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Successful Off Grid Home for Sale
Caslan, west of Lac La Biche, Alberta

Off-grid home on 80 acres of bush property 30 minutes west of Lac La Biche, Alberta. Designed with ethical consumption, resource conservation, and sustainability in mind, this 1408 sq. ft. ICF construction home maximizes solar energy for power, minimizes water consumption, and heats efficiently in the winter while staying cool in the summer months. The main floor features 3 bedrooms, open concept kitchen and living area, and large back entryway. The main level bathroom features a residential size Phoenix composting toilet, which decreases water consumption by 40%. The lower level includes a generous pantry, a cold room/storage area, utility room, and large partially finished open area.

The double garage provides extra length for a summer workshop on a raised deck. There is a 12’ x 18’ lofted, self-contained, solar powered guest cabin, two small greenhouses, a large haskap patch (21 berry bushes), raised vegetable beds, a garden shed, and 6 firewood sheds (equivalent to 3+ years of full time burning). A portable Kodiak shelter and a 12’ x 16’ shed provide storage for larger equipment.

The property is 80 acres located in the boreal forest comprised of spruce, poplar, and birch with over 5 km. of walking trails. This home was built in 2003, and its efficiency has been proven. It is close to the power grid if the new homeowner prefers to be grid intertied. Approx. 0.5 km to large tract of Crown land and lakes nearby. If you are interested in reducing your carbon footprint, this house does it well.

Property and Residence Details:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 1 bath
  • Property Type: residential
  • Lot size: 80 acres
  • Year built: 2003
  • Style: Single family detached
  • Basement: partially finished
  • Parking: double garage
  • Taxes: $1569.48 (2018)
  • Price: $399,000


  • Neighbourhood: Caslan, Alberta
  • 35 minutes west of Lac La Biche, 20 minutes east of Boyle, 2 hours NE of Edmonton, AB
  • 174044 Township Rd. 651.5
  • Postal Code T0A 0R0

Legal Land Description:

  • E 1/2 of NW Quarter
  • Sec. 7, Twp 65
  • R17, W of 4th



  • Flooring: hardwood, porcelain tile
  • Heating: soapstone wood stove, propane radiant furnace x 2
  • Residential size Phoenix composting toilet (decreases water consumption by 40%)
  • Windows: double pane, argon filled, solar gain


  • ICF (insulated concrete form) walls: Foundation and main level
  • Steel roof: 26 gauge, hidden fasteners
  • Vinyl Siding


  • Residential size Phoenix composting toilet
  • septic tank and direct discharge of gray water

Water: cistern 2000 gal.

Lot Features:

  • landscaped plus bush/meadow 80 acres
  • trail system x 5 km+ including meditative labyrinth walk
  • haskap patch: 21 bushes
  • garden area: raised beds, 2 green houses, 2 strawberry boxes, asparagus patch
  • Greenhouse x 2
  • cherry trees (Juliets) x 5
  • zipline and playhouse for the kids

Power System:

  • Professionally designed and built system
  • Pure Sine 2500 watt Trace Xantrex Inverter
  • 8 - 123 watt Sharp Solar panels = 984 watts
  • Generator: Honda 5000 watt, gas powered
  • 60 amp Outback maximum point power tracker charge controller
  • Trace DC disconnect box
  • Batteries: Deka 3-D85-17 E-Z Solar batteries (on order and will replace current batteries 2019)


  • washer
  • fridge (solar-24 volt)
  • stove (propane): 2019
  • freezer (solar-24 volt)
  • 2nd fridge (propane- not hooked up)
  • Included Acreage equipment:
  • Wallenstein gas wood splitter
  • Fields brush mower (trail maintenance)
  • Generator 6500 watt Mitsubishi gas powered (in addition to the generator tied into the power system)


  • kitchen update: 2019
  • Batteries: Deka 3-D85-17 E-Z Solar batteries: (pending and on order 2019)
  • furnace lower level: 2019
  • hwt: 2017
  • water pump (head): 2019
  • sump pump: 2011
  • septic tank pump: 2017
  • attic insulation R60 (~2008)

Guest cabin:

  • 12’ x 18’
  • 12 volt solar system
  • solar panel x 1 = 75 watts
  • Sun Mar composting toilet
  • Pine exterior and interior

Taxes 2018: $1569.48


House 1408 sq. ft. (ICF construction main level and foundation) (32’ x 44’)

Main Level:

  • Open living room, kitchen, eating area: 32’ 6” x 18’
  • Master Bedroom: 16’ x 14’
  • Bedroom 2: 15’ x 9’ 2”
  • Bedroom 3/office: 11’ 11” x 9’
  • Bathroom: 12’ x 7’ (with secondary access to master bedroom)
  • Entry: 10’ x 15’

Lower Level:

  • Pantry: 15’ x 13’
  • Cold Room/storage area: 13’ x 12’ 5”
  • Utility Room: 12’ 10” x 14”
  • Partially finished: 16’ 10” x 42’


  • open: 20’ 9” x 8’
  • screened: 10’ 9” x 8’


  • 20’ x 29’

For more information or to arrange a viewing contact:

Ben and Bev Thomas
or text 780-404-3530

email: offgridwoodworking@gmail.com

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 4 2019    ID: 51803