Welcome to Our House in the Trees - the sustainable home we built on 40 acres of land in Central Alberta, Canada. Join us on our journey!Welcome to Our House in the Trees.

Want to learn more about our 40 acres of land and our sustainable home?

Back in 2011, my husband Devin and I came across 40 acres of raw land in Parkland County, Alberta, Canada. It was for sale. And we fell in love.

It had trees. Hills. Places to hide. Places to admire the beautiful view.

It was close to a town, but not too close. It was close to family and friends.

Basically, it was perfect.

The problem? It was expensive. Like really expensive.

A year later, after searching and not finding a comparable piece of land, we bought it anyway.

The plan? To one day build a sustainable home on it.

Over the next several years we built two roads on it, dug two ponds and put up fences. I came up with a sustainable home design and then changed it – four times. We had two kids. We moved the proposed building location. And we spent countless hours in the trees.

In the summer of 2019, the construction of what we call Our House in the Trees began. Five months and ten days later we got the keys to our new home.

This is our journey. Join us!

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If you're also looking for inexpensive garden beds ideas - building wooden raised garden beds from old materials is about as budget-friendly as you can get. This summer was our first year using wooden raised garden beds to grown our vegetables and I have to say - it went really well!Sure,… Read More
Always dreamed of starting a garden? Me too! Which is why it was the first project we tackled after moving into our sustainable home. Check it out! Always dreamed of starting a garden? Me too! Which is why it was one of the first projects we tackled after we moved into our… Read More
Ever dreamed of building a house from the ground up? Well, this family of four did it - all while trying to be as eco-conscious as possible! Watch them go from raw land to house in the trees in under 15 minutes. You'd think after eight years of planning, five months of building, one month of moving and another month of pinching ourselves in disbelief, I'd be… Read More
Our eco-friendly home is finally done and I'm so excited to show you all of its sustainable features - such as the solar panels, recycled content materials and secondhand finds! We've moved into our eco-friendly home! Just had to get that out there.I'm a little behind in posting about the process, but I've decided that's… Read More
Here's an update of our eco-friendly house construction process! Complete with LED bulbs, secondhand light fixtures and cork-backed flooring. It's a treehugger's dream come true! Wanna learn all about LED lightbulbs?No?!Okay, how about secondhand light fixtures?Maybe...?Okay, do you want a see our STUNNING cork-backed laminate floors?Now that's more like it!It's… Read More
Want to learn about sustainably-manufactured drywall, zero VOC paint and see some beautiful handmade light fixtures? This eco-friendly house is well on its way to being a happy green home! As much fun as the foundation and framing stages are (for me at least), the REAL fun begins with the interior finishes. This is also… Read More
The build of our sustainable home forges onward! Episode three covers the last half of August and includes me fawning over sustainable building materials like our gorgeous steel roof, while also trying to grapple with our decking and siding choices. Plus an appearance from oh-so-fluffy insulation made of recycled content! The build of our sustainable home forges onward! In fact, so much happened in month three that I had to split it into two.Episode three… Read More
Curious about green home design? Follow along as we build our sustainable home to get tips, inspiration - and to join in the fun! While the second month of our sustainable home build still went relatively smooth, there were definitely some moments of high stress. The continuing uncooperative weather… Read More
Come along as we follow our dream of building a sustainable home on 40 acres of land in Central Alberta, Canada. In Episode 1, we deal with a ton of rain - but it doesn't dampen our spirits! Plus, I try my best to find eco-friendly finishes for our house in a part of the world not exactly known for eco-friendliness. Ever dreamed of building a sustainable home? Well, I sure did. And now that dream is coming true!Because you know how it goes. You buy… Read More
A lot of people dream of one day buying land and building a home. Here are a few tips on getting the process started and finding that perfect property! Whenever we tell people about our land one of the first questions they ask is, "How many acres do you have?" Now, 40 acres may not be a lot… Read More
Designing a house? What you see on paper and what you see in real life can be very different, which is why laying out a floor plan with tape is important. Something I have been looking forward to doing since I started designing Our House in the Trees was the day when we could tape out… Read More

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