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40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-On, Step-By-Step Sustainable-Living Guide Paperback – Illustrated, 6 August 2013
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About the Author
Dave Toht, a former contractor with decades of hands-on experience, fondly remembers his first house located in the sometimes frigid, sometimes frying Midwest. Built in 1854, it was loaded with opportunities for caulking, glazing, weatherstripping and insulating. He has written or edited more than 60 books on home repair and remodeling.
Live a More Self-Sufficient Life
A backyard homestead can help the family stay connected to the land and learn to value self-sufficiency. Helping with projects can even be a great way for beginners to learn basic carpentry skills!
You'll learn how to build a:
- Trellised arbor
- Saltbox shed
- Top-bar beehive
- Wooden raised bed
- Goat shed
- Chicken coop and run
Your Hands-On, Step-by-Step Guide to Sustainable Living
Build the Backyard Homestead of Your Dreams
Create a more sustainable life for yourself and your family with 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead! Learn how to make the most out of the space you have and become more self-sufficient, even if your yard is small.
The projects in this book are designed with simplicity in mind—because your time is valuable!
- 40 step-by-step projects, from housing chickens to erecting a windmill
- Projects designed with your budget and convenience in mind
- Learn to expand or contract any project to suit your particular needs
- Expert tips for getting started, working safely, & saving money
The heart of any backyard homestead is its garden. Not only will it provide you with a bounty of fresh vegetables, it will also save you money!
In this book, you'll find projects that fit your space, whether large or small, country or urban. Learn how to build an inclined planter, make a bottom-watered container garden, make soil blocks, and much more!
Fences and Pens
Your backyard homestead will surely benefit from a good fence and sturdy pens—especially if you intend to keep animals!
Learn how to install a picket fence or solar-powered electric fence, add a gate, make a PVC hen pen, and more. Your neighbors and livestock will thank you for your efforts!
Plumbing and Wiring
As your backyard homestead grows, you're going to want to upgrade your outdoor plumbing and electricity. Learn the essentials for getting water and power where you want it!
You'll find safe, permanent projects like installing an anti-freeze spigot or a GFCI receptacle, running outdoor conduit and cable, and adding supplemental light for your chickens.
Inside this book, you'll find every project broken down into step-by-step directions with sequenced photographs for easy reference. Each project has a handy list of tools and materials at the beginning, as well as an overview of the design you're about to build.
Get the confidence you need to tackle your sustainable living dream!
Housing Bees, Chickens, and Goats
Projects for Your Innovative, Functional Homestead
40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead was written with simplicity of design in mind. Each makes the most out of basic materials to respect your budget. Attention is also paid to the human factor—that is, making each finished project convenient and simple to use on a day-to-day basis.
Your time is valuable, and this book does not expect you to be a master builder. Inside, you'll find all the projects you need to make the most of your homestead, along with concise step-by-step details that will give you the confidence to build them.
Get started on your road to sustainable living with 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead!
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Reviewed in the United States on 3 August 2019
*This Book Is Amazing! It includes Today’s structures with Pictures and Step by Step Instructions & even includes the Tools Necessary to Complete Your Project! From any thing from a roof top gardens, fences, sheds to Chicken Pens! Whatever your Homestead needs... this Book Covers it! Pictures through out with simple understandable & practical builds!