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.
Cordwood Masonry is great for DIY builders but requires knowledge and practice to do successfully. Here we’ll provide you the valuable resources we used to get our building off the ground and show you some tricks we learned along the way.
Building a homestead in 90+ degree weather has us really working up a sweat. Water is great, but on these super hot days it just isn’t enough to keep us going. Instead of chugging loads of Gatorade with lots of sugar and artificial dyes, I whipped up an easy batch of this in less than […]
Trying to choose between building a tiny house or a small house? You know you don’t want the expense, upkeep, and materialism that comes with having a BIG house, but should you build a tiny house? In this post, we’ll examine exactly why we chose to go smaller but NOT tiny and give you guiding questions […]
We are making lots of progress on building our cordwood homestead! In one month we’ve gone from posts in the ground to a full house frame. Check out our photos and get a full walk-through in this post!
Whether you want to homestead or just have a spot of Earth to call your own, buying land is something that requires patience, preparation, and care. We bought 16 acres to build a cordwood house off of the electrical and water grid, and in doing so we learned a LOT about what to do and what […]
If you are building or are thinking about building a house – tiny, traditional, or otherwise – there are two big mistakes you’re likely to make at some point along the way. How you prevent these mistakes and what you do when they happen anyway is critical!