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Season 3, Episode 5

Building Off the Grid: Earth Block Ranch

A young family sets out to build their forever home on rolling ranch land outside San Antonio, using materials beneath their feet. They need to produce thousands of earth blocks for their build, withstand winter monsoons and freezing temperatures to finish the project before the sweltering summer hits.

Tuesday
Dec 29
1pm | 12c
Season 1, Episode 7

Building Off the Grid: Vermont Stone House

Novice builder Danny Clark attempts to construct a 600-square-foot stone cabin in Vermont's White River Valley. The home is sure to be a true work of art but his inexperience, the harsh winter and the unusual architecture push him to his limits.

Tuesday
Dec 29
2pm | 1c
Season 1, Episode 6

Building Off the Grid: Island Getaway

A family attempts to build a 400-square foot cabin situated on a small island in Northern Idaho. Access to the property is limited and rough waters make it difficult to bring materials in. It’s a race to the finish as winter hits the island early.

Tuesday
Dec 29
3pm | 2c
Season 1, Episode 1

Building Off the Grid: Georgia Mountain Treehouse

A young couple sets out to create their dream treehouse retreat in Northern Georgia overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Although the build calls for a treacherous mile-long, uphill trek with all of their materials, the end result is the ultimate childhood dream come to life.

Tuesday
Dec 29
4pm | 3c
Season 2, Episode 1

Building Off the Grid: Ohio Valley Hut

The Dutton Brothers are building a high-end, off-grid vacation home in the center of their family's 2,000-acre Ohio Valley cattle ranch. The home's unique design features include a wall of windows, a fully functional kitchen, a bathroom with shower, a solar panel station and an outdoor living area with a fire pit. A project like this in such a remote location would normally take six months to complete but the guys are working against a tight four-month deadline. And since they can only work on weekends, every minute is vital and every decision could either make or break the entire project.

Tuesday
Dec 29
5pm | 4c
Season 2, Episode 3

Building Off the Grid: Appalachian Underground

A husband wants to surprise his wife on their 10th wedding anniversary with a family vacation home on the edge of a rock quarry in the Appalachian Mountains. He plans to build this 700-square-foot home with an L-shaped ecoshell of soil and grass to blend into its surroundings. Besides the challenges of building in the remote location and keeping the project a secret, the deadline is nearly impossible with a countdown of only 35 working days before the 10-year wedding anniversary.

Tuesday
Dec 29
6pm | 5c
Season 4, Episode 3

Hawaii Dome House

A mother-and-son team pulls up stakes from the crowded confines of Orange County to build an off-grid family commune outside Keaau, Hawaii. With the help of a skilled aircrete instructor, the duo overcomes a learning curve to make their dreams come true.

Tuesday
Dec 29
7pm | 6c
Season 1, Episode 5

Building Off the Grid: Cascade Mountain Escape

Deep in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, a couple is building their 2,400-square-foot dream cabin. The location gives them amazing views but hauling heavy beams up dusty switchbacks on a six-month deadline pushes them to their limits.

Tuesday
Jan 5
3pm | 2c
Season 2, Episode 7

Building Off the Grid: Colorado Crest

Builder Phil Parr heads to the wilderness of northern Colorado to build the ultimate off-grid tent. Far beyond simple nylon and poles, this lavish tent has a custom fabricated wooden frame, canvas shell and 650-square-feet of livable elegance.

Tuesday
Jan 5
5pm | 4c
Season 2, Episode 5

Building Off the Grid: Streamside Cottage

Professional treehouse builder Michael "Murph" Murphy wants to build a cottage retreat for his family in Washington. He enlists the help of his friends to create a natural siding and a massive fishing net for lounging above the living space.

Tuesday
Jan 12
1pm | 12c
Season 1, Episode 2

Building Off the Grid: Smoky Mountain Homestead

A family of five is living out their ultimate homesteading dream and building a forever home on their 46-acre property overlooking the Smoky Mountains. In order to finish their home, however, the family must overcome incessant rain, physically excruciating build conditions and even car accidents. But if they can pull it off, they'll have a beautiful two-story cabin with million-dollar views.

Tuesday
Jan 12
2pm | 1c
Season 1, Episode 2

Flathead Lake Pontoon

A Montana carpenter has big plans to build a unique pontoon houseboat so he can live on Flathead Lake year-round. As both a builder and artist, he has the skills to turn his vision into a reality but an early winter threatens the whole project.

Tuesday
Jan 12
4pm | 3c
Season 2, Episode 2

Building Off the Grid: Mountain Timber Frame

Kolin Buzerak has recently returned to his family's 100-acre property in upstate New York to put down some roots. He plans to build an off-grid timber frame cabin with a full kitchen, living space, dining area and open loft bedroom. His goal of living off the grid before winter hits is threatened, however, when the locally sourced lumber will not dry fast enough. His dad, mom, brother and girlfriend all chip in to help speed up the tedious work of hand building the intricate timber frame so Kolin's dream home can come true.

