“After years of living in big cities, Sonny and Linda Jobe decided to make a change as they entered into retirement. Buying a farm in Doddridge County in West Virginia, Sonny and Linda decided to live completely off-the-grid. They’ve installed several solar panels and also make their own honey and maple syrup. They have a garden, raise chickens and are considering goats in the near future. They claim they can go for months and not have to go to town if they want to. Video by West Virginia Uncovered.”
Source: Daily Mail.com
Couple Goes Off Grid, on to Savings is a post from: Natural Building Blog
It appears the answer is yes… habitable sheds are popping up in the UK.
“A fascinating business proposition in Oxford is moving the shedworking/tiny houses story forward.
As reported by the BBC Oxford businessman Robin Swailes is marketing £25,000 shedlike pods (3m x 2.5m) with electricity, kitchen, bed, toilet, shower, underfloor heating and running water as small homes for those struggling to get onto the property ladder in the city.”
Laura breaks downs recent costs of Tiny House Ontario.
“So far in 2012 I have (with help) built the in-house with composting toilet, added some (not great) LED battery lighting, put steel on the exterior, added gravel dust for the patio (to allow this to settle for next year’s project), updated (not completed) the kitchen and purchased the items for the off grid solar installation including fixtures. Below is what I spent on this phase.”
See the details – Exact Cost: Phase 3, Year 2, 2012 « Tiny House Ontario.
Here’s an example or extreme prefab… pre-build the whole house and fly it in.
“In remote lake-and-hill country within Switzerland, building on site is often not an option – some spots are, at best, accessible only by motorcycle, small car or boat. This house was dropped off and installed in record speed.”
Read more about this Helicoptered Home: Flown Micro-Prefab Set Up in 5 Minutes | Designs & Ideas on Dornob.