What would be the VERY BEST way for me to TRANSITION into my newly adopted off-grid, survivalist, subsistence lifestyle? Answered
A 16'x16'x16', 256-square foot, A-frame cabin on an elevated 3' concrete paver floating DekBlock foundation with a 3'x 6'8" front flush door, one rear 48"x 48"horizontal slider window, and another upper 24"x 24" horizontal slider window for the sleeping loft.
I'm thinking that one of those standard U.S. Stove designs might provide just a little too much heat for my needs up in the Copper River Basin region of ALASKA's rural backcountry. Who knows? What are your suggestions for the above described "habitat"? Where can I find the best deals for my 256-square foot space? (Heating/ventilation-wise, we're speaking of subzero temperatures and heavy snowfall, so, I don't believe that "opening a window" is a practical solution for me if it gets too hot and smokey inside my A-frame.)
Plus, I've done the HEATING ESTIMATE for the A-frame I'm going to build and the numbers come out to about a 620,000 btuh (heat loss) for the new dimensions I'm finally settling on: 16'x16'x16' or 256sq.ft.
This calculation is for -50 degrees F with cold floor, ceiling, and glass surfaces taken into account. (Insulation isn't a factor this early in the design.)
"Wow!" I thought at first. "A 620,000 btuh HEAT LOSS! I reckon you can never have too much stove even for an A-frame design." (Being that A-frame cabins retain heat so well, and that my sleeping loft may get really HOT in the Winter, this was a preliminary concern.)
(4) 8"- diameter cardboard cylindrical concrete forms for pin-point piers;
(4) 84" reinforcement rods for pin-point concrete forms;
(16) Bricks for base of footing;
(24) Layout stakes;
(8) 5' batter boards;
(1) Spool of wire for joining the two 14" reinforcement rods for each footing base;
(1) Spool of line for marking building layout lines;
(?) Bags of cement;
(?) Bags of gravel;
(?) Bags of sand...
*A few questions about the amount of concrete needed for the four footings and the four concrete piers: "How much concrete will be needed for four 8"-deep concrete footings poured into four 16"-diameter, 44"-deep holes with each containing four bricks and the four reinforcement rod supports? How much concrete will be needed to fill four 8"-diameter pin-point concrete pier forms to an estimated height of about 80"-inches? How many total bags of cement, gravel and sand (aggregate) will my foundation require? Most importantly, how much will it all cost?"
A-Frame Structural Triangle (Theoretical Dimensions):
Sides = 16'
Base = 16'
Angles opposite sides = 60 degrees
Angle opposite base = 60 degrees
Area = 110.85125168441 sq. ft.
Perimeter = 48 ft.
(2) 2"x 10"x 16' girders;
(12) 2"x 6"x 12' rafters;
(6) 2"x 6"x 8' joists;
(4) 2"x 4"x 4' collar beams;
(10) 4'x 4' plywood sheets for subflooring;
(2) 16' framing braces for structural support against wind damage;
(?) 3200-square feet of roof/wall sheathing material for exterior surface areas...
*A few questions about the amount of roof/wall sheathing material needed to cover the 3200-square foot exterior surface area: "How much exterior sheathing will I need? How much will it cost? I understand that metal sheathing is preferred in the Copper River Basin region for its snow-shedding ability, so, given everything I've just said, what are my options for the A-frame I recently designed?"
My total approach to this whole subsistence lifestyle (i.e. living off the land within a small, confined space) is probably all wrong.
I understand that I might need to change my complete "mindset" and adopt a sort of NAUTICAL (or MARITIME) theme with my decor, furnishings and appliances.
Since I'm really getting into boats anyway (my one chosen option for escaping the bitterly harsh winters of ALASKA's COPPER RIVER BASIN if all else fails), I feel that marine stoves, composting toilets, and an overall nautical aspect in the "finish work" might help me cope since sailboat cabins tend to be tiny, and I may need to transplant a lot of what I have to my seagoing vessel, "Vera Essie".