A self-built log cabin, yurt, cargo container, straw-bale house, earthship, cob house, cordwood house, tumbleweed or tepee?
Any guesses of which structures/houses we have thought about living in? (cabin, yurt, cargo container, straw-bale house, earthship, cob house, cordwood house, tumbleweed or tepee)?
If you guessed all of them you would be wrong…. we never once considered living in a tepee.
Note: The above is an Alaskan’s Tepee (John and Heather Pearsons, owner-operators of Kenai River Floats, Cooper Landing, AK) who lived in it for three years, summers *and* winters.
John told me the key to the structure was to have the shorter second layered wall inside the tepee. He said it would cause an updraft so you could have a roaring fire without getting smoked out. Smart.
Back to our story.
No to Tepee, but yes to the rest of the structures. Why? We have discussed living off the grid, no mortgage, small footprint, live in nature, disconnect, downsize, stop having so much stuff.
We have talked about, and considered, each structure. Most are self-made, all smaller, all somehow connected to nature. Some are good ideas, others not so good, and others that could be make to work. Yet we never pulled the trigger. We continued to collect our “stuff”, we certainly have not downsized, and we are getting older, not younger.
Basically our home is where we store all our stuff, get a bigger house, get more stuff.
We so want to change that.
Structures Considered (not tepee):