If you’re looking for a solar home, off grid living in the woods and being private, you might like our 1400 sq ft home 40 miles north of Colville. It’s a quality built home with a great floor plan. It has two large bedrooms. The master one has a walk in closet and ¾ bathroom with over sized shower, and the main bath has an over sized tub. Both have environmental compost toilets.
The spacious kitchen has lots of country white cabinets, solar refrigerator and a sink facing towards the dining room. There’s a good sized pantry with a door to the 3 ½’ crawlspace under the whole house. The utility room has white cabinets and is a convenient mud room by the back door. There’s another back door off the dining room for entertaining parties on the deck which will be built someday. We have the trusses already just waiting for their moment to cover the future deck.
We heat with an efficient wood stove and also with a propane heater when we aren’t home. Our propane tank is about 70% full and is also for the 40 gallon water heater, cook stove and clothes dryer. I built a gorgeous rock pad and up the wall for the wood stove. My dad and brother were brick and rock masons, so I got some hints from them.
Something I really love is our spacious windows across the front of the house that we use for passive solar, watching the snowfall and sunlight stream through the windows. All through the house are good sized pane windows. Another energy feature for off grid living is our quality solar unit, MagnaSine by Magnum Energy that gives us more than enough free power nine months of the year for our lights, fans, frig, freezer, kitchen appliances, and could do more. During the cloudy winter, we used a generator twice a day and spent about $25 a month average for gasoline to keep the solar unit charged.
We put two 450 gallon water storage tanks in the crawlspace and haul water from the neighbors who have delicious spring water. Eventually we planned to drill a well, but it’s on the list for now.
We carved out an extra space in the attic that is carpeted and quiet with extra insulation between the floors so we can keep it closed off when we aren’t using it. There’s pull down stairs into this extra room.
Our 5 acre treed property has a year around creek and many secluded spots to build a private rustic cabin or two. Since it’s a new home, we haven’t landscaped, but the garden is in and has raised strawberry beds and four 20′ rows of raspberries and some blueberries. It’s a nice area to live, so if you are looking to live off the grid and enjoy country living, you may have found your place.
We’re in a no cell phone area, but use a wifi phone through HughesNet, but it’s patchy. It’s best to text which works really good or Marco Polo us. Try our phones though because when we’re in town, we can be reached 509-953-4964 or 509-640-8085.
Civic Water Supply or None
Generator, Off-Grid, Solar/Hydro/Wind
Year Round Road
Large Properties, Undeveloped Land