I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
Regular tasks that keep our cabin comfortable and welcoming.
Tightening up our log cabin with a mortar mix.
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
Our new log cabin roof is almost complete.
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A discussion of three power tools to prep your logs or timbers for building.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Share your thoughts about natural building methods including straw bale building, cordwood construction, earth building and more.