What’s it like living off the grid?
The “pioneer” lifestyle of yesteryear has basically vanished.
Modern life and luxuries have afforded us electricity to power refrigerators, air conditioning, stereos, and so on.
But one couple recently left the typical modern life on the shelf for greener pastures.
Meet modern-day pioneers Doug and Stacy of Missouri.
They don’t need the “modern life.” They prefer to think – and live – outside of the box!
They prefer their wide-open spaces and fresh air.
Welcome to their home on the range.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any deer or antelope on the farm at this moment!
There are, however, a plethora of expertly crafted wooden buildings and engineered utilities.
The structures on their property are modeled to take full advantage of every practically beneficial natural resource, from sun to water.
Through hard work and an understanding of local environmental conditions, Doug and Stacy built their masterpiece.
They even had some help from a nearby Amish community!
The aerial view’s exceptional!
The property contains a functional cattle farm with numerous buildings that have separate purposes.
Doug and Stacy indicate that they’ve modeled their setup after past American pioneers, who also favored separate, specialized units.
They note that most farms keep their buildings spread apart, but mobility concerns made them rethink conventional wisdom.
Naturally, they have a grand garden!
Home is where the heart is.
Did I mention that they have some flourishing bee colonies?
Good for them, bees are among the most important keystone species in the world!
They’re efficient with their water, making use of excess runoff.
A little homemade engineering goes a long way!
It’s truly amazing how beneficial recycling and efficient resource use can be!
Their running water’s fueled completely by gravity!
“No pumps, no power, no problem!”
But what’s a farm without cattle?
Drone footage captures their homestead in all its glory.
This is the epitome of wide-open spaces!
So far, we’ve only seen the sprawling outside.
Doug and Stacy are ready to show off their beautiful cabin!
The downstairs is breathtaking.
That’s some exceptional woodwork.
Notice the lack of electrical appliances. Yup, you guessed it! They don’t use electricity at all!
The bathroom’s both ergonomic and adorable!
Every room’s brimming with elegant woodwork and efficient use of space.
What do you think of toilet?
Despite their humble lifestyle, they’re still appreciative of modern luxuries.
Doug’s kind of a jokester, too.
“We’re in the Midwest so it gets really hot and humid here so yeah you’ll long for the air conditioning a little bit. We might spend extra hours at Walmart.”
The couple admits that they’ve simultaneously reduced their carbon footprint and increased the quality of their lives in various ways.
These days, they’re much more aware of weather patterns and local environmental conditions.
They’ve dabbled in agriculture, woodworking, and engineering.
They’ve learned so much living off the grid!
Anyway, the downstairs is awesome, but have you checked out the second story bedroom?
Well, there you have it!
Doug and Stacy have it made in the shade and have it won in the sun. Their “simple life” ain’t too bad.
It’s definitely not for everyone, but living off the land comes with its benefits. Life’s not that hard when you live humbly and have an amazing partner!
So what do you think of Doug and Stacy’s humble lifestyle? Do you prefer rural or city life? Maybe the suburbs?
It’s evident that Doug and Stacy prefer their clear skies and fields of grass. Their tour was a learning experience in itself!
Don’t forget to watch the entirety of their video in the player below!
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