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40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, Step-by-Step Sustainable-Living Guide

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Learn all about how to build sheds, feeders, fences, and other backyard structures to enhance your sustainable living!

  • Garden structures: Raised beds, planters and arbors, self-watering beds, grow-light stand, soil blocks
  • Fences and pens: Fence post basics, picket fence, solar electric fence, installing and stretching fences, hen pen and hurdle, gates, PVC hen pen
  • Housing chickens: Basics for housing chickens, building a coop and run, complete material and cutting lists, exploded views, building an A-frame chicken tractor
  • Building sheds: Basics for building, goat shed, saltbox garden shed, backyard-homestead shop, roofing alternatives
  • Solar and wind power: Compressor and gearbox windmills, how solar works, erecting a windmill, installing a solar power system
  • Aquaponics and hydroponics: Understanding aquaponics, understanding hydroponics, basics of a DIY aquaponic system, how to install a hydroponic system
  • Building beehives: Langstroth beehive, Warré beehive, top-bar beehive (aka the Kenyan or Tanzanian beehive), step-by-step building instructions and exploded views
  • Plumbing and wiring: Plumbing basics, ground-fault circuit interrupters, freeze-proof watering options, outdoor wiring, supplemental lighting

A companion volume to Backyard Homesteading, 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homesteadprovides details on how to build more than 40 projects to enhance your sustainable living.

The projects in this book are designed with simplicity, convenience, and budget in mind. You will also find help on how to expand or contract the projects to suit your needs.

With step-by-step instructions, tools and materials lists, exploded views, and easy-to-understand techniques, even if you are only moderately handy, you'll discover how to build your own feeders, fences, and structures. In the process, you'll save money and have the satisfaction of doing it yourself!

  • Publisher : Creative Homeowner; First edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1580117104
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1580117104
  • Item Weight : 1.83 pounds
  • Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.44 x 10.88 inches


"When I first read the title I under-estimated the amount of knowledge the book would have. This book contains 40 projects that are all great, it shows step by step instructions with pictures on how to complete each project. I will just mention a few of the projects that I liked the most, building a chicken tractor, building a chicken coop, how to build beehives, installing fences, self-watering garden beds, aquaponics and hydroponics, solar and wind powered systems, and even how to build sheds for different animals.

The book explains the basics of each chapter, such as basics for housing chickens or explaining aquaponics and hydroponics. If you have been looking at how to become more sustainable this book is a great start."
-Emory, Goodreads

"Surprisingly thorough and varied. It covers a lot of projects that would be of interest and does so in great detail. Each project covers skills and concepts that can be used on projects not covered in the book. Worth a read, definitely. It earned a place in my permanent library."
-Adrian Martínez lara, Goodreads

About the Author

Writing this book was a fascinating journey in coming up with projects that were innovative enough to be something you'd want to add to your homestead as well as straightforward for you to build. I also wanted to be sure they'd be good-looking--an asset to your property and easy on the eye for the neighbors. 

These also had to be functional projects that were easy to use and maintain. That meant looking at a lot of projects on existing homesteads to see what worked and what didn't. An example: Too many chicken coops require you to get down on your knees to gather eggs and top up the feeder and waterer. I learned with my several flocks of poultry that if my coop is easy to access, I'll do a better job of caring for my birds.

I also tried hard to keep things simple--no exotic materials and nothing that is crazy hard to build. You should be able to find all your building supplies at your local home center. It is my hope that the steps and plans provided will be enough guide anyone who is moderately handy.

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