Dealing with wastewater isn't a pretty subject, but it's one of the most important things to consider when building an off-grid or green home. Find out your options (plus the one thing that might surprise you)

All About Off Grid Wastewater: Options, Septic, Code, and Advice

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 […]

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

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!  

Cordwood masonry is a time-tested green building technique that is costs next to nothing and is practical for many homesteaders. If you want to build a chicken coop, shed, playhouse, garage, or even a house out of cordwood masonry, then preparing your cedar trees correctly will make the job a lot quicker and easier. In this step-by-step guide, we lay out the exact process we use to cut down and prepare cedar trees from our property to use in our cordwood building.

How To Prep Cedar Trees for Cordwood Building

Since school let out, we have spent nearly every day working on our property prepping trees!  Any time NOT spent working on the property has been spent working on school stuff for next year, practicing/gigging, or spending time with our adorable little boy.  Or doing all of the above!   We’ve been steadily prepping our […]


Homestead Progress – April 2015

Hello, dear readers! It’s been a very busy time for us here.  The month of April is peak musical theater season, so we were busy each weekend and most evenings rehearsing for and performing in the pit orchestras for several musicals.  It never stops around here!  We also had Easter fun in there.  Little Man […]

The two of us are embarking on a unique journey towards living simply, economically, and ecologically. Follow us through our successes and failures as we strive to build a house with our own hands. #greenbuilding #debtfree #sustainability

This is Where Things Get Interesting

Hello, dear readers! You may have noticed a significant lack of updates as of late.  People who know us are aware of the level of crazy we have reached, and those who have read previous posts know what we dream of doing.  So all that being said, here’s what’s going on. We have OFFICIALLY sold […]

Using the Dave Ramsey baby steps, we paid off ALL of our non-house debt (over $24,000) in one year.  Now we're embarking on a unique journey to get rid of the mortgage for good.  Follow us to find out how!

4 Things We Learned From Paying Off Our Debt (and what we want to do next!)

Some of you who are friends with either of us on Facebook know that we have put our house on the market.  What many of you may NOT know, however, is why.  After months of prep work, Mark and I are finally ready to take the next step in our quest for hippydom:  selling our […]

An Accidental Update

Sooooo…it’s been a while. A very LONG while. *Bad bloggers. Bad bad bloggers* Loads of things have happened since we last checked in! Things are still happening too, so there won’t be much in terms of Before and After so much as it will be Before and During. Life is a work in progress after […]

Did I Mention the Chaos?

Count this as the least relaxing summer break ever.  Last summer we decided to dig up the yard, so we figured we’d top that by clearing out the entire house to refinish our floors. You see, once upon a time in 2010, we moved into our house and thought we had carpet (in addition to […]

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