Our Handmade, Off-the-Grid Home

We cut our own lumber and built our off-the-grid home for only $5,000.

Green Homes
The Oke family (from left, Jane, Andrew, Karen and Les) show off the chain saw attachment they used to build this inexpensive home. Andre, the youngest child, waves from the roof.
Photo by Les Oke
Chainsaw Mill
Les Oke cut all the lumber for his family's house using this Granberg Alaskan Mark III chain saw mill attachment.
Photo by Les Oke
Owning A Home
Jane Oke cans vegetables from the family garden.
Photo by Les Oke
Living The Good Life
The view from the Oke's front door.
Photo by Les Oke
Off the Grid
During the days of skyrocketing interest rates in the late 1980s, my wife, Jane, and I realized that our dream of owning a home was slipping away.
Photo by Fotolia/Gina Sanders

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