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, September 11, 2007

Newspaper ariticle about the frame raising

We made it onto the front page of Sunday's edition (9/9/07) of the local newspaper:

The article was written by Shirley Mayrand. She's been waiting to write about our house project since I told her about it shortly after meeting her three years ago. It was a nice article. If you are visiting my blog because you read about it in the paper, leave a comment to let me know!


Sandy said...

Ah, a home built like it is supposed to be.... mine (in Michigan) was thrown up in 3 days (and you can tell - it was built in 1968)!

jessa turner said...

Congrats on living the dream. I'm a natural builder in Berea and I love to see others in Kentucky using our natural resources to build beautiful, healthy, sustainable homes. If you're ever down this direction, I'd love to show you some of my work!

~jessa turner~