The Making of a Modern Off Grid Dream Home -- Our Whole Story (So Far)
The Making of a Modern Off Grid Dream Home -- Our Whole Story (So Far)
The Making of a Modern Off Grid Dream Home -- Our Whole Story (So Far)

The Making of a Modern Off Grid Dream Home -- Our Whole Story (So Far) - Fouch Family Off Grid

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Off grid since 2014, our family of five used to live in a 314 square foot yurt in the Boise foothills. But we're building our off grid timber frame dream home. "Fouch-o-matic" is the nickname of carpenter and cabinet maker Nick Fouch (rhymes with couch). Videos are mostly made by Mrs. Fouch-o-matic, Esther Emery, who wrote the memoir "What Falls From the Sky." Esther's mother, Carla Emery, wrote the homesteading and self sufficiency classic, "The Encyclopedia of Country Living."

Video description
"This is the story of how I moved out the woods and built a house."

This documentary feature covering the entire construction process (so far) is happening today because Nick has been out of town and so no projects happened this week! I spent hours and hours on it, and it's for my scrapbook, but it's okay with me if you all enjoy it too.

If you think your friends would like it, please like and share!

Love from the little house,


For all those who enjoyed our Wednesday night updates last year, I think we're back on track. We'll tell you what projects we've accomplished each week and try to bring you along with us. Wednesday nights will be for building updates and we'll save lighter stuff for the weekends.

Our Facebook page:

Esther's book: What Falls From the Sky: How I Disconnected From the Internet and Reconnected With the God Who Made the Clouds -- and everywhere books are sold.

Esther's mom's book: The Encyclopedia of Country Living

About the Mountain Dream Home:

Nearly two years in construction, seven years in the dreaming and preparing, we're celebrating progress on our off-grid dream home in the woods. We're an ordinary family of modern homesteaders, pursuing self-reliance and a life of learning skills. We're making a life for ourselves beyond the rat race and we're inviting you to come along!  

Updates come out most Wednesday nights in the building season.


The music in this video:

Turning Clouds Into Mountains by Mr. and Mrs. Smith

All Good in the Wood and Crushin by Audionatix

Ten MORE Things We Wish We'd Known Before We Went Off Grid

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Designer builds efficient off-grid Passive House in Colorado

Twenty years ago Andrew Michler bought a $60,000 solar shack in the Colorado mountains that “immediately fell apart” and inspired two decades of experiments in off-grid living. Today, he and his wife live in the reconfigured shack and he has turned a former shed on the property into an ultra low-consuming Passive House (Passivhaus). “Passive House is an international building standard that focuses on how to reduce energy consumption in building by about 90% and they did it by physics really it wasn’t developed by builders it was developed by physicists,” explains Michler. “Everything how a building interacts with its environment,...

Building Off-Grid: Desolation Sound Modular Cabin

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Master Carpenter Builds a Masterpiece Home and Garden

Living in our RV on the road we have stayed with some amazing viewers and this is no exception. This property and home are amazing and show what can be done with skill and original thinking. In case you have any questions about how we do what we do and any products that we swear by we have listed them all below! ↓*↓*↓*↓*↓ Click Below For More Info ↓*↓*↓*↓*↓ Want an easy way to support us? Shop at our store: If you love what you see here, help us to keep it going by becoming part of our Patreon family: Shop my Etsy...


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11 Years Living Off-Grid in an Earthship Style House

Hélène Dubé and her partner Alain Neveu from Es-Cargo ( have lived off-grid in Quebec, Canada for 11 years in a self-built earthship style home made of recycled tires filled with earth and large south-facing windows. *** Hélène is giving a workshop on April 1st if you want to check it out: Hélène donne un atelier le 1er avril intitulé: "Planification d'un rêve, techniques de construction et réglementation." Pour en savoir plus: *** Their water is gravity fed from a spring-filled cistern placed up the hill from their home, their power comes from solar energy, and they use a composting outhouse toilet. For refrigeration, they make...

Easy Way To Build a Wooden House

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One Way Poor People Can Buy Land With No Money

Becky's Guide To Buying Land, get the eBook here: One way to buy property when you have no money…you're poor and you have no credit. And you feel like it’s a hopeless situation. Well I’m here to tell you it’s not. I know because this is exactly what I did, and now I’m mortgage free. In this homesteading video Becky explains step by step how to buy land if you're poor and have no money and no credit or bad credit.


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Majestic Off-Grid Cabin In The Japanese Mountains

Hidden in the forest amongst the mountains of rural Japan is this spectacular off-the-grid cabin. It's the perfect blend of Japanese architectural concepts and European-style design. The home is simple, yet functional and serves as a perfect place to escape the modern world. Become a Living Big Patron: Read More: Facebook: Twitter: @TinyHouseNZ Instagram: @livingbiginatinyhouse Please subscribe for more videos on Tiny Houses, design, and sustainable, off-grid living. Music in this video: 'Living Big in a Tiny House' © 2017 Zyia Pictures Ltd

OUR BIGGEST REVEAL YET (Timber Frame House Tour)

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Off Grid Homestead Update -- A Newsy Letter from the Little House

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Is a Pretty Cottage Better Than a Tiny House?

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Aussie couple builds off-grid mobile home with 2 containers

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Adorable Tiny House Built By Love, Family and Community

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Little House Gets a Rain Garden

In which Saturday is for pancakes and our driveway is getting a makeover. --Over the next month I'm going to be adding videos that are not in real time, but I will make sure they are in chronological order on our various playlists. Look for LITTLE HOUSE VLOGS for kid stuff and daily life, MOUNTAIN DREAM HOME for the build projects, and a playlist called STORY HOUR for long-form chats. Sweet dreams and good night from the little house. Enjoy! __ About the Fouch Family: We are Nick and Esther, and our three kids Milo, Stella, and Sadie. We have lived off the grid...