“Should I quit my job?” “I would love to stay home with my kids.” “I really just want to get out of the rat race and work for myself.” If you’ve ever said these things, you aren’t alone. There’s so much more you need to know about making the leap than you might realize.
Curious about solar? Wondering how you can make more sustainable choices or maybe even go off the grid? This comprehensive quick-start guide will help you get started.
It’s our second full summer building our cordwood house. From insulation to paneling and more, check out everything we accomplished in the months of July and August building our off-grid cordwood house.
If you’re planning to build your own home, there are so many ways you are likely to blow your construction budget. Check out these six ways you might unwittingly destroy it, and then get helpful tips to avoid blowing it in the first place.
As green builders, we spent a lot of time looking at alternative methods of waste disposal including greywater systems and composting toilets. Unless you are truly out of the bounds of any type of code enforcement and/or don’t care about being a good steward and neighbor, you will likely encounter issues with your waste water […]
Building an off grid cordwood home is easily the craziest DIY task we’ve ever taken on, and after the months of April and May, we were ready to jump right into June! While I have left my job as a teacher, Mark is still working in his, which means the months of June and July […]
Water should be your top priority when building your homestead. If you want to drill a well but worry about the high cost of professional drilling, you definitely want to explore this method for drilling it yourself.
The months of April and May were so jam-packed it’s hard to know where to start. When we finished out March, we had just finished the cedar siding and had purchased a new-to-us truck in the wake of having our other one totaled. Boo. I figured that April would be a quiet month and May […]
If you’ve ever felt like quitting your job to stay home and work for yourself and for your family, I get it. Here’s why and how I’m “opting out”. As if the March wasn’t crazy enough, the month of April and this first sliver of May have combined to one-up it. The primary reason for this is […]
Cedar siding can be a beautiful way to side a home, but it usually comes at a premium. Follow along as we show you our DIY cedar siding
Having a garden is a great step towards self-sufficiency. For beginners, it’s important to take time to learn and practice your gardening skills. Check out this huge list of resources for beginning gardeners (and brown thumbs like me who need to up their gardening game).
Container gardening is a great way for those who lack growing space or who want to improve their growing skills to get started with gardening. We’ll show you how we’re working on our skills with a cheap and easy container garden and provide links to a boatload more resources to get you started.
We’ve been far too absent in the last several weeks because, well… LIFE KEEPS HAPPENING TO US! Perhaps you’ve felt like this too. You start feeling like you’re catching up and you can actually juggle everything and then everything comes crashing in again. We totally get it. While the setbacks we’ve faced lately aren’t the worst […]
It’s been a little while since I’ve given a full homestead building update. It’s slow-going during the winter when we’re both teaching during the day, so what have we been able to accomplish?