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Green Living

The ins and outs of green construction and natural building, with specifics on solar design, home insulation and more.

Skoolie Bathrooms

By Will Sutherland

Some industrious homesteaders have taken your averages busses and turned them into homes. Learn how bathrooms are added to these vehicle homes.


From Horse Barn to Wellness Center, Part 4: Sourcing Structural Lumber

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

Follow the journey to remodel a horse barn into a commercial wellness center. Adam sources structural lumber and plans to meet with the Building Inspector


When You Don’t Have Toilet Paper: Lessons from a TP-Free Household

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

Frugality extends into the bathroom with these tips for what to do when you don’t have toilet paper, including DIY options to replace toilet paper.


From Horse Barn to Wellness Center, Part 3: Seeking Fire Department Approval

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

Here, Adam accommodates or additions, hand-draws his plan and meets county conditions for gaining building approval.


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Marketing Homestead Products: Why You Need to Establish a Brand 101

By Kayla Matthews

You might not have thought of yourself as a brand before, but here's why you should establish your own brand, and how to get started.


From Horse Barn to Wellness Center, Part 2: Structural Assessment

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

Following the journey to remodel a horse barn into a commercial wellness center on a Midwestern property zoned for agriculture.


Make Cozy Happen with Masonry Heaters

By Eric Schroeder

There are lots of ways you can make a house warm, but a masonry heater solves the problem of cold in a way that also creates what the Danes call hygge, that wonderful coziness that makes us feel warm, safe, secure and, somehow, loved.


Cob Construction Returns to North America with Natural Building Workshops

By Michael G. Smith, Straw Clay Wood

Earthen building materials, including cob and hemcrete, have the ability to address building-sector contributions to climate change while also bringing divers people together. Natural building workshops support life-affirming change.



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