Fall hunting season in Wisconsin has already begun and with it dreams of a family hunting cabin.  The remote areas where game is plentiful don’t necessarily offer the comforts of home.  So living ‘off the grid’ has grown in popularity as more people seek to simplify life and reduce their dependence on fossil fuel.

How Stuff Works.com describes it this way:

“The grid” is a common name for the power grid — the linked system that delivers electricity to the masses. A typical house is connected to power, natural gas, water and telephone lines. Going off the grid means shunning these public utilities in favor of creating your own energy. Some homeowners choose to be partially off the grid by supplying their own electricity and ditching their phone line, while relying on the convenience of city water and sewage. Others choose to live completely off-grid by digging wells or using a cistern system to collect water. A septic tank takes care of the sewage and, just like that, no more water bill either.    http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/living-off-the-grid.htm

Off the grid living doesn’t always mean extremely rustic.  This week we encountered a log cabin in rural Wisconsin being constructed for hunting and family gatherings.  Its remote location means it is inaccessible to public utilities.

Undaunted, the owner researched how to build independent of traditional power sources.  Electricity is provided by solar panels and a propane-powered generator.   A well was dug and a septic system installed.


This 3-bedroom, 1 bath cabin will be warmed by an efficient fireplace.  There’s plenty of room for the family to spread out and even storage in the exposed basement for all-terrain vehicles.


Log cabins have come a long way since the days of the pioneers.  The log construction is an intricate process.  These D-shaped logs allow for the traditional rounded log look on the exterior but with flat wall surfaces inside.





This pinnacle in the soaring roofline is the perfect spot to display that trophy animal from next season’s hunt.

When completed this log cabin will offer the comforts of home in a beautiful wooded and secluded setting.  Whether hunting or gathering as a family the cabin’s independence from traditional power sources will hardly be noticed.