It’s not super common for people to build their own houses without hiring a general contractor. It’s even less common for people to build with an alternative method the way we did. So naturally, we get a LOT of the same kinds of questions about our house.
Every now and again I notice in the various Facebook groups I frequent for homesteaders and off-gridders, people ask this question: “IS IT ILLEGAL TO HARVEST RAINWATER?”
There’s a lot of fuss about single-use plastic straws right now. “They’re decimating ocean life!” “They’re ruining the environment!” “Why are we focusing on straws when there are other worse pollutants?” “But wait! Some people with disabilities need them!” I’m with ya. But no matter what side of the argument you come down on, one…
This post is a continuation of some of our biggest cordwood FAQs. The first section was about some of the basics of cordwood and how it is constructed. This section is entirely about how well cordwood walls perform in different situations. How does cordwood handle the cold? The heat? Pests? Rot? FIRE???? We’ll explore those…
It is quite common for us to get questions about just what cordwood masonry is. While it is a centuries-old building method, it is not widely known compared to standard construction techniques. Many people wonder just what it is, how you actually construct it, and whether it’s just going to rot or not. That’s fair!
One of the most important things you need to determine when you want to buy a rural or off grid property is how you will get your water. Learn the basics of how we use our home’s roof for rainwater harvesting, as well as what is involved to use that water in the house.
The prospect of moving off the grid and running a home on solar power is often exciting and intriguing, but what is the reality? How well does a solar powered home really work in the dark winter months?
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.
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.
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).