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As kids, books like The Visual Dictionary and David Macaulay’s The Way Things Work were our most-prized possessions
As kids, books like <i>The Visual Dictionary</i> and David Macaulay’s <i>The Way Things Work</i> were our most-prized possessions. We’d spend hours pouring over insect classifications or a cutaway diagram of a combustion engine.<p><b>The Visual Handbook for Building and Remodeling ($23)</b> is like that, but for grown ups: 600 pages of detailed color illustrations covering everything from timber frame joints to span & load calculation tables to sun path charts for optimizing passive solar heating in your cabin.
The yurt compound of William Coperthwaite near <b>Machiasport,</b> <b>Maine</b>.<p>No one alive has done more to promote yurts than Bill Coperthwaite. Coming across the style in a 1962 <i>National Geographic</i> article, he recognized in the yurt a construction method so simple and durable, that almost anyone, regardless of skill or budget, could build their own home. He’s spent the last 4 decades living off-grid, lecturing, selling plans, and leading hundreds of yurt building workshops around the globe.<p>Read more on …
Cabin north of <b>Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.</b><p>Off the grid. No road access. Father’s happy place.
A-frame cabin built in 1968 in the woods of <b>Dorrington, California</b>.
Meet Jack English, a 93-year-old legend who lives in a cabin isolated deep in the Ventana Wilderness, California
Meet Jack English, a 93-year-old legend who lives in a cabin isolated deep in the <b>Ventana Wilderness, California.</b><p>While on a hunting trip he learned that an old homestead was put up for auction by the estate of a childless heiress. He put a bid on the property and won. On the land he built a small cabin using materials from the land and milling trees by hand. When his wife passed away, Jack effectively left “society” and moved to the cabin full time.<p>Filmed and contributed by Grace Jackson.
Off the grid home in <b>Cable, Wisconsin</b>.<p>Contributed by Thomas Thornquest.
Timber-framed cabin built from salvaged, hand-milled wood in <b>Keene, NY.</b><p>Follow along here.
The Dune House by Min2 in <b>Alkmaar, Netherlands.</b>
Massive treefort in the <b>Catskills of New York.</b><p>Contributed by Cory Weidenbach.