Category Archives: design

Outbuilding and Planning Ahead

I have a small outbuilding that flanks my potager and was set into the hill behind it with a cladding of corrugated metal to protect the wood. The hill abuts it to the south with a fairly steep slope from … Continue reading

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House Plan Baby Steps

Now that I have finalized my small house plan on graph paper, I need to get it drawn for the county permits and for the builder.  I wish I could build it myself and admire people who can.  I have … Continue reading

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Tiny Houses

Kent Griswold started tinyhouseblog.com in 2007. I don’t remember when I got on his email list, but it cannot have been much after that. I love these beautifully made tiny houses. Many are reminiscent of the Craftsman homes so prevalent … Continue reading

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Trailersteading

Trailersteading is an ebook by Anna Hess about peple who want to homestead but don’t want to commute to town to pay off a 30 year mortgage. It talks about how to buy and fix up an OLDER mobile home … Continue reading

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In the Beginning! Part 2

This is the north side of the cutout and my small house will snuggle back into this part of the hill.  The rocks at the bottom are the ones I am moving (one by one) to extend the berm under … Continue reading

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In the Beginning!

In the beginning I drove in on this road and fell in love with this hillside covered in pinyon-juniper forest. This photo is taken from about 1/3 the way up my hill.  I have enough altitude at my house to have … Continue reading

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Square Raised Bed

Today I started filling my 6 foot square raised bed with compost materials. Just stuff I have laying around. Started with water-soaked deadwood on the bottom, then tumbleweeds that had accumulated again, a pile of dead wildflowers, then some wet … Continue reading

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