I have been eliminating anything that is not useful to me. The magazines with country cottages full of little trinkets, baskets, etc with something in every corner does not appeal to me and seems like wasted space. If your hang your pots in the kitchen now that is efficient. The thing I liked the most about cob as oppose to straw bale is cob is easily formed for thermal properties and space. You can create nooks and shelves in the walls to keep more organized and have no clutter. Time is money and everything you spend time on should be valuable. So point taken, eliminate everything that is not a necessity. I have moved too many times from on conventional home to another and we all know the truck loads of furniture etc. I will gladly not do that again.
I am right now trying to decide if I want to hook up to the grid or start with a battery and inverter. Its $400 dollars to connect to the grid starting with a temporary then hook to the electrical panel. Its probably at least $700 just for the battery and inverter and 1 solar panel that produces 100w is about $200. I was thinking of hooking to the grid and buying the inverter and batter while I have the excess funds and buy panels as I can. This way I have the electric to finish building and as soon as the building is done I can focus on just the panels.
Things I know will be new to me that I am kind of nervous thinking "how much will this affect getting ready for work, cooking dinner, etc"
A compost toilet: From what I have read the toilet dehydrates better if it is in the sun. I think you start a compost for the dried matter and so I guess you simply empty the chamber as needed. Is anyone using one of there's and is it convenient?
Cooking: I didn't make room for a typical stove in the cob house because I can always use a small electric top or the top of the heat source. I am installing a clay oven, grill and fireplace right outside the house. I don't think this will change much in cooking time and convenience?
Water: I am still working on this one but the end product like washing cloths and bathing I think I will get an electric washer and hot water heater that I can hook to the grid for now.
As for careers, I have been laid off (like a lot of people) from the automotive field and so I decided to work for my self and insure my shelter. I am looking for jobs close to my property, what ever it is so I can have income while I work on going off grid and hopefully self sufficient. So, I have to be able to move there and work the property while being able to work.