Do you ever feel like that you don’t have control over your life and your life controls you? Do you want to break from your forced routine and not be resigned to your life like everyone else? If you want to know a way to regain control over your life and if you can handle hard work, please read on.
Hello, my name is Bobby Kundu. Welcome to my website.
I am a 25 year old college graduate who managed to land a software development job. Ever since I was little, my parents always emphasized the importance of getting a college degree and landing a decent job. I did just that. I went to and graduated from U.V.A.(University of Virginia). Eventually, after several interviews, I finally landed a job in Software Development. However, it was then I learned how it felt like being trapped by my job and my lifestyle.
Here is the lifestyle I obtained as a result: I spend 2.5 hours for round-trip to work(it’s quite far), 8 hours for actual work, and few hours to study IT-related subjects at home as any job needing technical knowledge always requires learning. The last bits of my waking hours are for basic maintenance like showers and eating. This cycles into the next day for 5 days per week. It’s plenty of work for a 9-to-5 job. This is not the main reason I feel trapped in my lifestyle.
The real reason is that all of my needs, especially real needs, constantly require financing. What are the basic human needs? At a material level, they include housing, sanitation, water, electricity, and food. Where I live, the cost of living is not cheap. To sustain myself, I end up having to pay large for mortgages, various utility bills, and a monthly food bill. Because I am dependent on these necessities that are outside of my control and provided by others, I don’t feel like I have the control over my life that I wanted. I could leave my job if it wasn’t for these financial obligations. Then again, financial obligations are everywhere even if I got a different job.
It was then I realized that in order to have control over my life, I had to be able to produce my own necessities without relying on or purchasing from suppliers as much as possible; in other words, self-sufficiency. It was then I thought and researched how to obtain self-sufficiency. The answer I got is what I believe is satisfactory for me and many others who would want to regain control of their lives.
What was my answer?
To gain self-sufficiency, one can live in an off-the-grid tiny house. To elaborate, if one had a tiny house, one can be free from mortgages, house-related debts, and rents. A tiny house is a 1 story house with about 100-400 sq. ft. area. A good way to understand what a tiny house is is to compare a tiny house to a small studio apartment suite turned into a house. It’s small yet provides all necessities. Because they’re small, tiny houses can be made by hand cheaply and with salvaged parts; this is why tiny houses can make one independent from mortgages, house-related debts, and rents. What going off-grid means is breaking away from dependence on public utilities which are part of the “grid” of society’s infrastructure. To do so means to stop depending on the utilities for necessities like water, electricity, septics, and etc. To be off-grid, there are self-sufficient alternatives to all these. Renewable power for electricity, composting toilet/gravity leach field for septics, well(s) for water, farming for food, and etc.
Now try comparing the circumstances of Mr.A who lives in a rent-free and debt-free off-grid tiny house vs Mr.B who lives in a house that requires rent/mortgage payments and is on-grid. Let’s assume both Mr.A and Mr.B both quit/lost their jobs. Who do you think would be better off? If Mr.B loses his source of income, he cannot pay his mortgages/rent, utility bills, and food; even if he is able to temporarily sustain himself with his bank account, he will be under pressure to replenish his income for his needs. Mr.A, on the other hand, assuming he made his off-grid tiny house right, will still have his tiny house (mortgage/debt-free thus no confiscation), water well for water-related needs, renewable power for electricity, composting toilet for waste needs, farmed food, and etc; Mr.A isn’t as desperate for income as Mr.B. Doesn’t this mean Mr.A is better off and has more control over his life than Mr.B because of his self-sufficiency? Even if Mr.A’s home was partially off-grid, he would still be under less pressure than Mr.B.
However, living in an off-grid tiny house is not for everyone. Mr.A in many ways has to work harder than Mr.B because he isn’t leaving the work of providing for the needs to utility companies and others. Others are satisfied with earning an income and having to pay for their needs from others without having to put in work to self provide for those needs. Off-grid tiny house living is not for the halfhearted, but for the determined because it demands a life-style change.
Why this website?
My own dream is to one day have my own off-grid tiny house. Sadly, I cannot do it at present time. What I want to do in the meantime is to share my answer and show others how to pursue self-sufficiency via off-grid tiny house living via blogging to impart what I have learned and as a learning experience. If you want to start learning about off grid living with tiny houses, I recommend starting with reading all the pillar articles in the menu bar at the top for foundational knowledge of off-grid practices and principles and of tiny houses. Afterwards, you can start reading the archived blog posts which will build upon what you have learned from the pillar articles. As I am new to blogging, I will post every Wednesday and Friday for now. Occasionally, I will try to post on Monday too; I’ll warn ahead of time via email broadcast, the end of a previous post, or via update post. My long term eventual goal is to be able to post at least 1-2 times per week if not more.
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Image Attribution(You May Skip This):
- My Website Header Image(contains 5 smaller images):
- Website Logo(Leftmost Image): This is my website’s current and 2nd brand logo updates from my previous one(if you have seen it); I may update it again in the future. However, I reserve all rights to this logo and under no circumstances can anyone else use it as their own.
- Adobe Tiny House: Image from this ‘The Flying Tortoise’ blog post
- Cob House: “At Hollyhock” by Gerry Thomasen under CC-BY-2.0
- Tiny House on Wheels(sideways): “French doors” by Tammy Strobel under CC-BY-2.0
- Tiny Container House(Rightmost Image): “Container House” by m-louis .® under CC-BY-SA-2.0
- Header Image for Facebook Page (click social media icons on top right after “Follow:” to see page):
- Tiny House Out in the Open: “tiny house” by Tammy Strobel under CC-BY-2.0 (image removed)
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- Same as #2(for the time being)
- My Avatar Image(looks like an Xbox sphere in space): This image was created by me using GIMP. For this image, I, the website owner alone, reserves all rights to this image. This means under no circumstances can anyone else use this image with or without a citation or reference.