Everything we considered when designing our off grid solar system. Save energy, save money, and design the right system for you following these tips. #solarpower #offgrid

Off Grid Solar Power: How Much Do You Need?

How much solar power do you need to go off grid? Making the leap to off-grid living can be daunting, and calculating your energy needs can be confusing. Take a look at what you need to consider before making the move to off grid solar.

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.

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 […]

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.

Common cordwood myths say that you can't mix wood and concrete because it will rot. But will it? Follow these 9 tips to avoid rot in your cordwood build

How to Prevent Rot in your Cordwood Walls

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 […]

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 […]

Info for the aspiring cordwood builder. Great for sheds, coops, playhouses, garages, and full houses! Valuable resources and tricks we learned along the way! #cordwood #diy #building

Cordwood For Beginners

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.

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 […]

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