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Tiny House Platform

Here is the platform build for the tiny house. My job during the build is to watch the kids, so forgive my lack of details. They started out by laying the beams on the cement blocks. Lots of measuring to be sure everything was square.       The beams …

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Post and Beam Foundation

We decided to go with a tiny house and use a post and beam foundation. Again, our whole lot is ledge so we really can’t dig a foundation of any kind. We really don’t need to. The ledge provides a solid base to build the house on. Frost heaves are …

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More Windows and a Door

Spent 238.00 on two bigger windows and a door.   Share This:

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Bee Deterrent and Flattening the Building Site

This is part of our building site. I doubt you can clearly see, but there are bees living there. They cannot be there, but the bees have enough problems as it is. I don’t want to kill the bees and I don’t want to use harsh chemicals. We don’t want …

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Project Brief

The final project is due in my permaculture design class.  I know this is a long post, but I wanted to share my final project and what I would be doing for the next 5+ years.  Here is my project and future homestead:   The homestead section of the lot …

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Earthbag Houses

In all the time I have been researching what kind of house to build, I had never once even considered building an earthbag house.  I have no idea why I kept looking past them, but I  finally have started to consider them.  First, the man suggested we build a smaller …

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Lay of the Land

We talked about how to set up your land according to permaculture zones a little while ago.  But how do you go about setting up your zones?  They will pretty much set up themselves if you take a good look at your land and all the outside factors that affect …

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“The $50 & Up Underground House Book”

I just finished reading “The $50 and Up Underground House Book.”  Mike Oehler is the author and designer of this book and the videos that go with it.  We watched those too.  I’m 95% sure that this is the type of house we will be building come spring or summer.  Anyone …

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Underground Houses

The final style house that we are considering is also my favorite.  I stayed away from this idea for a long time because it just didn’t sound good.  My idea of an underground house was a cave or a cellar.  Not somewhere I wanted to live.  Then I decided to …

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Earthships

First, I want to say that there is so much information to go through on earthships that you really should check out the website: http://earthship.com/.  I will try to give you a simple explanation, but I’m sure I will leave things out.  Earthships are homes that are entirely self sufficient.  They …