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SHELTER

Shelter can be as basic as an overhanging tree limb or as complex as a mansion in Beverly Hills. Most owner-built homes are somewhere in between. It's much easier than you would think, once you are familiar with the different components, materials and tools required.

Getting Started

Getting Started

Starting from scratch is very satisfying, but there are some helpful hints that will make it all go a lot smoother. Having built two homes ourselves, there are many mistakes we've made, and thus many things we've learned.

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Building Materials

Building Materials

There are so many different building materials to choose from, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Deciding which suits you the best is one of the most important steps in home construction.

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Building Components

Building Components

Building your own home is much easier than people would assume. The trick is to go one step at a time, from site preparation to the roof, and then to the interior. There's no reward greater than living in a home you made yourself.

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Tools

Tools

There are tools that make every job easier. Some are essential, some are just nice.

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Newsletter

Latest Blogs

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Poultry

Poultry

A lot has been going on within our flocks of birds, including new pens and babies.

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Pumpkins

Pumpkins

We cut up one of our pumpkins for Halloween this year.

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Gardens

Gardens

Tis the season to pick and preserve produce, as well as dry and put up seeds.

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Florida '14

Florida '14

We just got back from a vacation in Florida, catching up with my family.

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Jim - In Loving Memory

Jim - In Loving Memory

Our family suffered the saddest event we've had to date, the loss of Abe's dad.

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Recent Press

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Concrete and Casting Contest

Concrete and Casting Contest

Instructables.com - Runner Up - Concrete and Casting Contest - August 2013 "Latex Concrete Rooft" won a runne...

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Weekend Project Contest

Weekend Project Contest

Instructables.com - First Prize Winner - Weekend Project Contest - August 2013 "Solar Food Dryer" won First P...

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Gardening Contest

Gardening Contest

Instructables.com - Grand Prize Winner - Gardening Contest - June 2013 "Oyster Mushrooms in a Laundry Basket"...

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Make: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Things About Abe and Josie Connally

Make: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Things Abo…

Interview with us on the Makezine.com blog.   About our life, kids and home. View interview here.

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Holiday Gifts Contest

Holiday Gifts Contest

Instructables.com - 2nd Prize Winner - Holiday Gifts Contest - January 2013 "The Funfort" won 2nd Prize in In...

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