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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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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Jan 29, 2017

Designing the Root Cellar - what to include

What should you include when Designing the Root Cellar?

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Jan 28, 2017

Mercantile Power Shack - a functional and fun shed

The Mercantile Power Shack is functional, and fun. It's used for storage, and also has heat and light - it's got everything...

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Jan 19, 2017

Stove Board Upgrade - small tweaks for a better home

Stove Board Upgrade - my tiny tweak for better living...

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Jan 10, 2017

Cooking on a Wood Stove; magic, or mystery?

Cooking on a Wood Stove; is it magic, or a mystery? It's neither, in my tiny house - learn the tips of primitive cooking...

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Jan 09, 2017

Building the Walls - it's quite a circus act...

Building the Walls for Pearls Place is a circus act - everything takes place in the main ring...

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Jan 08, 2017

The Eggporeum - chicken house slash bird museum

The Eggporeum was originally intended for my Bantam chickens to live in, but has now morphed into a rustic and fun bird themed museum and garden storage shed...

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Jan 02, 2017

The Crew and Volunteers on Pearls Place project

Many thanks to the Crew and Volunteers on Pearls Place project - we couldn't have done it without you!

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Dec 30, 2016

Joyces Vegetable Soup - now this is nourishing!

Joyces Vegetable Soup is a classic nourishing soup for cold days - if you have a woodstove and pressure cooker, this is the soup for you...

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Dec 26, 2016

The Tallyman Shack - salvage your building materials where you can find them

The Tallyman Shack was purchased for a loony - the cost of the transportation was a bit more, and the salvaged materials paid for it all...

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Dec 23, 2016

Most Affordable Housing - my alternative dwelling

Planning the Most Affordable Housing is an exercise in thinking outside the box; learning about alternative building materials & green home building has to take place first...

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Dec 21, 2016

Super Simple Chicken Parmesan - easy and quick recipe

In a rush? Try this Super Simple Chicken Parmesan recipe using ingredients that you most likely have in your cupboard...

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Dec 15, 2016

Mudroom Ideas - it's more than just a dream now

The dream is coming true - Mudroom Ideas...

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