Welcome, once again, to our Make the Empire Pay Series.

Every weekend, I’ll bring to you the best tips available for living a freer, more self-reliant life.

This week, I’m going to share with you something that’s on my personal five-year plan. This plan has three simple steps.

First step, find a place I could see myself actually living.

Second step, buy land.

Third step, build a nice cabin in a weekend for less than $5,000.

I don’t know where this cabin will be built. And I’m going to spend the next 4.9 years traveling around and figuring it out. But I have a list of requirements it must meet.

For example, I must be able to dig my own well. (My parents have their own well and I grew up on well water and don’t fall for the hype about the dangers of not plugging into the city.) And I want it to be in a place where being completely off-grid isn’t considered a crime. Moreover, I want to be able to grow my own food, count my own chickens, and have a couple of goats to tend to the lawn for me.

If that means looking outside of the Land of the Free, then so be it.

Credit where it’s due: I discovered this “secret” on the DIYAltEnergy blog here.

The company I’m looking at to buy a “cabin kit” is called Arched Cabins. On their website, you can purchase as small as an 8’ x 8’ kit ($960) to as large as a 24’ x 40’ ($10,000+).

But if you’re not all about the “tiny home” movement, and need your space, you can also use these kits as a supplementary guest home on your land, if you’d like.

As DIYAltEnergy points out, you can use it as a private office or art studio in your backyard…

You can have a place for your mother-in-law to rest her fangs far enough away to not have to listen to her growl in her sleep.

You can have it as temporary housing while your house is being built.

You can use it as a place to rent out for some extra income. (GREAT idea!)

Stay tuned for more information on my journey to self-sufficiency. I’ll keep you posted from time to time in these missives on how it’s going.

In the meantime, if you’re interested, take a look at the FAQ for Arched Cabins. And do some research on other cabin kits. There are plenty of options.

If you find anything interesting, feel free to email it over: Chris@lfb.org.

Stay safe. Stay free.

Until tomorrow,

Chris Campbell
Managing editor, Laissez Faire Today

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