Why A Man Gave Up The “American Dream” For A Hand-Built Cabin With No Power Or Running Water… – Eco Snippets

Why A Man Gave Up The “American Dream” For A Hand-Built Cabin With No Power Or Running Water…

Why A Man Gave Up The “American Dream” For A Hand-Built Cabin With No Power Or Running Water…

Artist John Coffer had it all. A good-paying job, a nice house with a swimming pool, a sports car, and everything else you commonly associate with a “successful” life. But over 25 years ago he gave it all up for a hand-built house with no power and a hand-drawn well.

Why? Watch the inspiring video to hear him tell his story…



There’s no place like home. It’s where we live, work and dream. It’s our sanctuary and our refuge. We can love them or hate them. It can be just for the night or for the rest of our lives. But whoever we may be, we all have a place we call home. THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is a series of short films that explore the idea of home; what makes them, how they represent us, why we need them…

If you like this idea, be sure to share it with your friends and inspire someone you know. Anything becomes possible with just a little inspiration…

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Just loved this video of yours – free, free, freeeeeeeeee – to find quiet times and enjoy inner peace!!! Soon to become reality for me too – even though I’d miss out on not having all the forest and cows …. just lovely

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Only a matter of time before you are trespassing, or owing some tax of some sort.

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american or canadian dream of being fucking taxed to death

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Takes money to spend money. Current price of that wall tent $2,000 A-frame tent $300-500. Stove in tent $200-300. Animals, 50 acres and equipment to build cabin. He was very fortunate to have a start up. Good video.

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Beautiful video of a very charming settlement – but how are such things possible in the USA? Do you not have planning regulations and building bye-laws to prevent such things occurring in forest areas – presumably the built up area that John moved from 25 years ago was also once virgin land and was developed initially with similar homesteads. Where will John and his family move to next when others chop down the trees and build more dwellings – enjoy it while you can of course but is this just another dream for the multitudes?

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well that was a pleasant watch

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Because this is his dream! ?

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To get away from all the idiots

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Just FYI that is my American Dream not giving up anything but embracing all

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