Posted 05-15-2004 at 20:29:19
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Boy you hit me right where i live kimberley. I'd like to see more people do that. When i was young, couples would hook up and select a favorite spot (maybe a parking spot :) then go talk to the owner about getting it. In case you missed it, i'll tell you now - old guys are softies for young families starting out.(that's the future we're looking at) Okay they'd get the land paid off and start grubbing a place - cutting trees and gathering material and trying to get something roofed over by first snow. And of course kin & neighbors would pitch in. I know those days are gone but many of the same rules apply.
I've seen some very nice pole barns with built-in houses, cordwood, cob, sod, all kinds of dwellings. Yes, you have to tune your thinking toward a pioneer spirit. No, you don't have to take cold showers. Not if you do it right.
I'm drying some test blocks made with straw, paper, sawdust, cement, lime, dirt etc. Should be getting cured enough now. This stuff is in process so my grandson will be warm.
Even without a big digester/heater downstairs to handle sewage and provide heat, you can look around wherever you are and just figure out how to use what's there. Around here we have meadows going to seed, free sawdust piles and trees laying all over. Look around.