The Most Amazing “Off The Grid” Homes in the WorldJuly 26, 2014
Until recently the term living off the grid was used to describe how hippies and criminals were living. Living off the grid is becoming more main stream. Living off the grid generally means you are not connected to a city’s electrical grid. These types of houses are self-sufficient. They produce all their own electricity and sometimes their own water.
Three Junipers, Arizona is one neighborhood that is off the grid. These are ranch style homes filled with many glass walls. The roofs are filled with solar panels to provide solar energy. It produces enough power to make the homes self-sufficient. The houses collect rain water that is filtered for regular use. This rustic community is completely surrounded by nature and is only 20 minutes from the nearest city.
In Yulan, New York there is a small cabin built completely of reclaimed lumber. Scott Newkirk designed it to be rustic and an escape from the busy world we live in. There is nothing modern in this home. There are no computers, no electricity, and no running water.
In LA there is a group called Valhalla California dedicated to building an off the grid community in the middle of town. The houses do not get electricity or gas from the city. They use solar energy and recycled water. The community has a food plot where residents get fresh fruits and vegetables. The houses are domes making them stronger than a normal house. The best part is the domes are cheap. They can be built for about $15,000.
In Canada, Free Spirt Tree Homes are wooden spheres that hang from trees. They are rustic and unique looking on the outside, but inside they can be quite luxurious. They range in size from small tree house size building to normal house size with several rooms.
Living off the grid can be an amazing experience. Many people don’t think they can do without all the modern conveniences of life, but they quickly find out how enjoyable and relaxing life can be without all the distractions of modern living.