When we built our current home in 1992, there were very few rules and codes that could damage or destroy our dream of doing most of the work in building our cabin ourselves. Times like that are rapidly disappearing and those who build now must endure permits, inspections, delays and forced compliance. The dream of building your own home could be more complicated than just knowing construction techniques nowadays. Read our story.
Here are some creative ideas for upcycling old cabinet doors into something beautiful and useful.
By sawing his own lumber from fallen trees, Billy Reeder not only built his cabin debt-free on family land, he also built a new life — a deliberate life. A good life.
This young couple moved from the city to start a homestead, and they decided to build an off-grid cabin using reclaimed materials to keep warm their first winter.
Steve Maxwell explains why living the bootstrap lifestyle and living with less leaves you with more in the end.
February can be a hit or miss for us here at Deer Isle Hostel - snow and cold demands more creativity to stay busy, but also provides a great chance not to do much. Planting onions from seed, shoveling snow and planning for the Hostel season 2015 are some things I do to keep the cabin fever under control.
The first killing frosts of the season change the garden-scape.
I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.
Finding the right balance between obligations can be a challenge.
Watch this video to learn how to build tiny home for just $2,000.
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
Cabin Fever: noun, ‘Boredom, restlessness, or irritability that results from a lack of environmental stimulation, as from a prolonged stay in a remote, sparsely populated region or a confined indoor area‘.
Regular tasks that keep our cabin comfortable and welcoming.
Tightening up our log cabin with a mortar mix.
Noting the “firsts” and “lasts” occurring on the homestead at early summer.
Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.
Steve explains why building a scale model is such a good way to design homestead structures, and how to do it.
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin
Our new log cabin roof is almost complete.
Folksinger Michael Johnathon is on tour nationwide. Visit his homepage: www.MichaelJohnathon.com
Michael Johnathon is a folksinger, songwriter, author and playwright. He also created and hosts the weekly national broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, heard on over 509 public radio stations, American Forces Radio network in 173 nations. In this blog, Michael muses on discovering the joys of folk music and songwriting.
Robert Maxwell explains how to build your own limestone foundation for almost no money.
A discussion of three power tools to prep your logs or timbers for building.
How we avoid cabin fever by doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Adzes and broad axes have been used for centuries in log cabin building. Learn a bit about what these tools do and how to use them.
The importance of a good pickup truck for the modern homesteader.
Renovating a heritage log cabin DIY style isn't easy, but with some thought and attention to detail, it can be done - and cheaper than you might think.
Victoria Gazely considers her revitalized 650-square-foot homesteader’s cabin on 7 acres of fertile earth--purchased for $150--a blessing. “I absolutely love living here,” she says.
Practical use of a wood mill on the homestead. The benefit of cutting your own lumber.
The virtues and wisdom of having some projects done by professionals -vs- rather than attempting them yourself. While many can and do their own installation, occasionally it is better to have professionals do the job.
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
Wild flowers in bloom in high country meadows. Wild iris in profusion.
Swamp Hut is a complex of four 8-by-12-foot huts surrounding a deck with a fireplace. This an off-the-grid, light-on-the-land summer getaway could easily be replicated in your favorite vacation spot.
Carpenter ants: an alternative to chemical treatment. Living within the environment and not attempting to destroy or change it.
Wild strawberries are a tasty treat.
Tree stumps, reminders of special moments and birds contribution to life.
Being prepared for canine emergencies.
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
Homesteading with wild animals and how to cope with their antics.
If you have questions on how we accomplished our dream - ask us maybe our experience will help you. We welcome questions on how life is in the high mountains of S. Colorado. Please visit our personal blog for more information on us.
When you're facing a tricky woodworking project, it's a good idea to build a mockup
Restoring a heritage log cabin is not something to embark on on a whim, but it can be one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do.
Simran Sethi discusses the "wood" that makes up our kitchen cabinets, as well as more eco-friendly (and people-friendly) alternatives.
Weekly user photo of a simple solar homestead. Don't forget to submit your photos to our CU photo-sharing website. Maybe one of your favorite moments will pop up on the homepage for all the world to see!
Share your thoughts about natural building methods including straw bale building, cordwood construction, earth building and more.
Jack gets a wallop of motivation for a fully enclosed cabin, and looks ahead to a future with inquisitive grandchildren.