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Modern Homesteading

The “green building movement” and its principals of sustainability were simple necessities of an Appalachian Homestead. “Organic Farming,” meant subsistence agriculture; “Buying Local” was the only choice.  

Settlers of these mountains had abundant resources at hand:  a forested hillside, a stream, the fertile earth, sun and rain. They cleared the land for pasture and farm, used the rocks and trees to build structures heated with wood. Drinking water came from a clean, clear spring, or was pumped from a hand dug well. Some collected rainwater from the roof for washing and bathing.

The fruit of their hard work we now find pleasant to look at, the native materials blending beautifully with the landscape. The ultimate satisfaction of such utilitarian enterprise is evident to us even today.

To these same natural resources, add more advanced ways to harvest solar energy—large glass windows facing south, solar water heating system, solar electric cells, or maybe a wind turbine, even just a highly efficient European wood heater, and the home retains that utilitarian appeal.  

Design it all yourself, and I assure you satisfaction!