The House That Worked Out

hand-building an eco-home without buckets of money, skills, or a clue

The story of how our family escaped the city and made a life in the country in the face of the impending zombie apocalypse.


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The Covered Patio

The Covered Patio

A vine-covered pergola is a wonderful asset in any garden, providing a shady seating area and visual interest, and if a deciduous vine is chosen, the area becomes a sunny seating area in winter.  There are so many wonderful deciduous vines to feature on a pergola,... read more
Introducing…a DISHWASHER!

Introducing…a DISHWASHER!

This week was the week of ADDING ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES TO OUR LIVES, one of which was a DISHWASHER. In other households, this is no big deal- buy, plug in, away you go, but on our off-grid set-up, every new electrical appliance is an experiment and a potential source... read more
The Deluxe Pizza Oven

The Deluxe Pizza Oven

Well, friends, it is complete. Allow us to present The House That Worked Out Deluxe Pizza Oven! Let’s get something straight- this is far more than a mere pizza oven.  It is capable of baking roasts, casseroles, bread, pies, and much more.  But since we already... read more
Queen of Berries

Queen of Berries

I read somewhere that blueberries are the Queen of Berries.  Every year at this time I am reminded of blueberry’s royalty status and I am in total agreement.  Last year, I was so impressed with the generosity of our one year old blueberries that I insisted we... read more

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