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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.

Wednesday
Jul 15
1am | 12c
Season 3, Episode 4

Building Off the Grid: Lake Superior Lodge

A Minneapolis couple aims to build a modern, off-grid lodge overlooking Wisconsin's south shores of Lake Superior. They'll use reclaimed wood from the property combined with modern, high-end finishes to build the home of their dreams. If they want to experience all that nature has to offer in the northern Wisconsin woods, however, they'll have to face sun, snow and a few slip-ups as they race to finish the project.

Wednesday
Jul 15
2am | 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.

Wednesday
Jul 15
3am | 2c
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
Jul 21
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
Jul 21
3pm | 2c
Season 3, Episode 1

Building Off the Grid: Woodland Expedition

A young man is designing his first home on family land in rural Illinois to be off the grid and on the go. He and his buddy combine their experience as long-distance travelers to improvise their build through a Midwest winter.

Tuesday
Jul 21
4pm | 3c
Season 4, Episode 1

Building Off the Grid: California Cob House

A group of off-grid-living enthusiasts come together to build a 300-square-foot bungalow. With a variety of eco-friendly features, including a solar-powered water pump, this house is a welcome addition to the environmentally friendly community.

Tuesday
Jul 21
5pm | 4c
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
Jul 21
8pm | 7c
Season 5, Episode 9

Forest Builds

Building off-the-grid can be magical if you're perched in the canopies of a lush green forest. But building a cabin in the woods will be a challenge. These backwoods builders are risking it all to construct an A-Frame in the Black Hills, an artistic cabin in the Cascades, a modern Ohio Valley escape, a restored Colorado family cabin and a massive mud house! Pulling these forested builds off won't be a walk in the park, but in the end they'll have a million-dollar view!

Tuesday
Jul 21
9pm | 8c
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
Jul 21
11pm | 10c
Season 5, Episode 9

Forest Builds

Building off-the-grid can be magical if you're perched in the canopies of a lush green forest. But building a cabin in the woods will be a challenge. These backwoods builders are risking it all to construct an A-Frame in the Black Hills, an artistic cabin in the Cascades, a modern Ohio Valley escape, a restored Colorado family cabin and a massive mud house! Pulling these forested builds off won't be a walk in the park, but in the end they'll have a million-dollar view!

Wednesday
Jul 22
12am | 11c
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.

Wednesday
Jul 22
2am | 1c
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.

Wednesday
Jul 22
3am | 2c
Season 3, Episode 2

Building Off the Grid: Killer Views

Two families decide to simplify their lives by going off the grid. A family of four builds their dream home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Lubec, Maine, while pro snowboarder Sean Busby and his wife move out of their yurt in Whitefish, Montana, as they build their off-grid home with stunning views of Glacier National Park.

Sunday
Aug 9
12pm | 11c
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.

Sunday
Aug 9
6pm | 5c
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
Aug 11
9am | 8c
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
Aug 11
10am | 9c
Season 3, Episode 1

Building Off the Grid: Woodland Expedition

A young man is designing his first home on family land in rural Illinois to be off the grid and on the go. He and his buddy combine their experience as long-distance travelers to improvise their build through a Midwest winter.

Tuesday
Aug 11
11am | 10c
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
Aug 11
9pm | 8c
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.

Wednesday
Aug 12
12am | 11c
Season 5, Episode 4

Building off the Grid: Waterfront Builds

Many people dream of building off-the-grid on the water, but turning that dream into a reality will be sink-or-swim. From an underground home on a rock quarry to an oceanfront tropical paradise, these builds will be as incredible as their locations!

Wednesday
Aug 12
1pm | 12c
Season 5, Episode 5

Building off the Grid: First Time Builders

Some off-grid builders have years of experience while others have never picked up a tool in their life. But that won't stop these amateur DIY-ers from trying to build the off-grid home of their dreams. They will take on a straw bale home in Maine, a container dream home in Oklahoma, a Vermont stone cabin, a Hawaii dome home and a Montana earthbag retreat. Mistakes will be made and deadlines will be missed, but if these novice builders can pull it off, the results will be truly rewarding!

Wednesday
Aug 12
2pm | 1c
Season 5, Episode 3

Most Unique

Off-the-grid builds come in all different shapes and configurations. These builders are thinking outside the box to create some of the world's most unique structures. From a redwood retreat to a desert dome, these builds are off-grid works of art!

Wednesday
Aug 12
3pm | 2c
Season 5, Episode 1

Most Remote

Off-grid builds are notoriously remote, but these take it to a whole new level! Set on top of sub-zero glaciers, miles into the Atlantic and even deep in Alaska's wilderness, these builds push the limits of what it means to be in the middle of nowhere!

Wednesday
Aug 12
4pm | 3c
Season 5, Episode 8

Family Builds

For some off-grid builders, it's family first. But the path to a simpler life can be daunting and when family is on the line, the stakes are even higher! These builders are tackling a modern Montana home, a coastal tiny house, an artsy mountain abode, an Ozark container paradise and a Maine cabin retreat. These builds are sure to be a monumental challenge, but the reward is a lifetime of family memories!

Wednesday
Aug 12
5pm | 4c
Season 5, Episode 6

Building off the Grid: Most Sustainable

Building off the grid is all about sustainability. These builders are dreaming big while still living in harmony with Mother Nature, creating a Colorado solar abode, a Texas earth block ranch, a straw bale panel getaway, a green Rocky Mountain clubhouse and a Montana tiny house. Constructing an eco-friendly home won't be a walk in the park but if these builders are successful, the result will be a sustainable dream come true!

Wednesday
Aug 12
6pm | 5c