I’ve written about this Simple Solar Homestead before but LaMar has made some improvements to his website including the addition of videos and photos of cabins built from the plans in his book. His book is called Simple Solar Homesteading and its 196 pages and costs $19.95. He also sells a $5 ebook called Off-Grid Solar Power.
The structure of the 14′ by 14′ cabin below can be built for about $2,000 in materials. His book is packed with all sorts of ways to live off-the-grid on a low budget. Back in 2008 I bought an earlier version of this book (as an ebook) and was amazed with all the information inside. It’s exciting to see LaMar expanding his online content and offering and update to his already amazing book.
Visit Simple Solar Homesteading
Photo credit to LaMar Alexander.
Update: The day after I posted this LaMar posted this great little video slide show of how this little cabin was built.
Unfortunately Lamar’s book was barely short of a complete waste when it was $5, now that he has increased the cost, the value of the content has decreased exponentially.
To make matters worse he is quite simply dishonest in his claims as to the cost of his uninspired shack. He claims a total cost of $2000, but that does not include anything other than the shell, and that not even weather-tight. That means no electrical, no plumbing, no interior, no windows, no doors, nothing at all other than the most basic shell. That would be understandable if he was clear about this, but for those not paying close attention, and not privy to some of the revelations he has made on his yahoo list, it would appear that he is trying to simply pull the wool over the eyes of hopeful would be tiny home owners.
The other plans in his book are even less useful. His “composting toilet” is nothing of the sort. Instead he ignores the toilet part entirely, and suggests digging a pit to empty the waste into, a pit lined with thin plastic and inaccessible for clean out. Oh sure he put a plexiglass top on the pit, but that is hardly worth the price of the book..
Sadly Lamar is one of those charlatans who can only give the tiny house and homesteading movement a bad name.