Wilderness Life DIY: A City Family Bumbles Towards Self-Sufficiency

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Can a clueless city couple learn to build a house in the wilderness completely by themselves? What is life like on 525 watts of power? When is the right time to change a toilet bucket? The answers to these questions and more are in 'Wilderness Life DIY', the tale of a city family who leaves a comfortable city existence to make a home in the Australian Tasmanian wilderness.

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About Blythe Tait

Blythe Tait lives in the middle of nowhere in Tasmania, Australia with her husband Peter Robey, their two sons, and a dog in a house Peter and Blythe built themselves with no prior building experience. After a life in the city mostly engaging in pursuits in which they acquired no useful skills for homesteading (photography for Peter, poledancing for Blythe), they made the decision to take the leap, move to the wilderness, and figure it out as they went along. It seemed crazy enough to write a book about.
Find out more about them at their website http://www.thehousethatworkedout.com

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Charles Robey reviewed on June 22, 2016

What great insight into an intriguing part of your life. I like the detail of how and what you did to overcome obstacles and complete the build. Look forward to reading more about your amazing life in the wilderness.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
mmularski reviewed on June 8, 2016

I bought that book as a part of my research on self-building projects, as I am planning to build my next hose by myself. There is plenty of DIY books out there, some better than other, but with Blythe's book you get a first had experience from people who has done it with a great result. Great read, highly recommended for anyone planning to self-build. I cannot wait for a sequel.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Penelope Ashmore reviewed on June 5, 2016

This is a delightfully engaging and surprising read. I was hooked and couldn't stop. Blythe gives a warm and human angle to a remarkable story. I would love to see a movie of this book. I felt as though I was really there sharing the journey with this fascinating family as they DIY through an amazing modern-day frontier story.

This is a great book. Heartwarming and eloquent, I have no hesitation in recommending it to anybody interested in building your own home, or sharing the ride with some very brave people who did.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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