Building A Netzero Barn Home

- Henry David Thoreau

Pictured above is a 7 acre plot on Distillery Road in Warwick, NY  My wife and I have just purchased this property.  We also purchased the post and beam framework of a barn that was built in 1860 in Bolton, Ontario.  Our plan is to erect the barn on the property, and turn it into an energy efficient, environmentally friendly space where we can live, work and host musical performances with our friends.

“What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?” 

Backyard

Front Yard

Our plan is to document the process on this website - the trials an tribulations, the good decisions and the bad, the celebrations and the frustration.  We hope you will follow along and learn from our successes and failures.   It is our belief that we can live well and still treat the planet appropriately using sustainable building materials, capturing energy from the sun and the wind, and taking care to keep our carbon footprint small.