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Couple Ditch Modern Life for Pioneer Cabin Lifestyle in Missouri

This couple, Doug and Stacy, left the modern life for off-grid living in a pioneer cabin on their own land. This story, by the way, is brought to you thanks to Living Big In A Tiny House and Doug and Stacy.

Doug comes from a sales background. Now, they live a completely different life. And they love it. He figured out how to build a log cabin in 90 days. They even have their own horse and buggy! By the way, they left the city and have been doing this for over 7 years now.

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They Left The City And Went Off-Grid Pioneer Style…

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Without any prior knowledge or experience, he built the log cabin within 90 days. They run their own YouTube Channel where they share everything they do.

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They even built an enclosed and screened-in outdoor kitchen and hangout. This is amazing, isn’t it?

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They have their very own horses too…

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And buggy! Much like the Amish people who live around them.

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This is their water storage and collection system.

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The cozy sleeping loft in their pioneer-style log cabin.

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A view of the log cabin and the outdoor kitchen structure.

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This is the main area of the log cabin.


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Angle with front porch view. It’s pretty great, isn’t it? Be sure to watch the FULL VIDEO TOUR and INTERVIEW below.

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Video – Couple’s Off-Grid Pioneer Cabin Lifestyle

Would you ever consider leaving modern amenities for cabin-life like this? Be sure you watch the FULL VIDEO (above) so you can see and learn about their entire homestead. How they grow their own food, how they built their own cabin, and more. It’s pretty awesome!

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Doug and Stacy also have their own YouTube Channel which you can check out here or below.

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YouTube | Living Big In A Tiny House | OFF GRID with DOUG & STACY

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  • Sam Lasater
    August 15, 2019, 3:35 pm

    Fantastic home! Really loved the way the property and way of life changed! Would love to live there!

  • Jackie
    August 15, 2019, 4:54 pm

    Have to give them props for their effort. They’re good people, Anyone who can sleep upstairs during a Missouri summer without a/c has my respect. I know. I lived in Central Missouri for 26 years.

  • jerry
    August 15, 2019, 5:15 pm

    Love the way the ‘log’ cabin was built. Fast, easy, cheap. Any sawmill or even your own as not that expensive to buy a simple one or make your own, to make the 2-2.5″ planks . To join them route or saw grooves in the edge and a wood spline in it to seal out gaps or polyurethane glue that takes moisture to cure with or without dowels to hold it in place as the polyurethane takes days to cure.
    I’d likely insulate on the inside with paneling and wire , plumbing runs to keep heating, cooling costs low.
    Not having $400 of solar, battery for lights, fans, fridge is just needlessly making things harder. Living with kerosene lamps in summer and smelling, breathing the pollution is something I stopped doing quickly when I started sailing.
    With just 2kw of PV , $1.2k for parts, they could have A/C too for 25 yrs.
    My 10’x16′ only needs 1kw of solar for A/C but it has better insulation, smaller.
    I do like the outdoor kitchen, something I do 8 months/yr in Florida as too hot to cook indoors. I too have outbuildings though mine are 3 workshops shops and 3 sheds and another TH.
    There is something very freeing once you own your home, even a modest one. With a home garden, a solar system and lightweight EV once paid for, you have few bills giving time for fishing, travel, helping others, hitting up your bucket list, etc is very freeing, it is hard to describe how much the difference it can make in your life…

  • e.a.f.
    December 28, 2019, 5:00 pm

    this home and the 120 yr old Finnish cabin are reflective of how many families lived in North America not that long ago. these macmansions we see every where these days, are a thing of the latter part of the 20th century and have contributed to climate change. the tiny homes have a much smaller foot print, not to mention you don’t need as much furniture either. Its a money saver

  • December 28, 2019, 6:31 pm

    I love the simplicity. Years ago families of 4 lived in small log cabins and were much closer as a group.
    In the 1940’s the average home was 1300 s.f., now its’ 2400 s.f. Smaller is simpler, less wasteful, more
    efficient in many ways. Spend more money on extra land and views. Some people do like large homes.

  • Pete Wilson
    October 29, 2020, 11:04 pm

    I absolutely love this; what a great way to go. Common sense approach to a life that so many have forgotten what is important. Great little homestead with everything one needs.

  • Marsha Cowan
    August 16, 2021, 7:38 pm

    Very cool! and oh so pretty! It’s just the perfect size, right? So warm and inviting inside, and it looks like a lot of work spaces to process your own food and other things. Amazing life style. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 17, 2021, 10:52 am

      That’s what’s interesting with homesteading life — you do need quite a bit of space for things like tools, processing and storing what you raise.

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