Yellow house with a red door in winter.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!

Yellow house with a red door in winter.

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A little girl looking at a garden with the words "wooden raised garden beds + organic vegetable gardening." Click to visit post." This summer was our first year using wooden raised garden beds to grown our vegetables and I have to say - it went really well!… Read More
An unplanted garden in spring with the words "starting a garden + planting trees." Click to visit post. 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
A yellow house in winter with the words "building a house from start to finish in under 15 minutes." Click to visit post. 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
Living room with wood floors, a fireplace and a grey couch with the words "eco-friendly home tour." Click to visit post. 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… Read More
A yellow house with a silver roof surrounded by dirt with the words "house construction update." Click to visit post. 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?… Read More
A white wooden vanity in front of a green forest with the words "building an eco-friendly house - with green finishes." Click to visit post. 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… Read More
An under construction house in front of a blue sky with the words "green home design." Click to visit post. 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
A little girl standing in an under-construction basement with the words "building a sustainable home." Click to visit post. 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… Read More
A barbed wire fence on an acreage with trees with thee words "how to find land to build your dream home on." Click to visit post. 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
A concrete floor with green painter's tape and an orange measuring tape with the words "how to tape out your new home's floor plan." Click to visit post. 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
A little girl running on a country road with the words "land tour." Click to visit post. I’ve been wanting to take you all on a tour of our land for quite awhile now. You can read all about how it came… Read More

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Find out more about our 40 acres of land in Parkland County, Alberta and the sustainable home we built amongst the trees.