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.

Friday, February 20, 2009

More cedar logs

Dad and I cut and skidded another 21 logs out of the woods earlier this week. I should only need a few more. Currently, I'm in North Carolina my family visiting relatives. All four of Anne's sisters and brothers live in or near North Carolina (two live in SC near Charlotte, NC). After we return home early next week, there's more to do on the house projects. I'm anxious to get things done, but for a lot of it I've got to wait on the ground to dry a bit and the weather to be nice. Having a few spring-like days recently has really helped.

More to come, so stay tuned . . . .

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