Saturday, December 16, 2017

Construction Projects for the New Homestead

The ability to establish a private homestead is an exhilarating feeling. Being able to walk outside to harvest your own food, from organic vegetables to free range meat and dairy, is a level of self sufficiency that many people do not get to experience. With all of this self sufficiency also comes a lot of work, especially in the form of construction and land improvement. Here are a few construction projects that many new homesteaders might be interested in tackling.

Outdoor Lighting

This is a bit generalized, as a homestead will need multiple forms of lighting in order to care for the animals, buildings, and machinery after daylight fades. One of the most important sources of outdoor lighting will likely come from utility poles that are commonly obtained from electric cooperatives. Otherwise, one could also find a utility pole supplier and install his or her own solar powered lights in order to reduce the dependence he or she has with the local power grid. One perk of solar lighting is that the lights should not fail during a power outage or dangerous storm; as long as the lighting system is not damaged. A blackout on a homestead could be dangerous, especially if animals need to be checked during the middle of the night.

Lean To’s, Coops, and Other Livestock Shelters

Virtually all livestock animals need protection from inclement weather; even cattle. The best beginner construction projects for a new homesteader would include small chicken coops and small goat shelters for 1 to 3 animals. Lean to’s are a bit bigger, and will require a bit more work. For those who are anticipating chickens or goats in the near future, it is never too early to get started with the first animal shelter project.

Storage Buildings

The skilled homesteader will also require storage buildings, as storing tools and feed inside of one's home could get ugly. Homesteading requires a large amount of yard tools, livestock equipment, small machinery, hand tools, power tools, feed, hay, straw, fencing, and so much more. In addition, a homesteader will need a place to work. Multiple storage buildings are necessary for even small to medium sized operations. These buildings will keep tools and feed safe, but they may take quite a bit of money, time, and training to build. Hiring construction companies or buying assembled sheds are great options as well.

Construction projects are one of the most exciting items on a homesteader’s to do list. Anticipating the different needs of a homestead can help an individual to educate themselves and prepare financially for the projects that must be tackled. There is no greater joy than knowing one can build and provide for a family with their own hands!

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