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.

Sunday, July 29, 2007


We have set the day of the frame raising. It will be September 2, 2007. I'm inviting people I know so that they may be involved and to help with the raising. It is my intention to have everything ready so that the raising will go smoothly. I have never raised a timber frame, and I'm trying to anticipate everything. If the raising takes longer than one day, we'll continue as able on September 3. That's Labor Day weekend.

If you want to be involved and help, send me a message.


luvsyeshua said...

Darryl, this is all so awsome. You guys are mind blowing. I hope/pray God continues to bless you.

Eric said...

I'm so glad you're doing this. I have been reading about straw bale building for about 2 years now and wanted to find someone local doing it. I now live in Barren but was raised in Metcalfe and would love to come out and help one day. My email is