Paul Ladendorf

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I've got to clear an acre and a half of 8"-10" slash pines for my homestead. There seems to be some debate about the value of those trees for building/construction. I would love to build log cabins with it but one guy I talked to said it rots very quickly if exposed to the elements and really isn't worth building log cabins with. Being small trees, I wonder if its even worth milling into dimensional lumber. Are there other good building uses? Is it even worth messing with? I guess if nothing else, its a lifetime supply of fire wood. Thanks.
2 days ago
I'm thinking my best bet is to bring in a couple loads of topsoil for my garden as the sheer amount of work I'll need to do to de-rock the soil will be overwhelming. And even then I'll still end up with hard clay soil. Any thought? Thanks.
1 week ago
We've got a few people who are seriously interested (95+% are just time wasters) in creating an ecovillage outside of Chattanooga. Unlike many EV's, our focus will strictly be on ecology, sustainable living, etc., not social justice. If (seriously) interested, please message me. You can see our ad at http://ic.org/harmony-woods
SWM 53. Currently looking for land to start a new homestead in Chattanooga, TN (but am open to other areas as well). Built my first house and homestead myself in NW Indiana 12 years ago but the cold seems to get harder to deal with each year and trying to do everything by myself is tough. Plus Chattanooga is beautiful, the cost of living is very good and with a greenhouse, you can grow year round. I like outdoor activities like hiking, biking and kayaking and other simple pleasures such as writing and playing music and poetry. I also spend a lot of time in meditation. As far as a partner goes, she needs to like to get her hands dirty and must take good care of herself physically and mentally/emotionally.

SWM 53. Currently looking for land to start a new homestead in Chattanooga, TN (but am open to other areas as well). Built my first house and homestead myself in NW Indiana 12 years ago but the cold seems to get harder to deal with each year and trying to do everything by myself is tough. Plus Chattanooga is beautiful, the cost of living is very good and with a greenhouse, you can grow year round. I like outdoor activities like hiking, biking and kayaking and other simple pleasures such as writing and playing music and poetry. I also spend a lot of time in meditation. As far as a partner goes, she needs to like to get her hands dirty and must take good care of herself physically and mentally/emotionally.


3 months ago
I really don't mind the heat in the south but the humidity has to be dealt with. Other than venting and vapor & moisture barriers are there other simple and cheap strategies? Thanks!
4 months ago
Thanks everyone. Lots of great insights and ideas. I'm referring to all 4 walls being 4' underground mainly so I can get plenty of light in the building and leaving the roof exposed makes the building process really simple compared to a traditional underground house. Agreed on the insulation, vapor/radon barrier. Yes on a very efficient minisplit along with an HRV. 4. I doubt I'll use pex for radiant heat as its so expensive to install.
4 months ago
As fast as our society in the US is decaying, I feel the need to get a house built sooner than later. This is why, instead of building what I really would like, a wofati or earthship, I'm now thinking of a major compromise...a half underground concrete block house with a super insulated roof. The pros are obvious....rot, fire, insect and wind proof; cooler in summer, warmer in winter. The only downsides I can think of are the cost and that its not exactly natural. Any others I'm missing?  Thanks.
4 months ago
Seems to me they are way too labor intensive and too complicated for the average owner-builder. Am I wrong? I built a stick frame house from start to finish 13 years ago and wouldn't even consider tackling an earthship. What I would like to figure out is how to make an earthship more doable for the avg. owner-builder (eg Me). How would you modify an earthship or what substitutions would you make to get the most bang for the buck so to speak without spending years pounding tires and having to hire out much of it? Thanks!
5 months ago