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5/2/2016
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.
12/28/2015
Here are some creative ideas for upcycling old cabinet doors into something beautiful and useful.
12/24/2015
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.
12/3/2015
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.
5/6/2015
Steve Maxwell explains why living the bootstrap lifestyle and living with less leaves you with more in the end.
2/24/2015
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.
9/22/2014
The first killing frosts of the season change the garden-scape.
8/20/2014
I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.
8/12/2014
Finding the right balance between obligations can be a challenge.
7/3/2014
Watch this video to learn how to build tiny home for just $2,000.
12/31/2013
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
11/14/2013
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‘.
10/21/2013
Regular tasks that keep our cabin comfortable and welcoming.
9/20/2013
Tightening up our log cabin with a mortar mix.
6/18/2013
Noting the “firsts” and “lasts” occurring on the homestead at early summer.
4/22/2013
Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.
3/19/2013
Steve explains why building a scale model is such a good way to design homestead structures, and how to do it.
3/8/2013
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
1/26/2013
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
1/10/2013
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
12/26/2012
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
12/12/2012
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
11/14/2012
again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin
10/17/2012
Our new log cabin roof is almost complete.
9/26/2012
Folksinger Michael Johnathon is on tour nationwide. Visit his homepage: www.MichaelJohnathon.com
8/29/2012
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.
5/11/2012
Robert Maxwell explains how to build your own limestone foundation for almost no money.
2/8/2012
A discussion of three power tools to prep your logs or timbers for building.
2/7/2012
How we avoid cabin fever by doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
12/14/2011
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.
12/9/2011
The importance of a good pickup truck for the modern homesteader.
7/25/2011
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.
6/26/2011
Practical use of a wood mill on the homestead. The benefit of cutting your own lumber.
6/23/2011
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.
6/20/2011
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
6/12/2011
Wild flowers in bloom in high country meadows. Wild iris in profusion.
6/7/2011
Carpenter ants: an alternative to chemical treatment. Living within the environment and not attempting to destroy or change it.
6/6/2011
Wild strawberries are a tasty treat.
6/1/2011
Tree stumps, reminders of special moments and birds contribution to life.
5/25/2011
Being prepared for canine emergencies.
5/22/2011
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
5/18/2011
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
5/15/2011
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
5/11/2011
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
5/6/2011
Homesteading with wild animals and how to cope with their antics.
4/29/2011
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.
4/8/2011
When you're facing a tricky woodworking project, it's a good idea to build a mockup
3/22/2011
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.
10/19/2010
Simran Sethi discusses the "wood" that makes up our kitchen cabinets, as well as more eco-friendly (and people-friendly) alternatives.
6/25/2010
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!
6/9/2009
Share your thoughts about natural building methods including straw bale building, cordwood construction, earth building and more.
1/7/2009
Jack gets a wallop of motivation for a fully enclosed cabin, and looks ahead to a future with inquisitive grandchildren.




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