“Hey folks from Shelter publications,
My name is marco, i live in the middle of the biggest woods from germany and i write you out of different motivations.
First of all i wanted to thank you for inspiration and motivation , it really made it easier, to see so many people allready living what i dreamed for myself.
Secondly- I just read your new book “tiny homes” and saw that you looking for more houses two make a second book. Heres my story hope you´ll like it.
Four years ago i felt like there should be something constant in my life, after two years of living out of my backpack- during exploring europe by foot, bike, bus, canoe and sailing boat. My grandma owns a nice piece of land, two miles away from the next village, and its a nice place to be. There are drinking water sources, two little lakes and a little stream running threw, where we used to build hoovers and canoes when we were children….
I made some drawings, organized wood and started right away with no experience- just learning by doing it. I could get nice insulated, wooden windows for free, i found an old woodstove and i made the shingles for my roof from a tree of my place. The only things i had to buy were the Hemp insulation, screws etc, some special wood, an oven flue… I payed less than 1500 Euros. All in all it took me about six months to build that thing and it made me happier than anything before.
At this time i met Laura – we felt connected from the very beginning. She gave up her student apartment, moved into the treehouse and after two more months she could start a new life in her own little house. Since Laura is studying electrical engeneering, it was easy for her to supply her house with electricity by photovoltaik- using the power for lights and charging laptop or tool batteries.
To eat dinner without a light on my head made me think about electricity in the treehouse. I wanted to use the power of water, so i built an waterwheel to supply my shelter.
Then we started a garden, and we were suprised how much food it’s producing. A lot of our friends get food we´re not able to eat.
Next step for me was to bake bread. I was fascinated by these old big ovens used to be everywhere in my region. I got inspiration by the few ovens that “survived” the last century, then i salvaged material and started.
Now we bake bread once a week and when we have guests, there is stoneoven pizza for everybody.
My dad gave me some planning and tool support and the whole project took four weeks of hard physically work and just about 800 Euros.
Since last winter we´re been able to take a bath or shower, a great luxury for us;)
We have two dogs, one cat and two horses sharing theire lives with us, and life is good.
Thirdly we need a help or advice: Two weeks ago people from the government showed up, to take pictures of everything and tell us that our houses are illegal. Now they want us to deconstruct our houses and the oven with the same hands we built it. It really freaks me out and makes me sad at the same time. We already talked to a lawyer specialized on building issues, but the law is against us (you´re not allowed to built huts on your own land in germany) and she thinks there is no way out- if they really want us to go- we have to leave.
We already talked and thought about emigration before the government showed up, but since that day we concreted our plans. We decided to go to Canada and did research on the internet and on books, on what conditions we have to fullfill to move there. But there are still some leftover quetsions. Laura is finishing her study in next years june- and i don´t think she will have big problems in finding a job. But for me its a bit more complicated i guess, i did not learn anything in a official way and i can´t see me doing a job in a factory…
As far as i know i need an working contract or a certain amount of money in the bank—which i definitly not have, even if i sell my tools and bike.
So i hope that somebody (who reads your blog may) have information, ideas or contacts that could help us emigrate to Canada. I would enjoy to work as a carpenter or something like this.…So if you´d like to help us and see any chance or have any information or contacts that could help, please let us know.
Regards Marco and Laura”