Why We’re Building Our Off Grid Dream Home In Cochise County Arizona

Cochise County Arizona offers an owner builder amendment which allows you to opt-out of building code and inspections which makes building your off-grid dream home a reality :D … Continue reading →

Opt-out Clause for Building Code Exemption

Message from reader: I want to add a discovery I made in the state laws of VT. This is for the Residential Building Energy Standards – “The following residential construction shall not be subject to the requirements of this subchapter: … Continue reading →

Best Places to Live with Minimal Building Codes: Small Communities in Decline

Consider investigating small rural communities with lax building codes for homesteading. Many of these communities are in slow decline and eager for new community members. Keep an eye out for properties for sale and related community information online. Many properties … Continue reading →

Best Places to Live with Minimal Building Codes: Pocahontas County, West Virginia

“Pocahontas County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,719. Its county seat is Marlinton. The county has a total area of 942 square miles (2,440 km2). … 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 →