Living off the grid is an ideal that is spreading further every month. The idea of being free to live life your own way, has led to many taking dramatic steps to be truly free of materialism and public services. While many of these projects are very personal journeys, Kris Harbour has been making videos detailing his journey with a tiny home nestled in some quiet woods.
Kris packed up from the big city to start his first big step
Early in Kris’ video, he explains who he is and what led him to living in a tiny home in the woods. There was a point in his life when he decided that he had had enough of “modern day” living and chose to make something simpler for himself. He describes his journey as follows:
“Four years ago now, I moved from London. Sold all my possessions from London. Bought a piece of land from Wales. I built this little roundhouse.”
Before showing off his home, Kris has a few morning chores to handle
But Kris wants to show a portion of his daily routine before going into the home tour. The video shows him leave his house on a chilly morning with the light just filtering through the Wales winter weather. He explains that he’ll get to the tour viewers were hoping for after he’s finished his morning chores.
Kris doesn’t need grocery stores since he has his own fresh eggs
Kris likes his chickens to be well tended to and happy, especially given how cold it can get during the winter. So not only do the hens and roosters get a healthy portion of chicken feed, but he’ll also heat up chicken feed for the younger chicks.
The chickens are kept in nice tight houses that are secured against wild animals and the elements so they can live full happy lives.
Kris’ cozy home in the woods is a lot more modern than you think
Kris finally returns to his home for the grand tour, after handling his other morning chores. He begins with an interior show showing how cozy and well-lit his home is. He’s got everything, from wireless internet, to a fully functioning stove, and log walls that he explains keeps his house secure from rain all year round.
The house even comes with heating a wood burning stove to keep the house nice and toasty all year round. Part of his daily routine even involves collecting logs that he chops early so that he’s never without heat.
Kris owns a sturdy home inside and out
Then Kris takes viewers on an exterior sweep of his home. He talks about how he keeps his walls sturdy all year round, with caulking to seal cracks and daily observation and care.
Some of his viewers expressed concerns over how sturdy and long-lasting log cabins could be. So he takes a moment to discuss it by saying:
“People have it in their heads that if you use wood with ingrain showing it will immediately rot and disintegrate…and it’s just isn’t the case.”
The best homes are accommodating to guests
But Kris isn’t the only one who loves his little home. He points out where birds often come to nest during the year. He likes to leave the birds to do their own thing only moving the nest and sealing the space when they’ve moved on. He then points out a hidden spot by one of his windows where bats come to stay.
He doesn’t mind the bats since they get along.
Kris explains how he lives so cozily
But how does he keep his home powered all year round? It seems impossible since he mentions having a workshop, home, and restroom.
Kris answers those questions with a brief tour of his hydro-generator. By using running water and a turbine, he produces enough power on his own to charge everything he needs without any effort. He does have solar panels as well, but admits that there are certain times of the year where they don’t do any good.
A one-on-one talk with the man himself
After his tour, Kris sits down and talks with his viewers about his life. He shares some insightful commentary that discusses more of why he’s lived the way he has and what he hopes to accomplish. Whether his story inspires his viewers to live off the grid or not, he’s happy to share his journey.
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