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40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, Step-by-Step Sustainable-Living Guide (Creative Homeowner) Fences, Chicken Coops, Sheds, Gardening, and More for Becoming Self-Sufficient
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 Homestead provides 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!
From the Publisher
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:
Wooden raised bed
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!
Diagrams, Illustrations, & Exploded Views
The projects inside this book feature handy diagrams, illustrations, and exploded views that provide easy reference to specific measurements and the anatomy of structures and devices.
You’ll find a goat shed plan, perspective views, hen pen measurements, and everything else you need to ensure your project comes out right!
Building Sheds and Beehives
All animals need shelter from the wind and rain to keep them safe, warm, and happy.
Whether you need to build a goat shed, chicken run, or a beehive (Langstroth, Warré, or Top-Bar), you’ll find the right project for you and your livestock’s needs inside this book.
Solar Power, Wind Power, Aquaponics, and Hydroponics
When you’re ready to take your backyard homestead further, you’ll learn how to produce green energy by installing a pump or aeration windmill and solar power.
Introduction chapters to aquaponics and hydroponics will help you get acquainted with each method to determine if one might be right for your needs.
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!
Publisher:Creative Homeowner; First edition (August 6, 2013)
Item Weight:1.83 pounds
Dimensions:8.5 x 0.44 x 10.88 inches
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