“Valle Bavona is surrounded by hydroelectric power plants, but in the 1950s its inhabitants rejected electricity. Keeping away from modernity has been a plus for the valley. Since it had no electricity, no new buildings were constructed and the valley retained much of its authenticity.”
We don’t talk much about stone building or stone houses due to the enormous amount of labor required. I helped build a small stone foundation years ago and was surprised how long it took. Despite being labor intensive, stone is one of the most durable and beautiful of all natural building materials. My standard building advice is to use stone sparingly for entryways, wood stove surrounds and so on. But if you live in a place like Valle Bavona in the mountains with abundant stone and have almost unlimited time and a strong back then stone construction is an option.
Just for fun, do a Google Image search for “Valle Bavona” if you want to see lots of pictures of the stone houses there. It has lots of old world charm.