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July 12, 2023

Nifty Homestead - 5 Must Haves For a Homestead

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Nifty Homestead is a blog that educates its visitors on living a simpler lifestyle. The couple behind it are working towards their goal of living off-grid.

They raise breed livestock, cultivate crops in their kitchen garden and preserve food through water bath canning.

1. Build a Chicken Coop

Building an ideal chicken coop protects your flock from predators while producing eggs. Use one of the plans from these slides or design one yourself!

Dark stain accentuates the wood planks of this stylish coop. Elongated door handles and barn-style sconces add house-worthy touches.

This elevated chicken coop's walls and gable ends provide protection from pests for its birds. Use a straightedge to mark its centerline before cutting it off with a saw.

2. Build a Shed

Your shed can serve as an efficient storage unit for all of your tools, gardening supplies and extra produce. Clear and mow an open area suitable for building the shed before installing stakes with crosswise string to mark its back line and establish its foundation.

Shed wall framing is similar to floor framing, except it utilizes rim and band joists instead of traditional studs. Be sure to square off walls by pulling diagonals from opposite corners as you nail together each joist.

Asphalt shingles provide an affordable and straightforward roof solution.

3. Build a Wood Stove

Wood stoves are an essential feature in any homestead, offering ample heat during the cold months and serving to prepare food and warm the entire space. Furthermore, they can be used to dehydrate food for long-term storage as well as generate electricity.

This simple DIY stove employs thermal mass rocket design to release heat efficiently, making it both simple and cost-effective to make. This tutorial shows how you can turn an empty steel barrel with removable top into an efficient wood stove; though welding and technical tasks will be involved. It's definitely worth your while!

4. Start a Garden

Gardening can be an engaging and fulfilling hobby that reaps tangible results. Additionally, gardening provides an ideal opportunity to get hands-on with homesteading practices and expand one's horizons.

Create your homesteading goals. Your goals will determine the pace and approach of projects as well as which tasks take priority - for instance if your aim is raising livestock then building a chicken coop should come before planting an orchard or berry vines. Also keep your eye out for seed sales! You could save a lot of money this way.

5. Build a Fence

Utilizing fence panels will greatly expedite the building process while also making your fence much more attractive.

The Build Menu displays all items available to be constructed on your Homestead and their level requirements (in blue), functions (explained in purple) and building times (in red). A bottom button enables Pon Coins or materials to create items.

Before staining or painting your fence, apply a coat of primer first in order to extend its longevity.

6. Build a Shed

Sheds can be great places to store tools, equipment and other essentials. Plus, you can even use one as a workshop for crafting or other creative endeavors!

Prior to beginning construction, clear the site where your shed will stand and mow it flat. Be sure to get any necessary permits.

Like floor framing, shed wall framing requires using studs and top and bottom plates, stagger joints to save time. Also consider using recycled lumber in order to save money; you'll find this type of product at many lumberyards, building-supply recyclers and sawmills.

7. Start a Beehive

Beekeeping not only adds honey to your diet, but can also increase vegetable yields and help the environment - plus beekeeping can provide extra income!

Begin your beehive journey by crafting one or purchasing one from another player. Your beehive must reach level 5 to unlock honeycombs, but can still be moved around as long as its Bee Nest doesn't contain bees (using shears may disturb them).

Make sure to locate your hive in an area with dry ground. Hives located near marshes could become submerged during rainy weather and will succumb to being submerged under their surrounding terrain.

8. Get a Dog

Homesteaders understand that their livestock (chickens, goats, rabbits and calves) can become easy prey for predators such as coyotes, wolves, birds of prey, raccoons snakes snakes foxes bobcats and other wild animals). A good homestead dog plays an integral part in helping to protect animals on their farm; therefore a shock collar with vibration technology helps teach it appropriate behaviors as well as ensure its own wellbeing through diet and training.