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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.

Sizing Your Home to Fit Your Individual Needs

By Bruce McElmurray

When we built our home many years ago, we planned for the future ā€” but the future had some surprises for us. Learn to right-size your space as an aging homesteader.

How to Make Adobe Bricks

By Tom Keeling, Fazenda Tomati

Making sun-dried clay bricks, known also as adobe bricks, yourself is possible for use in building structures in hot, dry environments.

The Best Portable Sawmills for Your Homesteading Projects

By Kayla Matthews

Here are some of the best sawmills for your homestead, along with helpful portable sawmill reviews and places to buy them.

The Best Types of Saws for Your DIY Projects

By Kayla Matthews

The right kind of saw mostly depends on the job at hand. Here are some of the best kinds for various DIY projects.


The 7 Best Sandblasters for Home Use

By Kayla Matthews

Sandblasters remove debris from a surface by projecting tiny bits of material at high speeds. Here are some of the best sandblasters on the market.

The Best Types of Leveling Tools

By Kayla Matthews

Need a reliable leveling tool for your homesteading projects? Check out these seven kinds of levels for your home-improvement projects.

Hand-Built Yurt Home from Scrap Material Offers Debt-Free Living

By Lloyd Kahn, Shelter Publications

Inspired by Lloyd Kahn to build a debt-free home from recycled materials, I adapted a design for a wooden yurt on a site with 180-degree views.

How to Sell Your Eco-Friendly, Renovated, or Smart Home  

By Kari Klaus, Realty Sage

Here are a few ways to find the right pros, market your home accurately, and to get your best return on your investment.

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