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.
Tree stumps, reminders of special moments and birds contribution to life.
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.
Practical use of a wood mill on the homestead. The benefit of cutting your own lumber.
Our new log cabin roof is almost complete.
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.
Noting the “firsts” and “lasts” occurring on the homestead at early summer.
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
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.
Wild flowers in bloom in high country meadows. Wild iris in profusion.
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‘.
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.
When you're facing a tricky woodworking project, it's a good idea to build a mockup
Being prepared for canine emergencies.
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
Regular tasks that keep our cabin comfortable and welcoming.
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
The importance of a good pickup truck for the modern homesteader.
Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.
Tightening up our log cabin with a mortar mix.
Jack gets a wallop of motivation for a fully enclosed cabin, and looks ahead to a future with inquisitive grandchildren.
Watch this video to learn how to build tiny home for just $2,000.
Steve explains why building a scale model is such a good way to design homestead structures, and how to do it.
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
Finding the right balance between obligations can be a challenge.
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
Robert Maxwell explains how to build your own limestone foundation for almost no money.
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!
How we avoid cabin fever by doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
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.
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 thrill continues living in our handmade house.
Simran Sethi discusses the "wood" that makes up our kitchen cabinets, as well as more eco-friendly (and people-friendly) alternatives.
Share your thoughts about natural building methods including straw bale building, cordwood construction, earth building and more.
A discussion of three power tools to prep your logs or timbers for building.
I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
Steve Maxwell explains why living the bootstrap lifestyle and living with less leaves you with more in the end.
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.
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.
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
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.
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
Folksinger Michael Johnathon is on tour nationwide. Visit his homepage: www.MichaelJohnathon.com