My Build Diary

Falling in love with a tiny house

I found this beautiful little house for sale nested in the woods around Hlásná Třebaň. The neighbor has some Turkeys and Ducks. And the cottage and surroundings are something out of a fairy tale. Big old Plum trees (which I wish I would’ve got more footage of) and a cute cabin nested down in a […]


What To Look For When Buying Land

Before I start the article just thought I’d show you that our apartment is now up for sale. Here are the pics we worked so hard to make. Taking photos of an apartment to show its true size can be more difficult than you think! What to look for when buying land? It’s a simple […]


Time to sell

There’s always a lot of points in life that need to be decided upon with impulse decision making. If one keeps planning for the future and not actively working to make that future happen then we might as well just give up and accept that what we have now is all there is. I’ve been […]


My Grandfather in Law’s Amazing Home and Food Gardens

Jana has been spending a lot of time out at her Grandfather’s place an hour outside of Prague since she is now 7 months pregnant and needs the peace and quiet. I was amazed when I arrived there last week to find a multitude of berries and fruits bulging from tree branches overhead. The place […]


Blending Modernism with Hippy Shacks

So far I’ve seen a lot of great ideas from both those who are striving to build sustainable homes with recycled materials (Michael Reynolds and his earthships) as well as cutting edge eco materials used in homes that are reminiscent of early modernism. In the two photos below you can get a clear idea of […]


Michael Reynolds Discusses Earthships in Prague

So yesterday Jana’s friend asked her to check out “some earthship lecture” going on at the National Technical Library. Unfortunately Jana couldn’t go but I decided I wanted to check it out. Well, to my surprise while I was looking for direction I found out that it was Michael Reynolds himself! Super cool. I arrived […]


The Starting point! Research and Gathering Information about Alternative Building

So I guess this is where it finally starts. My wife Jana and I have made the decision that we are going to build a house very soon and I want to document the process. I’m a painter, and adjunct lecturer at a university. She is currently pregnant with our first child and we are […]