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When building a homestead from scratch, one of the biggest challenges is building a home that is both comfortable and self-sufficient.
While you can build a cabin from lumber and reclaimed materials, the winter months will be difficult without some serious insulation. An alternative to traditional cabins is the Wofati-a basic pole structure with a waterproof covering and a green roof. The Tiny Life has followed permaculturist Paul Wheaton in his build of a Wofati.
Wheaton’s design is pretty simple and economical-the pole structure with earthen insulation, then a waterproof lining under a green roof. Sloping is very important to keep water draining away from the home, but most of the building materials can be locally sourced. Budgeting with materials is important because establishing a green roof can be the costliest part of the build. I particularly like the versatility of this structure-it can also function as a root cellar if you already have a home!
Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker
Do you remember the old root cellars our great-grandparents used to have? In fact, they probably built it themselves, right in their back yard.
If you want to learn how to build a backyard bunker like your grandparents had, without breaking the bank, then you need Easy Cellar.
Easy Cellar will show you:
- How to choose the ideal site
- Cost-effective building methods
- How to protect your bunker from nuclear blast and fallout
- How to conceal your bunker
- Affordable basic life support options
Easy Cellar will also reveal how a veteran, with only $421, built a small nuclear bunker in his backyard.