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Couple’s 3 Years Living Fully Off-Grid in a Tiny House


Pat & Mel built this tiny house in Ontario, Canada as a way to stop paying rent, and to start living a simple, minimalist lifestyle.

They lived in it completely off the grid for 3 years while it was parked on a friend’s land, but they recently decided to sell the tiny home and buy a house because it was cheaper than buying vacant land (a down payment on a piece of land in Ontario is often 35%, while the cost of a down payment on a home is often as low as 5%).

While they were living in the house, they were completely off the grid. They used a wood stove for heat, solar panels for electricity, propane for hot water and cooking, and they collected rainwater for all of their water needs. They used a composting toilet (Nature’s Head) since they didn’t have access to a septic system.

Couple’s Off-Grid Tiny House Lifestyle

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This is the first tiny house setup we’ve seen that uses 100% rainwater collection for all their water needs. Check out the video below to see how they collected and stored their rainwater for year-round use.

VIDEO: 3 Years Living Fully Off-Grid in a Tiny House

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  • Avatar Marsha Cowan

    Pretty amazing! The house is gorgeous, but the ingenuity is pretty cool, too! I live in AZ, so don’t think it would work here, but most places in the country, that set up would be ideal. Great job! Beautiful house!

    • Avatar Toni

      Why not? There are quite a few of us off grid in northern AZ. We just get totes and trailers for water. It’s not for everybody but we enjoy it.

      • Avatar James D.

        There are limitations for which counties will allow Tiny Houses in AZ but there are exceptions…

        Check out youtube channel Handeeman (DIY Homestead Projects, previously known as Life In A Box)… Tiny House homestead in AZ, they use rain catchment and solar…

        Not everyone can have as good a setup as they have but it shows what’s possible…

  • Avatar cheri roshon

    I hear that they want to sell it, but I don’t see a price anywhere. Help?

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