Before You Build Your Home, Read This

| 12/5/2017 10:09:00 AM

Tags: hand-building your home, building codes, Carole Coates, North Carolina,


Author building wall for the foundation of her forever home. 

My family has a long history with the Back-to-the-Land movement—that notion of living more simply, growing our own food, and hand-building your own house. If I’ve learned anything in the process it’s that simple living isn’t really so simple.

In my case, it took three tries over more than forty years for the philosophy to stick. Having fallen off the simple-living wagon a couple of times, I came to my own understanding of back-to-the-landism, one that aims for a more sustainable lifestyle rather than total self-sufficiency. While I may not be the strictest adherent of the movement in its purest form, after all these years I do have something to offer to it: the wisdom gained from experience.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to write a mini-series of tips for new and would-be modern homesteaders—things I wish I’d known way back when. And where better to give a few modern homesteading tips than Mother Earth News? Today’s tips are about building your own home.

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