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We're building a cordwood house by hand. In this update we've gotten a lot done, but it's been a wild ride to get there, we...

March Update: Life Happens!

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 […]

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Check out the progress on our cordwood home. What were we able to get done through the dead of winter? #cordwood #homesteading

January – February Cordwood Homestead Building Update

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?

Seed kits are good investment for your preps, but are they right for you? Read this review of one seed kit to find out how you can use seed kits to enhance your homestead's preparedness.

Heaven’s Harvest Seed Kit Review

Building a self-sufficient, prepared homestead begins with food security. How can seed vaults or seed kits be part of your homesteading and preparedness plans?

If you want to buy land for your dream home, you must do these five critical things BEFORE you purchase

Buying Land: 5 Critical Things To Do Before You Purchase

Buying land and building a homestead is easily the biggest thing we’ve ever undertaken (well…at least besides parenthood). It was a stressful process, but it wouldn’t have been if we had known this crucial information. If you’ve found the property of your dreams, make sure you do these FIVE things before you pull the trigger and […]

You want to buy a homestead, but you need to know what to look for to make sure your purchase is solid. Find out the essentials in a homestead here.

18 Essential Factors To Consider When Choosing A Homestead

Everyone has different needs and wants when it comes to starting a homestead, but if you want the best place for you and your family you need to consider these big items before you buy your land.

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 […]

It took us 3 1/2 months to finish our cordwood walls. What are we doing now that they're DONE?

November – December Building Update

Now that the cordwood walls have officially been finished, we’ve gotten to move on to some other projects that will let us close in our home and make keep the critters out for winter. There are a lot of little parts to this side of the project that most people probably never even think about in […]

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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 […]

Here is the complete run-down of everything we accomplished from mid-September to the end of October in building our cordwood house - off the grid, paying cash as we go!

Cordwood Homestead: September – October Progress Update

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. […]

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 […]

Check out what it looks like to build on an off grid property through the eyes of a drone! #homestead #offgrid #cordwood

Drone Photos at Big Muddy Rock!

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.

Life is too short to take people for granted. It’s too short not to love the life you have. It’s too short to let it just go by. If you haven’t heard it today, you are loved. You matter. You are awesome. And I’m glad you’re here.

Life Is Too Short

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 […]

Even though we're back at school, our cordwood homestead building project is still very much in progress! See how much we were able to complete in the last month and a half with plenty of progress shots!

Cordwood Progress Report – August and September

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.

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