Building a self-sufficient, prepared homestead begins with food security. How can seed vaults or seed kits be part of your homesteading and preparedness plans?
Everyone has different needs and wants when it comes to starting a homestead, but if you want the best place for you and your family you need to consider these big items before you buy your land.
You want to build a house with a natural homebuilding method like cordwood, straw-bale, cob, or earthship. Or maybe you just want to build a house off the grid. In this post, I’ll detail exactly what we did to meet the needs of our local code officials while still being able to build our cordwood house […]
I’ve fielded a lot of questions in various Facebook groups over the past several weeks about common myths and misconceptions about cordwood masonry. In this post, I hope to address some of the most common concerns people had and provide helpful information for all of you curious cordwood enthusiasts out there. ***There may be affiliate links […]
Now that the cordwood walls have officially been finished, we’ve gotten to move on to some other projects that will let us close in our home and make keep the critters out for winter. There are a lot of little parts to this side of the project that most people probably never even think about in […]
The days have grown exceptionally cold here in our little corner of Kentucky, and winter isn’t even technically here yet! While Mark has just finished his semester of university teaching, I’m still a week and a half out from the end of mine. This time of year for me means coordinating lots of student events, […]
For anyone who has been following along on Facebook and Instagram, you’ve seen some pretty cool changes happening to our house since the last update. If you missed it, read the August – September Update HERE. Also, here’s the June and July updates if you want to see how this house rose from the ground. […]
This has been the MOST ASKED QUESTION recently from people on Facebook and Instagram, not to mention in real life whenever friends familiar with our project are talking with us about it. What are you doing with all those bottles? Answer: Making “bottle bricks” to put in our cordwood walls. Why? They let in light, […]
If you didn’t see on Facebook or Instagram, we recently had the pleasure of having one of our college friends come up and do some photos with his DRONE. A DRONE, PEOPLE.
I had a lot on my heart today and simply started out by writing a Facebook status, but quickly realized that it was going to go well beyond a simple update. You see, this was one of those weeks that everything just seems to be swirling around you, and the only power you have over […]
Take a look at everything we’ve completed in the last month and a half of building our cordwood homestead! From laying logs to mixing mortar and making bottle ends, it’s all getting done.
Trying to build a house on our land while also teaching full-time, taking on side gigs, and raising a child keeps us more than busy. What are the realities of working while you’re trying to build your homestead? And how can we manage our time effectively to make sure we get the house done without damaging […]
The month of July brought slow but steady progress to our cordwood building project. We’ll give you the recap of everything that happened and what we learned in the process.