We have decided to move to a retirement community from our beautiful off-grid, solar home on 60 wooded acres backed by DNR and National Forest on two sides. We have internet and wifi via satellite uplink-downlink dish and another dish for tv. We have no landline phone, and cell coverage is via antennas and amplifier system.
We had the shell of the 3400 square foot, two-story home finished for us in 2004, and we have been slowly completing the interior which is about 80% done.
The downstairs (1700 sq ft) is finished with a huge family room, pool table, stone fireplace with cooking crane, and wood stove; guest kitchen; 8x12 walk-in pantry; battery/storage room which also holds the inverter for the solar panels; shared full bath; vanities in the two downstairs bedrooms; and floor tile throughout.
The upstairs (also 1700 sq ft) is partially finished with drywall and paint throughout. The kitchen/great room is 900 sq ft. We are currently working on the main kitchen area which will be approximately 500 square feet and tiled. The kitchen has a professional, 6-burner stove with griddle, salamander and two ovens. There will be enough room in the open kitchen area for a large table in front of the upstairs stone fireplace with cooking crane. The great room, with its own wood stove, opens to the front deck and has a powder room off the hallway leading to the master suite. The covered deck is 10x42 and overlooks the valley to the north. The master suite is approximately 550 square feet and includes a walk-in closet, a separate toilet room, large (unfinished) shower stall, and space for the vanity and soaking tub. Except for the tiled kitchen, powder room, and master toilet room, there is no floor covering on upper floor.
The 560 ft well is tested pure and never fails. The large shop contains wood, auto, and metal working tools. Kubota Tractor has 6' snowblower, backhoe, pallet forks. There are working chicken and duck houses with solar-electric fenced yard.
Our home is about 3 miles up an unpaved county road. We are about 1500 feet above the town of Chelan in elevation. Hiking, hunting, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, painting, star-gazing, photography, gardening, writing, and reading are good activities in the area as well as watching for the wildlife that live in the area including deer, coyote, wolves, bear, big-horned sheep, owls, cougar, eagles, hawks, and a multitude of other birds.
Designated as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) in 2009, Lake Chelan offers a one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience featuring over 20 wineries, many of them award-winning. There is also a blossoming art/music scene.
The town of Chelan (15 minutes away) is at Southeast end of Lake Chelan, a crystal-clear, 55-mile long, 1486 feet deep lake, 3rd deepest lake in U.S. The mostly wilderness surrounded lake is landlocked, and annually stocked with nearly 900,000 fish, making it a fisherman's destination.
Thanks Texasgirl. Coincidentally, our goal is to move to Georgetown Texas as soon as we sell this place. It's been very rewarding and lots of fun living here but it's time to take it easy and let someone else feed the chickens, .......
Well, Yeehaw then. I like Georgetown. Close enough to Austin and the Hill country and far enough away all the same. I make hubby feed the chickens. They mostly eat bugs and Lord knows what else in this climate.
The first floor is set up to be a self-contained unit: two bedrooms, kitchen, 20'x36' living room, full bath, level entry, own parking area at the same grade, handicapped-accessible, wood stove and 4' fireplace, 8'x12' pantry, etc., with total area of 1,700 sf. We thought about renting it out, but didn't, or starting a B&B, but didn't.
Here's what you need to live off grid - tinfoil, duct tape and a sense of humor. This is me testing locations for a cell phone rebroadcast antenna inside the house. I taped the antenna to a cookie sheet, to avoid feedback to the outside antenna, filled in some gaps with tinfoil and tested it. And made myself a hat while I was at it. The battery room, behind me, wasn't the best location but I WAS protected from those pesky alien signals... for a while at least. Sorry the picture is blurry, we were both laughing pretty hard.