Building a Log Cabin With Hand Tools

Bill Sullivan originally wrote this article in 1981 about how to build a small log cabin and then it was reprinted and updated at My wife and I kept down the cash outlay for our “Walden” by gathering most of the materials from the land where our house was to stand, and then building … Read more

Bonita Earthbag Domes in Joshua Tree is For Sale

We have been chronicling the development of the Bonita Domes project in Joshua Tree, California for a little over a decade. You can read about the original building at This was a project led by United Earth Builders, as shown here and updated here. Then later this video became available that showcases how it all … Read more

Lego-Like Hempcrete Blocks

These hempcrete blocks are a green building material made with a hemp-lime insulation mixture packed around a biocomposite structural frame. They can be stacked like bricks to build walls up to 30 feet high and they become the insulation and the structure of the building. All you need to do after the walls are built … Read more

Alternative Building in Cochise County

Cochise County in Arizona allows people to build their own homes at a reduced cost of building permits with fewer inspections as long as the property’s zoning designation is at a minimum RU-4, one home per four acres. Program participants must comply with all Cochise County Building Safety Code and zoning requirements. It is intended … Read more