Building Projects & Energy Efficiency

How to Build a Bean Teepee

How to Build a Bean Teepee

Bean teepees are a vertical gardening option for growing pole means. These bean towers are an awesome addition to your garden for many reasons.  First, they are a great example of vertical gardening – going up with your garden can help save space and allow you […]

How (and why) to Build a Top-Down Fire

How (and why) to Build a Top-Down Fire

A top-down fire is a great strategy for a wood stove, fireplace, outdoor oven, or campfire. The process is just like it sounds – you build a fire with the largest pieces on the bottom and the kindling on top, instead of the other way […]

How to Build a Removable Interior Storm Window

How to Build a Removable Interior Storm Window

Add these simple instructions for building a removable interior storm window (or “window insert”) to your energy efficiency checklist this winter! One of the best things you can do to improve the efficiency of your home and save costs on heating is to improve the […]

How to Build a Log Cutting Rack

How to Build a Log Cutting Rack

A log cutting rack makes it easy to cut firewood into log-length pieces.

How to Build a Grow Light Stand

How to Build a Grow Light Stand

When it comes to seed starting, it is hard to find a better set up than a vertical, tiered shelf with grow lights on each level (commonly called a “grow light stand”).  This set-up allows you to grow multiple levels of seedlings in a condensed […]

How to Heat Your Homestead with a Wood Burning Stove

How to Heat Your Homestead with a Wood Burning Stove

This post is from guest contributor, Jana Strain. Wood stoves provide an amazing source of heat for your house.  The heat from a wood burning stove is best described as a warm blanket wrapped around you.  Unlike central heating, the temperature doesn’t fluctuate as much and you […]

How to Make and Use Beeswax Furniture Polish

How to Make and Use Beeswax Furniture Polish

Beeswax furniture polish is a safe, natural, and effective way to bring new life to wood furniture.  You can use it to polish finished furniture, to clean up damaged pieces, or as a stand-alone finish on unfinished wood. It is also great for cutting boards! […]

How to Make a Rustic Pot Rack

How to Make a Rustic Pot Rack

When we did a little amateur remodeling in our porch this summer, I looked at my cast iron pans that needed to be stored in there and had a vision for a pot rack that would echo the qualities of that pan – rustic, practical, […]