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it has been fun working on the Summit Lodge together! Eddie and Rosanne Hutto, owners of Hutto’s Highland Haven, an off-the-grid bed and breakfast that caters to couples, put it this way: “It’s not an easy life to live. It’s simple in a lot of ways, but not necessarily easy.” If you’re aiming for off-the-grid, self-sufficient living, prepare for the steep learning curve by gaining the skills you will need – such as canning, gardening, animal husbandry, carpentry and basic mechanics. Build a nest egg and begin stockpiling tools. Meet with people who are living the life you want to acquire. If you don’t know anyone, consider staying at an off-thegrid property for a few days such as Huckleberry Tent & Breakfast (www. HuckleberryTentAndBreakfast.com) or Hutto’s Highland Haven (www.huttos highlandhaven.com). Here’s some parting property advice from some folks who have lived the offthe-grid life in Idaho for more than 20 years. • “The land is the important part. If you don’t like the house, you can always remodel the house. You can always replace the house. You can do something with the house, but if you don’t like your land, you’re kind of stuck.” –Christine Dick • How much land to be sustainable? “Six acres or more, because you want that timber (tax) exemption – that’s what keeps it economical. … It keeps your taxes so reasonable.” –Christine Dick • Always consider your elevation, growing season and fertility of the land. “You could have a hundred acres … but, you need to be able to get something to grow out of the ground.” –Eddie Hutto • “Start cutting back on your consumption of electricity. See how low you can get your power bill comfortably in your current home, and then it’s easier to transition over to solar.” –Tim Dick • Finally, remember, the best part of living on off-the-grid property: “It helps you keep life in perspective.” –Rosanne Hutto

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Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...

Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...