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The Simple House Project

The Simple House Project is our 12 month series on designing, building and creating our home at the farm.  You can find all of our past articles at the bottom of this page.

Simple House Project Old World GardenOver the course of 2016 – we will publish an article every few weeks covering the entire process from start to finish. 

From permits to plans, construction of the foundation, walls and full exterior – right down to creating and pouring our own concrete counter tops and finishing off the interior – our hope is to document the challenges, trials, tribulations and excitement of building “The Simple House.”

Our goals for the house are simple and straightforward:  Design and build – as much as possible on our own – a minimal cost, energy-efficient, low maintenance home that utilizes only the space we need. A simple home that allows us to live and enjoy the farm now and forever.

When it comes right down to it – every person, every couple and every family has different needs for what works best for them. With that said, one thing is for sure – there is an awful lot of wasted and unused space in many of the homes built today, and that space is costly, time-consuming and increasingly difficult to maintain as we all grow older. We hope that by eliminating the wasted space and only building what we need – we can create a home at the farm that allows us the freedom to enjoy life.There is a tremendous amount of freedom in living with less. In reality, it will allow us to live with so much more.  More freedom to travel, garden, spend time with family and future grandchildren – and not be held captive by the space, energy and expense of a larger home.

 Creating A Simple Home Design To Live With Less – Comfortably 

Creating The Timeline – Finalizing What Happens When

Determining What We Can Do – And What We Can’t

The Exit Plan – Remodeling, Downsizing, and Preparing to Sell While Building

Making The Most Of A Small Space

Staying Calm Through Chaos – One House Sells, And A New Life Begins

The Farmhouse Build In 19 Seconds – A Simple House Rises At The Farm

The Beauty, Simplicity And Ease Of Using Shiplap Walls

The Simple House Budget – Thinking Outside The Box To Lower Costs

The Upside of Downsizing – The Freedom Of Living Smaller

One Week Til Move In Day – The Photo Tour

Creating A Cabin In The Garage – A 256 Sq. Foot Guest House