For 30 years I’ve wanted to build my own off-grid, energy efficient home and I’ve been drawing various designs for it on envelopes since I was at school. My grand design is a little smaller than most people’s idea of a home and this is a test run to prove to myself I can actually build a house. Start tiny, then move up in size once I have the skills established. Once it’s built, it will become my permanent home until I buy a piece of land and build something larger. During that time I’ll not be paying rent and hoping to save money, collect materials and experience so that I can ultimately build the next house without needing a mortgage.