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LITTLE HOUSE OFF THE GRID

Like so many other city-dwellers, Cam and Michelle Mather longed for a simpler, quieter life in the country. When they found a century-old farmhouse on 150 acres of land that was in their price range, they jumped at the chance to make their move. The fact that the home was "off-grid" with no power or telephone lines connecting it to the outside world seemed like a bonus!

Twelve years later their life in the country is not quite as simple as they had envisioned, but it is peaceful. There were more challenges than they could have anticipated, as well as more rewards.

Along the way they installed more solar panels, erected a wind turbine, and upgraded and replaced all of the major components of their off-grid electrical system. They installed a solar-thermal hot water system; figured out how to have a phone, Internet and satellite TV; and kept their home heated with wood cut from their own property. They also carved out a garden and began growing much of their own food.

They acquired new skills and knowledge, but most importantly they learned to appreciate the value of good neighbors, good books and good manure.

$19.95

1 CAR GARAGE E-PLAN

  • Width: 14'-0" Depth: 22'-0"
  • Standard Foundation - Floating Slab
  • Alternative Foundations - Slab
  • Building height - 10'-10"
  • Roof pitch - 4/12
  • Ceiling height - 8'
  • 9' x 7' overhead door
  • Side window enhances exterior
  • Side entry is convenient
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information: 1.28MB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$125.00

HERBIVORACIOUS

Michael Natkin's Herbivoracious and its 150 recipes herald a new generation in meatless cooking and vegetarian cookbooks. This is grown-up vegetarian food, visually stunning on the plate (as seen in more than 80 color photographs) and intensely flavored in a way that will appeal to readers with a sophisticated and adventurous global palate. The book presents the dishes in a naturally health conscious (but not preachy) manner. Above all, Herbivoracious reflects the author's own prodigious originality and creativity in the kitchen - exactly the traits that have made him the go-to source for new and tasty ideas in vegetarian eating.

Natkin, a vegetarian himself, provides lots of advice on how to craft vegetarian meals that amply deliver nutrients. The imaginative menus he presents deliver balanced and complementary flavors, and he clearly notes the many dozens of vegan and gluten-free recipes. An introductory chapter lays out the simple steps to outfit a globally inspired pantry of seasonings and sauces that will make meatless food come alive.

$24.95

TIERED DECK WITH GAZEBO E-PLAN

  • Overall area - 28'-6" x 22'-6 1/2"
  • Deck "A" - 9'-0" x 15'-6"
  • Deck "B" - 6'-6" x 8'-6"
  • Deck "C" - 14'-0" x 12'-0"
  • Gazebo "D" - 9'-6" x 8'-3" sided
  • Walkway "E" - 3'-0" x 7'-0"
  • Gazebo offers privacy and shade
  • Build complete or add on later
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

This tiered deck, gazebo combo offers privacy and shade, and can be built complete or added on to later. E-plan includes complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions. Finished product size: 28 feet 6 inches wide and 22 feet 6 inches deep.


Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information: 1.52MB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$40.00

  • Table size - 70" x 29" x 39" high
  • Cart size - 24" x 23" x 36" high
  • Practical work bench has a very unique feature, a mobile tool caddy that rolls out from under the work bench for added workspace
  • Perfect for storing tools and enough work space to handle larger projects
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

This practical work bench has a very unique feature: a mobile tool caddy that rolls out from under the bench for added workspace. Perfect for storing tools, and enough work space to handle larger projects! Finished table size: 70-by-29-by-39 inches high. Finished cart size: 24-by-23-by-36 inches high.


Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information: 246KB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$35.00