In this series, we will be looking alternative housing solutions in the Grey-Bruce region. Rental housing is becoming more limited while property prices are going up.
As a result, this scarcity impacts our economy. Our aim is to provide viable solutions – however those solutions will require change.
If you missed Part One of the series, you can read it here.
The Pros of a Micro Homestead
There is an abundance of pros when it comes to living on a micro homestead.
First, you’ll end up with more space to use for gardening so that you can grow food that enables you to live off the land.
No more having to worry about racing to the grocery store to paying expensive prices.
You’ll be able to grow the food that you need not only for your current use, but you’ll be able to can and set aside food for the months that your garden isn’t growing.
By living on a micro homestead, you can live a life that’s sustainable by your own efforts. If you created a balance between what you can grow and what you can’t by having animals such as chickens or other small animals, you can create a cycle of homesteading that will meet your needs.
Micro homesteading allows you to have more land room so that you can practice crop rotation. This lets you have unused areas so that you can continually produce good food crops.
When you homestead, look for land that gives you access to fresh water off the grid or allows you to have the room to set up a rainwater collection system.
This system will provide you with the water you need to take care of the crops, your own water needs, as well as any animals that you might have, yet still keep you off the grid.
In going micro, you can work the land that you live on to make it produce for you. But you don’t have to have this option. You can also work on rented land.
There are many instances where people own land and need it farmed by someone else. By setting up on rented land, you can use your portion of the crops to feed your needs without having the high cost of buying land.
Living on rented land gives you the choice to move on if you’d like to live in another location. Homesteading this way gives you a comfortable place to stay. Plus, it’s an inexpensive lifestyle.
You won’t be burdened with utility bills or all of the other cost of living bills that hang on to other people. Micro homesteading is minimalist living that, instead of chasing a life allows you to actually live one.
The Cons of a Micro Homestead
Minimalistic living isn’t for everyone, regardless of how much they might want the lifestyle. Larger families can find this type of living very difficult and trying on their relationships because there’s simply not enough room for everyone to have a space to have some privacy.
The woman in the video above split up with the man she built her tiny home with.
But it can also be rough on smaller families that just don’t like the kind of lifestyle that calls for letting go of some material possessions. Living in a micro home can require some adjusting of living space layout.
For example, if your kitchen area has a fold-away table and you need the space to double as an office, then shifting things around can get trying during those times when you’re in a hurry or tired.
You won’t be able to keep the amount of things you once had that you feel made your life easier. There won’t be room to keep all the cooking utensils or variety of other kitchen items that you may have been used to.
Some people can go through a short period of adjustment and they end up liking the micro living. Others can’t take feeling more confined once they downsize. Not having room for entertaining or room for guests to sleepover can be a problem for some people.
Also, extended family members might oppose micro living and if they’re vocal about it, this can lead to family tensions.
Depending on the location where you place your micro home, you may end up feeling that you live too far away from amenities that you’re used to.
While micro homesteading can be a peaceful, self-sustaining way of living, it’s simply not a good fit for everyone.
To be continued this week…