The Farmhouse Porch Is Complete! Creating Homemade Porch Railings From Rebar

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Who knew creating homemade porch railings could be so easy? I guess we’ve never been ones to stay traditional. So when it came time to put deck railings on the back porch of the Simple House, we certainly didn’t want to

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The Simple House Construction Budget – The Cost To Downsize

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“What was the simple house construction budget for your home at the farm?”  “Did it really save you money?” Ever since starting our Simple House Project series on the blog, questions like those find their way into our inbox nearly every

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Merry Christmas World From Old World Garden, And A Special Thank You!

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As we do each year, we want to take time to wish each and every one of our followers from around the globe a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Blessed New Year! This is our favorite post each December, as

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Merry Christmas World! And A Special Thank You From Old World Garden!

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As we do each year, we want to take time to wish each and every one of our followers from around the globe a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Blessed New Year! This is our favorite post each December, as

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Creating An Annual Goal List – Setting The Goals To Accomplish Life

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It’s hard to believe, but another year has come and gone, and its once again time to plan out our annual goal list! Without a doubt, our Annual Goal List has been the most pivotal factor in helping us create

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5 Amazing Habits To Help Simplify and Fulfill Your Life In 2017!

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What does it take to simplify your life?  We are often asked to speak to various groups about our little farm, on topics ranging from the garden and canning, to the chickens, bees and more. But lately, more than ever,

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The Farm House Photo Tour Update – 45 Days After Move In

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The Farm House Photo Tour Update – November, 2016. It has been just 45 days since “move-in-day” at the new farm house. It’s hard to believe that in just 7 short months, the hill overlooking the farm has gone from a grass-covered space,

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Creating DIY Furniture For The Home – Big Savings With A Unique Look

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Creating DIY furniture for your home can save big money when it comes to your household budget. But even more, it really adds a unique, one-of-a-kind look to your space.  One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of building

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Acid Staining Our Concrete Floors – An Expensive Look At Little Cost!

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This weekend, it was time to start acid staining our concrete floors. I will admit that we both were a little nervous to get started, especially knowing this will be the final look of the flooring in the house.  So as

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Creating A Finished Garage On A Shoestring Budget. A Clean, Low-Cost Look

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When it came to creating a finished garage space, we knew for us, versatility would be the key! Our garage has always been part storage space, part workshop and the some. At our old house, we used the space to build pergolas,

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How To Install Shiplap Walls In Your Home – Our Top Tips and Hints

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How did you install shiplap in your house? Did you use nails or screws? Was it difficult? Those questions and more have flooded our inbox ever since we first posted about using shiplap throughout the interior of our Simple House project.

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How To Find Unique Ways To Create Storage Space In A Small Home

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If there a key to smaller home living, its finding enough storage space to keep things neat and uncluttered. When we decided to downsize to a floor plan of just over 1000 square feet at the farm, we knew we would

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The Simple House Photo Tour Update – One Week Till Move In Day!

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It’s hard to believe, but we are down to just 6 short days until Move In Day at the farm! The water, electric, gas, heat and air have all been hooked up – and the mad dash to complete a million little last-minute projects is

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A Decorating Dilemma – We Need Your Ideas For This Room!

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This week, we need some decorating help from our readers! Although we usually come to you with our latest gardening or DIY project, we are in a dilemma with the main wall of the Simple House. So we thought we would turn the tables

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The Bold Look And Low Cost Of Metal Ceilings And Walls

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Metal ceilings? Move over drywall, metal is making a statement. And not just on the roof! More and more people are turning to steel, aluminum, and galvanized metal panels to finish off the inside – as well as the outside of

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The Simple House Budget – Thinking Outside The Box To Lower Costs

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When it comes to the Simple House budget, one of the ways we have been able to keep the overall cost down is by using a variety of organic and industrial materials in place of more expensive “standard” building materials.   For those

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The Beauty, Simplicity And Ease Of Using Shiplap Walls

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Shiplap is everywhere! In fact, all you need to do is turn on any home improvement show or check out the latest Pinterest board dedicated to decorating, and you’ll quickly find out that using shiplap siding for interior walls is all

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The Simple House Photo/Video Tour Update – 41 Days To Completion!

