I’m Leaving Civilization: Wanna Come with Me?

Vince Edwards is an off-gridder who’s creating a model for a network of self-sustaining communities. He’s got 20 acres in Colorado and has written a book about it called, I’m Leaving Civilization: Wanna Come with Me? 110 pages, Kindle ebook … Continue reading →

DIY Steel Frames for Tiny Houses

This email exchange is from Cliff, a long time reader from New Zealand who’s designing a strong, lightweight tiny house that will meet strict building codes and withstand earthquakes. The cost of labor is very high there so he’s looking … Continue reading →

Couple Facing Arrest for Living Off-Grid on Their Own Property

“A Huntsville man joined the military to fight for our rights, but now he says his own rights are being threatened. A veteran and his girlfriend said their home was deemed ‘unsafe’ by city officials because they choose to live … Continue reading →

Areas With Few or No Codes: Ozark Plateau

We’ve had a lively discussion for years here on our Natural Building Blog about the best places to live with few or no building codes that make it easy to build a home out of low cost natural materials and … Continue reading →

Best Places to Live: Scenic Byways

As a young man, I traveled across Nebraska on Highway 20 that parallels the main east-west interstate across the state. It’s very beautiful country. The scenic byway was far more interesting than the interstate which I had traveled many times … Continue reading →

CodeNEXT: Nightmare Agenda 21 Building Codes of the Future

This is a new building code system that city planners are trying to implement in Austin, TX. “CodeNEXT is a plan is to effectively do away with old fashioned things like neighborhood zoning and building use restrictions. Those are too … Continue reading →