House Build

Off-grid or on-grid?

Off-grid or on-grid?

3 days agoElectricity

As we're building our dream home in Vermont, there's one big question we have to answer: should we connect to power or go off-grid?

Well Install: Part 4 - Water Testing

Before we can drink from our well, we need to test the water to make sure it's safe. After a nervous wait, here's what we discovered.

Well Install: Part 3 - Temporary Setup

How do you run a well pump manually using power from a generator? We create a temporary setup to do just that and fill our RV tank.

Moving house

Moving house

5 days agoNews

After six months in one spot, it was finally time to hookup the RV again, but this time our journey was a little shorter than usual!

Should we buy our shipping container?

Should we buy our shipping container?

6 days agoShipping Container

After renting our shipping container for 12 months, it was time to make a decision - should we buy it or keep on renting?

Well Install: Part 2 - Pump Installation

You might think installing a well pump is a job for the professionals, but we did it ourselves and added some very cool extra capability!

Well Install: Part 1 - Drilling

We were so nervous about drilling a well. Would we hit water? How deep would we have to go? How much would it cost? There's only one way to find out....

Utility Building: The Plan

Utility Building: The Plan

4 weeks agoUtility Building

Before we build the house, we're constructing a utility building - far from a shed, this high-efficiency building is a critical part of out infrastructure.

Breaking ground... and machines!

We've well and truly broken ground now, hitting some major milestones but also breaking some things along the way.

Grading begins

Grading begins

3 months agoNews

After a couple of hectic weeks of final preparation, this week we had our first glimpse of what lies beneath the surface on our property.

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Oops! We did it again...

Oops! We did it again...

5 months agoNews

Between our travel trailer, equipment trailer and portable sawmill we're no strangers to towing, and this week we added another trailer to our collection!

Roofing... already?!

Roofing... already?!

6 months agoNews

Even though we're still clearing trees for our house site, this week I've been working on installing a roof!

Mud Season

Mud Season

7 months agoNews

It's that time of year again - mud season! As all the accumulate snow and frozen ground melts, everything turns to mud!