The 57 acres that comprise Cedar Ridge Farm are located in the beautiful rolling hills of South Central Kentucky. My wife, our four children, and I are on a homesteading adventure as we work toward increased self-sufficiency. We grow much of our own food and enjoy being in touch with the agrarian roots of our lives.

One of the major projects we have undertaken is the building of our own home. The house we're building has three major distinguishing features: 1. we're building it without incurring any debt; 2. it is a timber frame structure; and 3. the exterior walls will be plastered straw bales. We live debt and mortgage free, and building our house with that approach makes perfect sense. Large timbers in a home possess a beauty and project a sense of strength, stability, and warmth that we want in our home. Straw bale walls provide insulation and make ecological sense. This blog is a record of our home-building project.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Quick Update

Okay, it's been a while since I've posted anything on my blog. I could give excuses, but what would be the point. Spring is a time for gardening and making hay for winter feeding of the animals. I've also been working on the frame. I am just a few days from beginning the full frame fit-up. That means that I have almost all of the joints completed. Yay! It's taken a while.

I will be adding some posts that will bring everything up to speed soon. I have some more background info that I want to include. Hopefully, we'll have some pictures of the frame raising within the next two months. I guess I have to raise the frame for that to happen! God willing, it'll be raised within the next two months!

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