Building

Additon Step 2: Make a Flat Spot

This is the second area I am flattening out for the addition. The other side was put up in a hurry, so I forgot to take pictures. Obstacle 1 on this side is the tree stump. Obstacle 2 is the gap alongside the house. I stacked rocks to form a …

Outdoor Building

Addition Step 1: Move Annoying Boulder

Step 1 for the new addition is to move an annoying boulder that is sticking out of the ground at a 45degree angle.  I had an idea that the rock was flat, so I figured I would give it a go.  First thing I had to do was to dig …

Building
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Change in Plans…Again…

We have been hard at work on the cordwood house for a couple a months now.  Although it appears to me as though we have hardly been working.  Everything is moving painfully slowly and outside situations keep putting a hold on the the build for one annoying reason or another.  …

Building
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Mini Cordwood Build: Building the Clay Sifter

We need a lot of clay and gravel for the cordwood build.  We are going to have to collect and sift through all the clay we need to not only get the smoother clay, but to also get all the gravel out of the caly so we can use that …

Gardening

Mini Cordwood House Plans: Outside

While the landscape is not quite part of the house, there are many features outside, around the house that will improve our day to day life and the house itself.  From the outdoor kitchen and kitchen garden to the garden pond, all the elements including make a more functional home. …

Food Forest
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2. Catch and Store Energy

The second permacuture principle is catch and store energy.  When you think of “catch and store energy,” solar power tends to be the first thing that comes to mind.  This is a great start, but energy that can be caught and stored can be so much more than just solar. …

Materials
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Bushcraft Wood Storage

On the first day of autumn, we built a bushcraft hut for the kids to play in.  They got a ton of use out of it, but are now bored with it.  They were bored of it until we decided to use it. We had discussed adding a small structure …

Family

Bushcraft Hut for Autumn

We decided that the best way to start autumn would be to practice our bushcraft skills.  We would build a little hut near the firepit where we could lay out a blanket for picnics, storytime, singalongs, or whatever else the kids came up with.  I am writing this very post …

Building

Practice Dome Building

An important part of taking on a project as big as a house, is to practice the building techniques you may want to use.  Our plan is to build our home out of cordwood and domes, so when we had the opportunity for the man to go help Freedom’s Phoenix …

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Open Discussion Project: Round Wood Arbor

Happy May Day!  Have a good spin around the May pole and dance around the beautiful bon fire!  Now back to work. Thanks for all the great ideas that you posted when I introduced the open discussion project idea.  I will use this as an idea bank in the future, …