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The end is in sight! It seems hard to believe that exactly two months and eight days ago, the first bit of earth was scraped aside to make way for our Simple House Project at the farm. In those short 70

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The Farmhouse Build In 19 Seconds – A Simple House Rises At The Farm

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After a tremendous amount of dreaming, planning, and preparation – the walls and roof line of our farmhouse finally went up this week at the farm!  Around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, after a powerful set of overnight storms, the building crew from Weaver Barns rolled

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Breaking Ground On Our Version Of A Tiny Home

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It happened! This past week, after a few years of designing, planning and re-designing, we finally broke ground on our future “Simple House” at the farm. I have to say that for both of us, it was a pretty incredible moment

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Staying Calm Through Chaos – One House Sells, And A New Life Begins

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It happened. Less than one month after going on the market – our current house is now under contract, and with that, the move to the farm and the building of the simple house is full steam ahead! We have

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Downsizing Room by Room. Less Space, Less Stuff Equals Less STRESS!

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It’s time to let the downsizing begin! This past week, we put our suburban home up for sale in anticipation of building and moving into our “Simple House” at the farm this summer. Our “Simple House” is all about downsizing to

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The Simple House Project Timeline – Finalizing What Happens When

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Today is the 5th installment of 26 in our year-long series called “The Simple House Project.” Every 2 weeks, we publish an article covering the process from start to finish. We hope to document the challenges, trials and tribulations of creating a simple house that is extremely cost-effective, energy-efficient and earth-friendly – using only the space we truly need to live comfortably. You can see the entire collection of stories here :  Simple House Project Creating A Timeline… One of the best ways to complete any large project is to create a building timeline showing what needs to be done – and by when. In fact, it’s really the only way to keep everything on schedule, moving forward, and perhaps most importantly – on budget! Since we are responsible for coordinating the entire process of the “Simple House Project” – having an accurate timeline is critical. It will help us keep the flow of the process on track – letting us know when we need to have everything from the foundation poured to the kitchen cabinets installed. Our timeline is unique in that in addition to coordinating the various hired trades for the project – we will also be responsible for completing most of the interior. In addition to drywall, installing floors, hanging […]

The Simple House Project Update #4 – Determining What We Can Do – And What We Can’t

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Today is the 4th installment of 26 in our year-long series called “The Simple House Project.” Every 2 weeks, we publish an article or video covering the process from start to finish. From permits, plans, and construction of the exterior, to the complete interior finish – we hope to document the challenges, trials and tribulations of creating a simple house that is extremely cost-effective, energy-efficient and earth-friendly – using only the space we truly need to live comfortably. One of the most exciting aspects of our “Simple House Project” is that so much of it will be created with our own four hands. For Mary and myself, it’s not only critical to keeping the house affordable and on budget – but a way for us to do what we love together  – create and build! Although the complete timeline and budget of the project will be covered in a future update – today’s article is all about separating the tasks we can complete, and those we can’t. The real key to success in any large project is knowing what you can do – and making sure you have great people doing what you can’t.  There are four major areas of the house that we are leaving […]

The Exit Plan – Remodeling, Downsizing, and Preparing to Sell While Building

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Today is the 3rd installment of 24 articles in our year-long series called “The Simple House Project.” Every 2 weeks, we will publish an article or video covering the process from start to finish. From permits, plans, and construction of the exterior, to the complete interior finish – we hope to document the challenges, trials and tribulations of creating a simple cost-effective, energy-efficient and earth-friendly house. With the new house plan well underway, one of our biggest concerns now becomes our current house – as in finding the time to prepare it for sale and deciding when to put it on the market. We also need continue to pare down to prepare for living in a smaller home. The good news is that we have been preparing for this for a while – the bad news is that time is beginning to run short – and we need to get the house ready for sale at some point next year. As many of you know – we are both big believers in using daily to-do lists and yearly goals to help motivate and keep us on track – and those have both played a huge role in helping us get the house ready to […]

Creating A Simple Home Design To Live With Less – Comfortably

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Today starts the first official installment of “Building The Simple House”, our 12 month series on designing, building and creating our home at the farm. Over the next year, we will publish an article every two weeks covering the entire process from start to finish. From permits to plans, construction of the foundation, walls and full exterior – right down to creating and pouring our own concrete counter tops and finishing off the interior – our hope is to document the challenges, trials, tribulations and excitement of building “The Simple House.” Our goals for the house are simple and straightforward:  Design and build – as much as possible on our own – a minimal cost, energy-efficient, low maintenance home that utilizes only the space we need. A simple home that allows us to live and enjoy the farm now and forever. There is a tremendous amount of freedom in living with less. In reality, it will allow us to live with so much more.  More freedom to travel, garden, spend time with family and future grandchildren – and not be held captive by the space, energy and expense of a larger home. When it comes right down to it – every person, every couple and every family has different […]