Homes Made From Shipping Containers

Here’s an introductory post discussing some of the basic concepts for using a shipping container for housing. “Many people are turning their attention toward shipping containers or cargo containers as they look for ways to create affordable housing.  Shipping container house plans or floor plans are readily available on the internet.” Continue reading about  Homes Made […]

Building A Green Roof

There’s a lot of construction work going on at the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Ziggy reports on the progress: “Just like building our cob house, the living roof of our new straw bale house has had me thinking for hours, and quite honestly, it’s been the source of a lot of anxiety throughout the entire construction […]

DIY Timber Frame Cabin – Part 10

Cody (Wranglerstar) continues working on his timber frame cabin. You can also now follow along on Facebook. “Episode 10 of the DIY Survival Cabin For Economic Collapse will cover fitting all four corner joints of the sill plate timbers.” via Wranglerstar on YouTube.

Timber Framed Cottage from David and Jeanie Stiles

Timber framing seems to be making a comeback – and I can see why. “Shown is one way of finishing our 8 1/2′ x 11′ timber-framed mini-barn.  We are selling a kit for the frame of this mini-barn as well as plans for 2×4 construction  of the same size cottage  For more information, people can […]

20-Square-Meter Home Made of Corn Cobs

We have disclosure! We now know why extraterrestrials make all those crop circles! Flying saucer are made from corn cobs! Just kidding “StAndré-Lang Architectes was inspired by the corn dryers of Alsace to create this unusual housing prototype clad in a cage of corn cobs.” via Tourner Autour du Ried is a 20-Square-Meter Home Made […]

Safmarine Container Sports Center by Tsai Design Studio

Here’s a single container building used as a sports center that could easily be a small home. I really like the second metal roof. Shipping containers are water tight but a second roof like this can keep it cooler on hots days and help lengthen the building’s life. ‘safmarine container sports center’ is a recycled […]

DIY Timber Frame Cabin – Part 6

In this episode of his 12×16 timber frame cabin video series, Cody (Wranglerstar), shows us more about selectively harvesting trees for lumber. “Are you doing it right? This video will cover the tools needed to fall timber and the best chainsaw chain for your Saw. I cut this White Fir tree down with a Stihl […]

DIY Timber Frame Cabin – Part 5

Cody (Wranglerstar) continues to describe how to work with the raw material in this timber frame 12×16 cabin project. In this video he talks about how to work with a pitch pocket in a log, shares some basic circular saw tips, prepares to fine-tune the fit between timber frame members, and you’ll also see more Alaskan […]

How to Get a Free House

Inspiring preservation work. Lots of sweat equity is required but proving to be a workable path to a mortgage-free home. “Today’s One Minute Tip comes from Historic Preservation Carpenter Paul Cutting in Decorah, Iowa. He recently won an award for documenting log homes from pioneer times.” – Apartment Therapy Read more about Paul Cutting: How to Get […]

Making Adobe Bricks the Old Fashion Way

Making adobe bricks is hard work but so simple almost anyone with a strong back can do it with this age old low tech approach. “It is (was) June in the southwestern USA and as is typical it is hot and very dry-what better time to make adobe bricks because they also like it hot […]

Helicoptered Home – 5 Minute Set Up

Here’s an example or extreme prefab… pre-build the whole house and fly it in. “In remote lake-and-hill country within Switzerland, building on site is often not an option – some spots are, at best, accessible only by motorcycle, small car or boat. This house was dropped off and installed in record speed.” Read more about […]

Why Tiny Texas Houses Doesn’t Build Houses on Trailers

The folks at Tiny Texas Houses explain why they don’t build tiny houses on wheels. “…As to people building them and using them to run down the road a lot. Weight, pieces falling off at 60 mph, cross winds, driving into winds affecting true wind pressures and likely lack of consideration in construction will eventually […]

Tiny Earthen Dome Home

Here’s an unusual approach that combines a couple of building techniques. “The dome is built from reclaimed and earthen materials and according to Jeffrey ‘this project started with the idea, that if we reduce the amount of space we live in, we are forced to utilize outside space more.’” Learn more about this Tiny Earthen Dome […]

Shipping Container Home Model Kit

This is clever – a kit for visualizing how a shipping container house could be configured. I’ve ordered one and will share what I find in a video as soon as I can. Here’s a quote from their website: “Have you ever sat and pondered on Container home design ideas? Do you want to build your own shipping […]

Earthbag Timelapse

While I had to mute this video myself (sorry Dragonforce) I did enjoy watching the time lapse construction of this tiny earthbag house. “Watch us build an Earthbag House in Fairbanks, AK! Music by Dragonforce! This time lapse covers two months of building with 2 people.” As you can see the dirt in the middle […]

Earthen House Built by Hand

The folks at Peak Moment TV interview a fellow that’s built an earthen home in western Washington. “Greg Crawford shows the magical wattle-and-cob house he built with hand tools using local materials: alder trees in the surrounding forest, and clay from what later became the house floor.” Learn more about this Earthen House Built by Hand […]

Rammed Earth Building Course – Norfolk Broads UK

If you like the idea of building with rammed earth, Michael Thompson teaches a two day course in the UK. Below are the summer course dates. “Learn to build using what mother nature provides, within my own Rammed Earth Eco-Shed on The Norfolk Broads!These fun and friendly courses will be held over two days and […]

Earthbag House in Turkey Survives 6.1 Earthquake

Of all the building methods earthbags seems the most inviting. Here’s another example of their strength under adverse conditions. “The house has a diameter of 6 metres and is circular for maximum strength. After a winter of deluges, unprecedented freezing nights and last week a 6.1 earthquake, the house is still standing not only strong, […]