Building and living sustainably is a mindset of keeping things simple.
There is nothing more guaranteed to give you stress and anxiety than complicated advice for creating your home, additives in your food and chemicals to clean your dwelling.
Let the tension go. Breathe deeply. Start fresh, without worry.
Designing a tiny house, and making that happen on a budget is important both for the environment (reusing, repurposing and recycling help keep precious materials out of the landfill) and for the human (making do, upcycling and scrounging are all good for the soul, and the wallet).
Building a tiny house gets your innovative and creative side fired up; there are lots of ways to make life easier, from cooking meals over the open fire, or on the woodstove.
You may find that once you start finding alternative ways to live your life, you'll never go back to the rat race.
There are also lots of ways to save money and make things do double duty - there are a lot of ways to create useful stuff out of cast off junk, or what normally would be thrown away.
Just because a manufacturer has one thing in mind when they package and sell their products, doesn't mean that's the only way to use them. Find out more in the Home Tips and Tricks portion of the site.
Why is beauty so satisfying to humans, and what makes us appreciate natural materials, or salvaged treasures, and how to meld those with the other factors so important in a home; low maintenance, sustainable and comfortable?
In your journey towards sustainable living and building, you may come across some unique ways to think about hand built homes.
These are usually designed and constructed by the owner, who may not be trained in any kind of engineering or technical field, just very imaginative and creative.
What is most important to you?
Family and children who can grow up in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere with your example to follow?
A simple and satisfying lifestyle free from the hustle and bustle of the rat race?
Or just more control over your environment and surroundings?
The answers to these questions can guide you in your exciting journey of building your very own shelter; the human spirit yearns for the fulfillment and satisfaction of creating a home; not just a house.