Why Buy New When You Can Remodel the House You Are In?

“Kelly Hart has remodeled just about every structure known to man. Here he shows how he has made his new home more energy efficient, built on a greenhouse, and redirects rainwater to take care of his landscape plants.” … Continue reading →

Best Places to Live with Minimal Building Codes: Washington County, MO

Comment from reader: “The county said no problem no building requirements. The environmental health officer in county seat was state inspector. He said no county restrictions but the state says you have to have a septic system – state supersedes … Continue reading →

Couple builds earthbag home in rural Osage County, KS

“RURAL OSAGE COUNTY — When Keith Fouts was a child and camped with his grandparents on their Lake Pomona lot, he would play on a nearby stretch of property and dream of one day owning it. … Continue reading →

Lenient Building Codes in Upstate NY

Great news for natural builders and homesteaders in New York — from Bill, one of our readers. Is it just me or does there seem to be a growing number of areas with more reasonable building requirements? … Continue reading →

Building your own Straw Bale House – an interview with the Author

“When I was planning to build this house, the one thing I wanted but couldn’t find was a step by step, comprehensive series of photos showing the whole process. While building this house I ended up taking over 5,000 photos…and … Continue reading →