So far in 2012 I have (with help) built the in-house with composting toilet, added some (not great) LED battery lighting, put steel on the exterior, added gravel dust for the patio (to allow this to settle for next year’s project), updated (not completed) the kitchen and purchased the items for the off grid solar installation including fixtures. Below is what I spent on this phase.
Home Hardware building supplies=$1018.56
Northway building supplies=$159.84
Glen Supply building supplies1434.33
Canadian Tire solar system and building supplies= $570.33
Battery Expert for solar system=$91.41
Brewers Marine LED lights and wiring= $449.16
Woolsley Plumbing part for in-house $59.66
Habitat Restore sink 20.00
Guillivan wire 93.17
Labour (42 hours – Frame in-house, put on roof, cut and put up the steel siding) =$840.00
TOTAL = $5,124.60
I have also prepared what I believe to be a reasonably accurate breakdown of the costs of this project from 2010 to now.
This includes: the costs of THO, land, structures, aspects of homesteading, driveway and mistakes along the way.
This does not include: meals, insurance, legal fee, nor cost of living such as fuel, taxes, phone, books, paper, art supplies, clothing, gifts, vehicles…
2012 Phase 3 $5,124
2011 Phase 2 $9,239
2010-11 Phase 1 $11,740
Total, To Date (on building, driveway, homesteading) – $25,703
Land – $67,000
Investment in THO and Property $93,103 —–
$15,963 is the value of materials and paid labour for the THO and the cloth porch structures the remainder of the $92,703 is land, drive homesteading cost.
THO has (with the detachable in-house) 110 square feet of space; therefore, $145.12 is the cost of the structure per square foot. (The cloth porch is a bonus. The loft is a bonus due to the technical fact that it is not high enough to be considered in the square footage.)
If you include the loft space as 81.75 square feet then THO is 191.75 square feet; $83.25 is the cost of the structure per square foot. (The cloth porch is a bonus)