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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pro builder Mark Smith is building an off-grid modular home stooped high on a cliff off the coast of Vancouver, Canada. The pressure is on as even the smallest mistake can result in the home tumbling 85 feet down into the ocean.
Jared "Cappie" Capp showcases the luxury of off-grid living by building a modern home in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This stunning all-solar-powered abode will have a wood-burning fireplace, gourmet kitchen and a 400-square-foot loft.
A pro builder constructs an off-grid dream home for his family on a remote riverside plot of land in the heart of Canada's east coast. He faces tropical storms, winter blizzards and more all while using innovative methods to meet passive house standards.