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Having enough room to store everything on a small farm can be a challenge. Putting up an outbuilding can be the answer. It takes careful planning to get exactly what you want. The location needs...
These handcrafted homes are carved without power tools and are more energy efficient than conventional stick frame houses
Just in time for Caroline’s graduation open house this weekend, the workers showed up to tear off and replace the front porch of our house. This was a project we planned last year, but the...
A barn beautifully restored in an 8-year endeavor
Does your lane look rough?
Radio interview source: Russ Lanoie, Private Contractor Listen here to learn how to grade your gravel lane Water and traffic are enemy number one of a gravel lane so it's important to grade...
With a circular saw, a drill, and a bit of construction know-how, you can put together a picnic table in a weekend. Synthetic decking material is a popular choice because it resists weathering, but...
Living the Country Life Radio Program with Betsy Freese
Choose the right wood Listen to this radio show (MP3 download) or read below. Radio interview source: Marlen Kemmet, managing editor, WOOD magazine We have a marsh across the north side of the...
Crossing a stream on your land can be tricky if there isn't a bridge. If the stream is small and has firm, stable banks, it's fairly easy to build a log bridge over it. Radio interview...
Enjoy the outdoors with a fire pit in the backyard. You can buy one, but they're pricey. There's no need to send your budget up in flames, because it's easy to build a fire pit.
Radio interview source: Eric Liskey, Deputy Gardening and Outdoor Living Editor, Better Homes & Gardens: Fire pit Instructions Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below One of the...
All Around the Homestead: A page written by our readers
Even a small change can lead to a big amount of satisfaction if it saves time or trouble. Here are four inexpensive and simple ideas, straight from experienced country dwellers. With enhancements as...