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Constructing a sod house on your property: nebraskastudies.org (also excellent reference for pioneering on the great plains)

Constructing a log cabin: 2020site.org

Constructing a yurt: woodlandyurts.co.uk

Constructing a tree house: the treehouseguide.com

Constructing a stucco house (consider chicken wire instead of hay bales also): ihowd.com and housemouse.net

Constructing a teepee: enter "How to build teepees: make indian teepee" on Google

For nine different alternative affordable options check out the British site: Earthbuilding - Building Using Natural Materials

Also consider stone or concrete or a combo of stone and cement.

Mud pole, mud brick, clay brick and stucco or just a medium or large canvas tent from the Army Surplus.

Technically this goes under alternative building but a homestead needs a house and this section needs some posts.

Also tried to pick sites that were not selling information.

 
                    
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Lilac Moon - Homesteading in Northern Minnesota by Sheri Dixon at website Homestead.org. Interesting mix of homesteading and sustainable living ideals.
 
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