“The Owner-Built Homestead”


I just finished reading this book by Ken Kern.  I found this book when it was mentioned in another book by the same author that I had started reading.  It was a book about owner-built homes.  This is what we plan on doing, but I think I may have been a step ahead of myself then.  You need the homestead plan before you can go out and put a house on it, so I figured I would switch over to this book.

I found that a lot of the lessons that this book taught were very similar to all the things I had learned reading permaculture books.  The only difference is that they didn’t call it that.  It was just how they did things.  There were numerous moments when it was hugely obvious that the book had been written in the 1970’s, but nothing too far off either way.  I have many pages folded over marking specific details of things that I’m sure I will need to know eventually.  Things that hours of surfing the web would never have found.  Or maybe I’m just better with books than computers and someone skilled would never had needed the book.  I’m alright with that though.  I greatly enjoy my folded pages.  Either way, this book is loaded with good information and I’m glad I took the time to read it.

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