Mortgage Free: Dave and Barbara's $30k Hand-Built Homestead

In 2004, Dave and Barbara, two almost-retired teachers, set out to fulfill a dream. They had purchased land in southeastern Arizona in the Dragoon mountains, eventually building an adobe guesthouse...

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How to Choose the Best Solar Panels for a Van Conversion

vanlife Nov 18, 2016

A few months ago I was out on the road in my converted cargo van when I noticed a blaring red light coming from my charge controller. It was trying to tell me that my batteries were in trouble....

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The Top 7 Strangest Van Conversion Tools

vanlife Nov 18, 2015

While I recently pondered the 10 most-used tools during a van conversion, I got bored talking about how I used my drill, screwdriver, and clamps a lot. Who cares? Instead I wanted to list the top 7...

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17 Countries in 7 Months: Mike + Sophie’s Minivan Adventure

vanlife Aug 26, 2015

Mike and Sophie had always been fascinated by nomadic living, by minimalism, and by those people daring enough to craft their own path in life. After researching bike tours, backpacking, and tiny...

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Living Rent Free in NYC: Alex’s $4500 Solution

vanlife Sep 25, 2014

In the Fall of 2012 Alex Clark was living in Manhattan’s East Village when Hurricane Sandy hit. With a cool apartment that was a little too close to the ground, floodwaters rushed in and he...

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Video: Make a DIY Gravity-Fed Drip Irrigation System

diy Jun 05, 2013

I recently began gardening vegetables on my balcony and it has been fun to come home each day and see what new developments have taken place. One of the biggest challenges I've had is consistent...

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8 Reasons to Build Your Own Home, Mortgage-Free

Uncategorized May 05, 2013

I am in the middle of reading Mortgage Free! by Rob Roy and it is fantastic. It guides you step-by-step through what it takes to build a home and live thrive without a mortgage. I have to...

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Reclaimed Artistry: The Homes of Dan Phillips

reclaimed Aug 16, 2012

Artistry is not usually a word you think of when it comes to sustainability. Maybe the Toyota Prius, solar panels, or granola. But for Dan Phillips of Huntsville, Texas, artistry is the keystone...

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Building a Cob Cottage in the Oregon Rainforest

cob Jul 05, 2012

In May of 2011, I attended the “Complete Cob” workshop at the Cob Cottage Company in a coastal rainforest outside Coquille, Oregon. I went to learn about cob building technology, but...

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