Tuesday
Jan 12
6pm | 5c
Season 1, Episode 3

Building Off the Grid: Big Sur Modern Retreat

A nature-loving architect plans to build a modern cabin deep in the California Redwoods that will rival the jaw-dropping views of nearby Big Sur! The unusual architecture, rainy season and difficult build site create challenges at every turn, but if all goes well, this cabin is sure to be one of a kind.

Tuesday
Jan 19
12pm | 11c
Season 1, Episode 4

Building Off the Grid: Maine Straw Bale Cabin

An eco-friendly couple plans to build a timber frame, straw-bale cabin in a heavily wooded forest of Maine. But when winter comes early, the already difficult build nears impossible as single-digit temperatures threaten to end the dream before it even starts.

Tuesday
Jan 19
3pm | 2c
Season 2, Episode 6

Building Off the Grid: Container Dreamhouse

First-time builders Shay and Shae set out to build a home using five shipping containers on a wooded lot in Oklahoma. They hope his background in electrical and welding, and their collection of building materials, helps them finish the job quickly.

Tuesday
Jan 19
5pm | 4c
Season 1, Episode 6

Building Off the Grid: Island Getaway

A family attempts to build a 400-square foot cabin situated on a small island in Northern Idaho. Access to the property is limited and rough waters make it difficult to bring materials in. It’s a race to the finish as winter hits the island early.

Tuesday
Jan 19
6pm | 5c
Season 2, Episode 4

Building Off the Grid: Piney Woods Place

Naturalist builder Cat Taylor constructs a remote sanctuary for her and her husband in the piney woods of Northwest Texas. She builds the two-story house using a mixture of sand, clay and straw and adds touches of comfort to entertain family.

Tuesday
Jan 26
12pm | 11c
Season 2, Episode 3

Building Off the Grid: Appalachian Underground

A husband wants to surprise his wife on their 10th wedding anniversary with a family vacation home on the edge of a rock quarry in the Appalachian Mountains. He plans to build this 700-square-foot home with an L-shaped ecoshell of soil and grass to blend into its surroundings. Besides the challenges of building in the remote location and keeping the project a secret, the deadline is nearly impossible with a countdown of only 35 working days before the 10-year wedding anniversary.

Tuesday
Jan 26
2pm | 1c
Season 1, Episode 1

Building Off the Grid: Georgia Mountain Treehouse

A young couple sets out to create their dream treehouse retreat in Northern Georgia overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Although the build calls for a treacherous mile-long, uphill trek with all of their materials, the end result is the ultimate childhood dream come to life.

Tuesday
Jan 26
4pm | 3c
Season 2, Episode 1

Building Off the Grid: Ohio Valley Hut

The Dutton Brothers are building a high-end, off-grid vacation home in the center of their family's 2,000-acre Ohio Valley cattle ranch. The home's unique design features include a wall of windows, a fully functional kitchen, a bathroom with shower, a solar panel station and an outdoor living area with a fire pit. A project like this in such a remote location would normally take six months to complete but the guys are working against a tight four-month deadline. And since they can only work on weekends, every minute is vital and every decision could either make or break the entire project.

Tuesday
Jan 26
5pm | 4c
Season 1, Episode 7

Building Off the Grid: Vermont Stone House

Novice builder Danny Clark attempts to construct a 600-square-foot stone cabin in Vermont's White River Valley. The home is sure to be a true work of art but his inexperience, the harsh winter and the unusual architecture push him to his limits.

Tuesday
Jan 26
7pm | 6c
Season 3, Episode 5

Building Off the Grid: Earth Block Ranch

A young family sets out to build their forever home on rolling ranch land outside San Antonio, using materials beneath their feet. They need to produce thousands of earth blocks for their build, withstand winter monsoons and freezing temperatures to finish the project before the sweltering summer hits.

Tuesday
Jan 26
10pm | 9c
Season 3, Episode 3

Building Off the Grid: Carolina Catamaran

A couple of pro builders construct an upcycled off-grid homestead deep in the sprawling South Carolina islands. Plans for the catamaran-style home include a luxury yacht aesthetic, but the couple must build during hurricane season to meet their deadline.

Tuesday
Jan 26
11pm | 10c
Season 3, Episode 5

Building Off the Grid: Earth Block Ranch

A young family sets out to build their forever home on rolling ranch land outside San Antonio, using materials beneath their feet. They need to produce thousands of earth blocks for their build, withstand winter monsoons and freezing temperatures to finish the project before the sweltering summer hits.

Wednesday
Jan 27
1am | 12c
Season 3, Episode 3

Building Off the Grid: Carolina Catamaran

A couple of pro builders construct an upcycled off-grid homestead deep in the sprawling South Carolina islands. Plans for the catamaran-style home include a luxury yacht aesthetic, but the couple must build during hurricane season to meet their deadline.

Wednesday
Jan 27
2am | 1c