Bryce and Misty paid off their debts, left the city, and have spent the last 12 years building a cob home, homesteading, living off the grid, and homeschooling their two daughters.
They live without a car, so for transportation, they use taxis and bicycles, and they eventually hope to have a cart that their two horses can pull.
Living Off-Grid in a Self-Built Cob Home
The house is built with clay that they collected from the wetland area of their property, their well was dug by hand, and everything from the fences to the staircase was made with wood harvested within a 20km radius of their home. The cost to build the house was approximately $1,000 CAD, and any materials they couldn’t harvest from the wild (things like roofing and windows) they sourced from secondhand and reclaimed sources.
The home was initially a 2-story timber frame bunkie with cob infill walls. Eventually, they expanded the home to include a mudroom, a living room, a dining room, and additional bedrooms; and they experimented with wattle and daub, strawbale walls, and earthen floors while building these additions.
The kitchen is in the original 10’x10′ space and they cobbled together (with cob!) a wood stove that had broken legs and an oven beside it. This is where they do most of their cooking, except during the hottest weeks of the year when they cook outdoors. They heat all of their dishwashing water in kettles on the woodstove.
The living room has a wood stove, bookshelves, several seating areas, loads of windows, and a beautiful mosaic!
For food production, they have a permaculture food forest for fruits and vegetables, chinampa-inspired wetland gardens, a cow for milk, ducks and chickens for eggs, bees for honey, and they also forage and cultivate feral crops.
For electricity, they have solar panels on the roof and a wind turbine (currently non-operational), for water they have a hand-dug well and rainwater collection barrels, for heat they have a wood-burning device in each room, they have two composting toilets, and a rocket stove to heat water for their bathtub.
To meet the family and tour their home, check out the Exploring Alternatives video below!
VIDEO: 12 YEARS Living Off-Grid on a Sustainable Homestead in a Self-Built Cob Home
- Cob House Tour on YouTube
- Ultima Thule Homestead Blog
- Ontario Permaculture on YouTube
- Contact Bryce and Misty: ontariopermaculture [at] hotmail [dot] com
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