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Building Off the Grid

Building Off the Grid

DIY Network 2014

Construction projects are stressful, especially if they are in the middle of nowhere. Incredible skill is needed to build successfully on tricky terrain.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Building Off the Grid

Building Off the Grid - S3E4

#1 - Windy Mountain


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 from 5 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S3E5

#2 - Spearfish Canyon


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 from 7 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S3E6

#3 - White Mountain


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 from 5 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S7E7

#4 - Piney Woods Place


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 from 5 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S1E7

#5 - Gnome Sweet Home (aka Mud Men)


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 from 10 votes.

Building Off the Grid - S7E5
#6 - Volcano Home
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 from 18 votes.
#7 - Carolina Catamaran
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 from 1 votes.
#8 - Maine Lighthouse
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 from 5 votes.
#9 - Big Sur Modern Retreat
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 from 16 votes.
#10 - Maine Straw Bale Cabin
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 from 14 votes.

Last updated: may 30, 2021

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