Buying Land

United States
September 1, 2008 7:03pm CST
I am looking forward to the day when I can purchase a piece of land and begin my homestead. I've heard lots of stories to date about the pros and cons of owning your own land and the buying process. I'm looking to purchase about 10 acres in the bluegrass region of Kentucky. As far north and away from black bears as possible. lol Then I'd like to set it up so I can build a home. I'd like well water and to live as off-grid as possible. I don't know what the laws are for living off-grid yet. I'm waiting until I can afford land and then I'll be picky choosey. Does anyone here have experience with this sort of thing? How would you rate your land-buying experience? What are some things to watch out for? Did you add a well or city water to your property? Any advice on adding wells and septic?
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• United States
2 Sep 08
I don't have any advice for you, but I share a similar dream! I've been living up here in the mountains of Virginia and there are natural springs all around me where I can get water flowing straight out of the mountain, and I have been spoiled for anything else now, so any land I buy needs to have a natural spring on it. Have you ever seen a Pacific Domes tent?? That is what I plan on setting up if there is no house already on the property. In fact I plan on having a Pacific Domes tent whether there is a house or not! I want a Pacific Domes tent with a floating bed, a composting toilet and a wood burning stove. I am including these links just in case you are interested: http://pacificdomes.wordpress.com/category/sacred-geometry/ http://shelterdomes.wordpress.com/ http://www.pacificdomes.com/shelter_dome_gallery.html
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• United States
2 Sep 08
Sweet! I have a friend in oklahoma who owns about 80 acres with a natural spring. The water he bottled and brought me was fantastic! I can't drink city water without adding something, tea, drink mixes, kool-aid and such. I'm so envious! =D I've never heard of a pacific domes tent. I'll be checking out those links! From what I hear composting toilets fill fast and are hard to keep clean. I'd like to meet someone who has it before I'd go and buy one. Wood burning stoves are the best! Cast iron skillets help distribute the heat evenly and just makes an awesome meal. Oh, that's making me hungry! =D
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• United States
2 Sep 08
Darkjedi: I want one of those tents so badly I sit and stare at them for hours, daydreaming and planning! I REALLY REALLY WANT ONE!!!! Did you see the decks that you can build onto them?!? NekoWashu (hehehehe, your username reminds me of 'The Irish Washerwoman' - a song I am wanting to learn how to play on the fiddle!) Anyway, yeah, I could never go back to drinking any other water. I camped for about 6 months in the wilderness preserve by my house where there was a spring coming out of the mountain... it looked like a grotto that would be inhabited by fairies! After drinking that water it is hard to settle for anything less. I have 3 cast iron skillets which I use everyday, to the exclusion of anything else... unless I am cooking soup or something liquidy. I've never used a composting toilet, but I have had to dig latrine after latrine after latrine and I do not believe that keeping the composting toilet in good order would be worse than all that digging!!!
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• United States
2 Sep 08
Oooh that sounds so pretty! If the property I buy for my homestead doesn't have a grottoes or caves I plan to build my own. I think I have a link for that too, I'll make a not to uplaod it later. Inside my grottos will be a hot tub feature for a private retreat. One wall will have a connection to the koi pond (swimming pond) and I plan to dump a bunch of pretty stones, crystal geodes and clusters, and fake gold coins to reflect the light onto the ceiling of the grotto. Any fish that swim by on a sunny day will cast fish shadows on the walls though. lol The grotto will be located under my man-made waterfall feature so that the waterfall disquises the entrance. I am willing to bet any land with a natural spring is going to be expensive and hard to find. Especially since I already know I want to buy land in northern Kentucky. Maybe, if nothing else, I'll be near someone who does have it and doesn't mind sharing. I think I've heard of that song before. I think I saw it in a book of tabs for the ocarina. =)
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• United States
2 Sep 08
Oh! I forgot this link, which has been in my bookmarks for ages... I'm glad I finally get to do something with it! Hehehe. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/04/is-living-off-grid-right-for-you.php
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• United States
2 Sep 08
I love the shelter domes link! That is gorgeous! It reflects designs of my house that I made, and gives me more inspiration. =D Thank you for sharing!
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• United States
2 Sep 08
I can't even believe I posted 2 replies here, hehehe, this was supposed to have been added to my original one! Anyway, for a moment I thought you were saying you made your own house! My daughter and I do that a lot too... draw up the floor plans and what the house will look like on the outside... that's what you're talking about right? My daughter got a computer program to do it with even.
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• United States
2 Sep 08
Yep! And it changes everytime I do it cause I've found another interesting feature to add. lol I'm going to make scans and upload photos of some of them to share later today. I made plans for all the out building as well. Everytime I learn something new from my Countryside magazine or books or internet I change what I have. When you look at it that way, not having the money to build it right now is a blessing in disquise. I try to soak up all the information I can as well. I would love to see your designs, if you don't mind sharing!
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