Get started with solar power the easy way from small sheds and outbuildings to boondocking to off-grid homes and more #solarpower #offgrid

Getting Started With Solar Power

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.

Drilling your own well for water on your off-grid property can be easy if...

Can You Drill Your Own Well For Water?

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.

Learn how we DIYed our own cedar lap siding on the cheap!

DIY Cedar Siding for CHEAP

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

A cordwood wall in progress on a house

Natural Homebuilding and The Code: A Quick-Start Guide For Owner-Builders

Do you want to build your own  house? Maybe you want to build with a natural homebuilding method like cordwood, straw-bale, cob, or earthship. Or maybe you just want to build a house off the grid. Find out what you need to know to get started building your own home safely and legally.

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3 Big Ways (and lots of little ways) To Make Your Homestead Dreams a Reality

You dream of having your own homestead but maybe you lack the time and resources to do it right now. Maybe you’re stuck in an apartment or are drowning in debt. We’ve been there! Here are three key ways we’ve changed our thinking that have allowed us to go from broke in the city to […]

A complete guide to using bottles in cordwood walls, including our biggest FAQs from readers. Includes tools/materials list and links to get you started!

Using Bottles In Cordwood Walls

Bottle walls are beautiful, fascinating, and endlessly adaptable. No two walls are ever alike! We used over 200 free bottles to create color accents in our cordwood walls, but you can easily use them in cob, strawbale, and earthship designs too. Learn everything you need to know to take ordinary bottles and turn them into […]

If you are looking at building your own house one day, or if you want to start a homestead but don't know if you can do it when you and your partner both have to work, what are some of the realities of such a situation and how can you deal with it? Here's what we're doing to make it work. #homesteading #buildahouse

Homestead Building When Life Gets In The Way

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 […]

This homemade "gatorade" is organic, dye free, low in sugar, and only costs $.29 to make for a 20 oz. serving! Click for options, mix-ins, and the gallon sized version!

Homemade “Gatorade”

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 guiding questions to help you decide if tiny or small living are right for you. #tinyhouse #smallhouse #homesteading

Why We Chose NOT To Build A Tiny House

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 […]

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! #homebuilding #diy

The Two Biggest Mistakes You’ll Make When You Build a House

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!  

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