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There are many potential reasons which make building shelter in an area out of the limelight. One of these places is in the woods. However, there are many considerations which should be kept in mind before embarking upon such an endeavor.

The first thing you must do is to carefully study the portion of the woods you are considering building a house in. Heavy research on the area must be conducted, preferably physically, or failing that, through internet searches and book reading. You must also take into account the type of climate the area usually experiences.

If your chosen location is mostly hot and dry, there is an increased risk of forest fires, which means you may have to reconsider your chosen area. You must also assess nearby sources of water. This is extremely important. If this isn’t available in good supply and quality, this makes the prospect of building your house in that area untenable. You must also consider if there is a driveway nearby should you either need more supplies or for any reason need to make an escape from the area.

The next question is of resources. It is preferable to use logs which are in the immediate vicinity, as this will save you having to transport logs to the site, and thus risking the ‘right of the grid’ status of your planned house. If you are planning to do this, you will need the correct tools, including: a chainsaw; an axe; a sledgehammer; a ladder; a tape measure; pliers and a wheelbarrow. In terms of building materials, you will need: foundation materials; logs; insulation materials; doors and windows and roofing materials.

Now to the actual building of the house. Firstly, you will want to lay the foundations of the building. For this, you will likely need a strip or a raft. Once you have laid the foundations, you will need to fell your logs, debark them and then notch and raise them. The best way to notch and raise the logs is through making vertical cuts to the logs through using a chainsaw, and then knock out wood chunks using a hammer. You then fit the logs. Next, you will need to create two gable walls for the roof joists to rest upon. These should form a triangular shape to create your roof.

Once you have the house built up, another very important consideration is that of generators. You will need either a whole house or a solar generator. Whole house generators are available on the market for prices of around $5,000. These are robust, effective and durable and are created for the purpose of emergencies, so will fit perfectly into your ‘off the grid’ house in the woods. Solar panels can also be fitted upon the roof of your new house. This will probably be a much more reliable bet in the event of a long-term, universal power cut, as energy from the sun can be used for the power needed to run your ‘off the grid’ house.

After you have then fitted the doors and windows and have decided the room allocation of each internal enclosure, you now have your very own ‘off the grid’ house in the woods, ready should the relevant situation arise.