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The ins and outs of green construction and natural building, with specifics on solar design, home insulation and more.

6 Reasons You Should Choose a Prefab Cabin for Your Homestead

By David Woods, Log Cabin Hub

Prefabricated cabins provide a quick and easy solution for homesteads, whether it’s for your main home, a barn, stables or other outbuildings.

5 Favorite Products to Go Plastic-Free in July (Video)

By Kari Klaus, Realty Sage

Plastic-Free July is an organization and a movement to rid your life of plastic. My video shows favorite bamboo cutlery, a great deal on reusable produce bags and three more products to go plastic-free in July.

From Horse Barn to Wellness Center, Part 8: Overcoming Solar Power Barriers

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

In the journey to remodel a horse barn into a commercial wellness center, the developer addresses municipal and utility barriers to a ground-mounted solar array.

Parallel Chord Pallet Trusses

By Owen Geiger 

If you have access to small diameter trees and wood pallets, and live in an area not restricted by building codes, then this truss design is one good low cost roof option. If you do all the work yourself, these trusses are virtually free.


Rig Up a Rainwater Catchment System

Story and photos by Tracy Dahl

Profit from rainy days with a system that will collect and store your rainwater for future use on the homestead.

At Home with Natural Plasters

Story and photos by Michael Henry

Apply earthen plaster to your walls for a beautiful, breathable finish that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the environment.

Should We Be Unplugging Our Electronics?

By Naquela Pack

Unplugging your electronics may provide you a little cost savings on your next utility bill.

Why We Chose to Dig a Well and Use ICF Construction

By Ron Melchiore

We share why we chose to have a dug well versus drilled and why we chose an ICF constructed house over standard stud style.

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