We are from a small community at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mts, both grew up country farm folk in upstate NY. Now after raising our family and 20+ years in our present home, we have the opportunity to start over building a new home for ourselves. We are buying almost 3 acres on a ridge top that we rented years ago. Our son was born in the old shack of a house that's still there.... A hand dug well with good water and septic tank already there. Working and planning on building something as cheap and efficient as possible, possibly totally off grid. Already have chickens and turkeys, a deer a plenty in the apple orchard next door. Ground grew some good stuff before. Looking forward to sharing the experience and asking a few dumb questions before its over.