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Transcript of Sustainable Living
A house made from junk
The project In the early seventies, as part of the back to the earth movement, I wanted to build a sustainable living environment and live as sustainable a lifestyle as I possibly could. I purchased 80 acres of mostly wooded land, with some marsh, and a few cleared acres. It was located about 15 miles North of Detroit Lakes, MN. I began the project in 1973 and over the next few years constructed a sustainable living environment. This slide show is the story of the years I was constructing and living in that dwelling.
The whole project was construction 101 for me. I started with a book in one hand and a hammer in the other. From what I learned from that project in the 70s, my wife and I have since built another residence in the early 90s, which is also briefly described at the end of the slide show.
I advertised in the local paper for an old house that the owner might want torn down and I would keep the wood. A farmer north of Moorhead, MN answered the add and below is a picture of the house I tore down. A lot of wood, which I used for building projects over the years. Below is the clearing on the land I had purchased where I would build the dwelling. This is looking north. The house was to go to the left of the old chicken coop, which I also tore down for the lumber.