How to build a gravity fed water filter for under $60

This is by far the easiest and least expensive way to filter water on a large(ish) scale for household use. We use it to filter the water from our creek (which we is rumored to have giardia) for drinking water. There is a commercial version of this water filter that looks really slick (almost like … Continue reading How to build a gravity fed water filter for under $60

Waiting for the Snow to Melt and Suburban Life

It's "breakup season" in Alaska, meaning the season spanning late winter and early spring in which the snow melts, the ground begins to thaw, and the rivers start to open. As any Alaskan will tell you, breakup season is messy, requiring rubber boots and a causal indifference toward the amount of dirt and dust buildup on … Continue reading Waiting for the Snow to Melt and Suburban Life

Choosing and Purchasing Land

For us, and for anyone wanting to own property, choosing the right piece of land is monumentally important. Before we even did our first search on Zillow or clicked on a single Craigslist ad, we sat down and had a conversation about what we wanted in a piece of property. Once we had an idea of … Continue reading Choosing and Purchasing Land

Drafting the House

  To  start planning our house we did a lot of reading asking local building contractors in our area and watched many YouTube videos. Eventually we came across a widely used program called SketchUp, which is kind of like AutoCAD, but less fancy. This FREE program helped us draw out exactly what we had in … Continue reading Drafting the House