Frill Free Zone

The Frill Free Zone is where we get to the nitty gritty of living simply; eliminate all the unnecessary, useless, frivolous or giddy; it's where you get serious about creating your unique life that suits you to perfection.

  • Feel the pride of salvaging a piece of architectural molding and using it in an innovative way;

  • get off the recycling train and learn ways of using your packaging, instead of filling the landfill.

  • Find natural materials close at hand that make a vernacular building style work perfectly in your climate.

The world is at the cusp of stopping waste in its tracks - what did our grand parents say? Waste not, want not...

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May 22, 2017

Windows - they are the eyes of your dwelling; choose wisely

The Windows in Pearls Place are mostly recycled; it's a tough choice between economy, the wishes of the building inspector and efficiency...

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May 13, 2017

Building Inspections - be a friend to your inspector

Luckily, the building inspector for our area has quickly become a welcome visitor on his Building Inspections; we pick his brains for new and innovative techniques...

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May 11, 2017

The Roof of the Tiny House - the all important covering over it all

Building the Roof of the Tiny House is one thing that you don't want to leave in the hands of someone who doesn't know how it all comes together...

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May 06, 2017

Small Timber Frame House - pole building, on a tiny scale

The Small Timber Frame House is the most sustainable type of building; tiny houses built with poles or timbers...

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May 04, 2017

Getting the Most out of CLR - learn this one simple trick

Learn this one simple trick for Getting the Most out of CLR, that fabulous cleaner and decalcifying agent...

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Apr 30, 2017

Corn Starch Package Tip - making life easier

This little Corn Starch Package Tip will certainly make your life easier...

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Apr 25, 2017

Pearls Place; the excavation of the footings

The excavation of the footings for Pearls Place is a crucial part of the process (aren't they all?)...

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Apr 15, 2017

Beams and Floor Joists; the construction begins...

Building the beams and floor joists are where the construction phase of a sustainable building project actually begins...

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Mar 30, 2017

Juice Bottle Scoop - DIY Measuring Scoop

DIY an easy Juice Bottle Scoop - recycle and reuse...

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Mar 27, 2017

Site Preparation of Pearls Place - getting it all ready

The Site Preparation begins before any building can take place; it's like clearing the table before you start setting it for a banquet...

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Mar 14, 2017

Spring Projects; what happens next

I've got a few spring projects listed for the future; with a foot of snow on the ground through April, it's impossible to get to them...

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Feb 28, 2017

Splitting Firewood - the second phase of warmth

Splitting Firewood for the winter is something that is easy to procrastinate about; the best seasoning of firewood will take place in warmer weather...

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Feb 21, 2017

Living Roof; green, growing and lush to protect the home, and the environment

A Living Roof over your dwelling provides shelter for the roof itself, as well as habitat for small creatures and insects, water collection and storm water abatement; there is no downside

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Feb 14, 2017

Gluten Free Tuna Casserole - a few simple ingredients for a delicious dish

Gluten Free Tuna Casserole - or, how to make a favorite dish without issues...

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Feb 12, 2017

Earth Shelter Root Cellar with Cordwood Walls and a Living Roof

The Earth Shelter Root Cellar was a trial to see how exactly to build into a hillside, and the cordwood walls and living roof were also experimental; the lessons learned...

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Feb 08, 2017

Alternative Building Books; natural homes, designs and methods

If you're like me, you have a growing library of Alternative Building Books, magazines and notes; add these great books to your collection...

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Feb 06, 2017

Stoking the Furnace; or, a building crew marches on its stomach

Building a Sustainable dwelling requires stoking the furnace - the belly kind that is; an army (or anyone in construction) marches on it's stomach...

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Feb 05, 2017

Underground Homes; utilizing the earths warmth for a cozy dwelling

Underground Homes are not a dank dark place as you might expect; they can be bright, airy and cozy; millions of animals can't be wrong...

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Jan 31, 2017

The Trials and Tribulations of building your own house...

The Trials and Tribulations of building your own house, on a budget, and with limited energy...

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Jan 29, 2017

Building the Root Cellar; detailed building notes

Building the Root Cellar was a fun project; I highly recommend using these kinds of smaller projects to practice alternative building methods...

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