We’re well into our homestead barn conversion, and have been learning so much as we go! We’re novice builders, but are doing this whole thing ourselves–the good, the bad, and the ugly. Check out some of the lessons we’ve learned about pinching pennies, thinking creatively, and maintaining sanity.
Do you have a small house with minimal storage? Need a little something to store your daily things? We built a small entry hall shelf with hooks for keys, coats, bars and more! Takes up small space and works great! This article breaks down this simple project from start to finish.
How we build on a budget in the Alaskan bush.
How ugly is this? Wait until you see the “After” photo! See how we transformed this scary stairwell in just one weekend. Now it’s a country looking staircase, with wood features! Patching and painting stairwells is always an awful job, mostly because of the wall height. We were determined we were only doing this job […]
There’s an old saying that I learned in Vermont that goes “use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without”. So you’ve used it up, you’ve worn it out, now we are on to the make do stage. Sure, you could just go to the store and buy it, but if you’re like […]
As we begin to gather materials for our off grid tiny cabin and homestead, we find ourselves looking for less expensive or even free lumber to reduce our footprint on the environment and keep cash in our pocket! Here are some of our resources we use to gather free or dirt cheap building materials!