Bunyip Water Level: Measure Contour Lines & Swales

Bunyip Water Level: Measure Contour Lines & Swales

To have professional surveyors map our contour lines was going to cost thousands of dollars and many we spoke to outright refused because of the number of trees and acreage. The estimates we did receive were not frequent in elevational increments – one even came in at “every 60 feet!” So we ended up hiring a company only for […]

Top 10 Green Building Techniques for Affordable Housing and Sustainability

Top 10 Green Building Techniques for Affordable Housing and Sustainability

The traditional timber “stick house” in America is one of the most significant investments we can make. If sustainability is your goal, there are much more affordable housing options to explore before you build your own house. Homes that not only shelter us, but provide for our basic needs or at least circumvent the rent/mortgage trap. People have been […]

Water Treatment for Off-the-Grid Rainwater Harvesting Systems

Water Treatment for Off-the-Grid Rainwater Harvesting Systems

After implementing a rainwater harvesting system, you still need to distribute the water throughout your house. What other steps need to occur before it is safe for human consumption? There’s a lot to consider when building an off-the-grid water filtration system. Luckily there is an ample supply of education from pioneers who have already solved this challenge. […]

Where to Get Free Sawdust & Sawdust Uses

Where to Get Free Sawdust & Sawdust Uses

Recently we found ourselves with a long list of projects that required ample amounts of sawdust. Now, being the penny-pincher I am, I pondered a way to get sawdust for free. Besides, I wouldn’t even know where to buy it! (Hardware store, maybe?) We were on our land in Missouri doing some prep work for our off-the-grid […]

DIY Projects – Miniature Earthship Model

DIY Projects – Miniature Earthship Model

My favorite parts about playing Warhammer® as a child were the DIY projects, and none more so than building model terrain pieces. Miniature elves and goblins would maneuver around trees, hills, and ruins for tactical advantage. Recently I decided to apply what I remembered to build a natural house ( earthship ) model. It’s been a really fun token to […]

The Best States for an Off-the-Grid Homestead

The Best States for an Off-the-Grid Homestead

$5,200 for 5 acres of land. It was the best value we could find and the site of our future off-the-grid homestead, snatched up in October of 2015. Discovering the deal was the result of years worth of effort. Now we’d like to pass along the skills, tools, and tricks learned along the way – may it serve you well! The […]