We are Manuela and Frank Mueller founder of Restless-Roots
and our dog Emmy.
We have been self-employed and working in the motorcycle racing business for more than 25 years before we decided to do something completely different.
We've moved, lived and worked in Germany, Canada and Sweden. In all of these countries, we've also bought, built, renovated and sold our own properties gaining a lot of experience from searching for properties to construction and landscaping.
Everything we refer to or teach is something we experienced firsthand.
We've made it our goal to help others not having to go through all the ups and downs, which will hopefully save them a lot of grief, time and money.
In the meantime, we've helped many people who were looking for properties and houses here in Nova Scotia find what they were looking for.
We've also helped friends sell their houses and therefore know about which questions and problems potential buyers face and have helped those buyers to pursue their dreams.
We're no contractors by trade and Frank learned the trade of log home building by volunteering in a log home building company in Nova Scotia in 2012 to learn first hand about how to build log homes.
We've not only built log houses but also renovated a 120-year-old traditional farmhouse in Northern Sweden that we had bought in 2015, only to sell it just when we'd finished it to start our off-grid adventure in 2016.
We had no clue about off-grid living, but when we heard that putting in power on our very remote property should cost more than 200.000 $, we decided to start living off the grid.
The producers of the TV series "DIY Building Off the Grid" contacted us, asking us if we'd be interested in being featured there, but as they have a 6-month timeline in which you have to finish your build, we had to deny as our project was quite big and as it's only the two of us doing this, we couldn't have matched that timeline. But we're proud that they got back to us since then every year asking if we'd be interested in doing a new project as they'd love to feature us.
We wrote blog posts about our experience online for "Mother Earth News" and we were honoured that the magazine "Mother Earth News" featured our story in the September 2019 edition.
Being kind of restless we started our lives over 5 times in three different countries but always learning something new.
Starting the off-grid adventure we lived in a camper for more than two years...but this makes you appreciate the small things in life.
While doing all of the above there probably no mistake we've not made, but learned from every one of them and therefore know what most people are going through or are afraid of.
As we've been asked by so many people how they could finally find some freedom for themselves and their families here in Nova Scotia, we've decided to create a webinar to help them make this journey as easy as possible and hopefully spend more quality time with their families in this beautiful, small province called Nova Scotia.