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Building Off the Grid

Building Off the Grid

DIY Network 2014

Adventurers battle the elements to build unique homes in remote areas.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Building Off the Grid

Building Off the Grid - S3E4

#1 - Windy Mountain

8.60

Season 3 - Episode 4

A snowmobile guide and his wife build an off-the-grid cabin by the rivers and mountain ranges of their beautiful home state of Wyoming. The build includes a 272-square-foot cabin with a small shop and garage that are all constructed with zero fossil fuels, meaning no gas generators or grid power will be used and all of the heavy lifting will have to be done by hand. The team faces many challenges, including snowdrifts and visits from four-legged neighbors, but the five-week project will prove to be just as grand as the scenery that surrounds it.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 5 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S3E5

#2 - Spearfish Canyon

8.29

Season 3 - Episode 5

Deep in the backwoods of Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota's premier off-grid builder Jared Capp sets out to turn four shipping containers into a stunning two-story mountain hideaway. The five bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms property will have a well for water, a living roof, solar panels and other high-end amenities. Getting the containers to the remote location will be challenging, however, and will require Jared to cut a road through the forest first.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 7 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S3E6

#3 - White Mountain

8.20

Season 3 - Episode 6

With help from a team of friends, an avid outdoorsman takes on the challenge of building a cabin in the remote White Mountains region of Alaska. The crew must work through snow, wind and a whole lot of mud to haul materials and build the perfect cabin in just seven days.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 5 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S7E7

#4 - Piney Woods Place

8.20

Season 7 - Episode 7

Cat Taylor uses her artistic and naturalistic background to construct a remote sanctuary for her and her husband in the woods of Northwest Texas. The two-story home uses a mixture of sand, clay and straw with a touch of comfort to entertain family.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 5 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S1E7

#5 - Gnome Sweet Home (aka Mud Men)

8.10

Season 1 - Episode 7

Matteo Lundgren is taking the art of natural building to a whole new level with his custom-designed Cob houses that blend with the environment surrounding them. Together with his designer, Peaches, they're creating homes built solely from the earth's ingredients, and he wants the whole world to do the same. Follow along as they hand-sculpt houses that are literally grown from the ground up.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 10 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S7E5

#6 - Volcano Home

8.06

Season 7 - Episode 5

A couple builds a rainforest retreat within the edge of an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 18 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S9E5

#7 - Carolina Catamaran

8.00

Season 9 - Episode 5

A couple constructs 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.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 1 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S3E7

#8 - Maine Lighthouse

8.00

Season 3 - Episode 7

After witnessing the demise of Casco Bay's Halfway Rock Lighthouse, history-lover and Maine native Ford Reiche now has the chance to return this American icon to its former glory. It will take barges full of scaffolding, brave masons and the cooperation of Mother Nature to pull it off, but there's nothing worth doing 'halfway' when it comes to Halfway Rock!

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 5 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S6E9

#9 - Big Sur Modern Retreat

8.00

Season 6 - Episode 9

A nature-loving architect builds a modern California cabin that rivals the views of nearby Big Sur.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 16 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S6E10

#10 - Maine Straw Bale Cabin

8.00

Season 6 - Episode 10

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.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 14 votes.

#11 - Montana Earth Home
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 3

A couple builds an earthen home in a remote canyon in Montana.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 11 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S7E3
#12 - Maine Straw Bale Cabin
7.95
Season 7 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 22 votes.

#13 - Colorado Cliff Home
7.89
Season 10 - Episode 1

An adventurous couple builds a technologically advanced, solar-heated house on a cliff overlooking the vast plains of Colorado. Their Passive Plus home includes solar, passive solar, septic and water catchment technology ideal for off-grid living.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 18 votes.

#14 - Glacier River Cabin
7.88
Season 3 - Episode 8

A young couple is leaving their Air Force to build a log cabin together and start a new life in the last frontier of Alaska. With only three weeks to make it ready before the winter, they’ll need all the family, friends and determination they can muster to get it done. Follow their journey as they endure the elements and long northern days to handcraft their new home from the ground up and completely off the grid.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 8 votes.

#15 - Massive Mud Home
7.80
Season 2 - Episode 2

After getting engaged, Summer and Jack move away from New Jersey to fulfill their life-long dream of living off-grid; they buy a plot of land in Sedro Woolley, Wash., and commission Sunray Kelley to design and build their dream mud home.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 10 votes.

#16 - Yurts So Good
7.76
Season 1 - Episode 4

Chris and Catelyn Williams are building the home of their dreams, a 30-foot tall, 700 square-foot, off-grid yurt in Montana, complete with a breathtaking view of the mountains. And with solar power, its own stream, hot running water, a modern kitchen, all-weather insulation, a second floor loft, and even a guest room for friends and family, this definitely isn't your grandfather's yurt. Follow this young couple as they prep their own land and break ground to build their ultimate luxury yurt in the woods.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 25 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S7E8
#17 - Cascade Mountain Escape
7.75
Season 7 - Episode 8

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.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 12 votes.

#18 - Montana Mountaintop Dream Home
7.75
Season 5 - Episode 3

A couple builds their off-grid dream home on a remote mountaintop overlooking the Southwest Montana backcountry. Together they’ve dreamed up a mountain base camp that’s high tech and suits their outdoor lifestyle, but in this far-flung location where mother nature rules, they will be pushed to the edge and beyond.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 12 votes.

#19 - Glacier River Cabin
7.71
Season 4 - Episode 2

A young couple is leaving their Air Force to build a log cabin together and start a new life in the last frontier of Alaska. With only three weeks to make it ready before the winter, they’ll need all the family, friends and determination they can muster to get it done. Follow their journey as they endure the elements and long northern days to handcraft their new home from the ground up and completely off the grid.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 14 votes.

#20 - Rocky Mountain Homestead
7.70
Season 6 - Episode 5

Two outdoorsmen build an off-the-grid hunting cabin in southern Colorado.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Building Off the Grid from 23 votes.

Last updated: oct 31, 2020

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