The McParland Mountain Retreat

A lifetime of accumulated skill, a willingness to learn, and persistence enabled this elderly couple to build the mountain retreat that fulfilled their dream of getting back to the land.



McParland mountain retreat - main living area
The main living area's quarry tile floor — which was hand-laid, piece by piece — serves as solar heat storage.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
McParland mountain retreat - exterior of McParland home
The semicircular configuration of the McParlands' mountain retreat takes full advantage of direct sunlight throughout the day.
Photo by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
McParland mountain retreat - Doris and Roger
Doris and Roger at home.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
McParland mountain retreat - Roger with storage batteries
The storage batteries for the electric system.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
McParland mountain retreat - scale model
This detailed model of the house (with the roof removed) is actually a mirror image of the home that Doris and Roger McParland eventually built on their mountain property.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
McParland mountain retreat - homemade turbine
Roger's homemade turbine is mated to a rewound auto alternator.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
McParland mountain retreat - homemade hydro power
The little hydroelectric site produces power from a spring that's located 1,200 feet away and over 200 feet uphill.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff

















Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.

(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here