Former professional snowboarder Mike Basich built this 225-square-foot off grid stone home in the middle of his 40-acre property near Soda Springs, Calif. According to him it took five years to build and he estimates that he has moved 175 tons of rock. The home has no internet access, indoor plumbing, or traditional electricity. Water is fed to the home by two creeks located on the property, and he utilizes a simple indoor camp style shower.
Mike was making $170,000 yearly when he was competing and believed that he was following “the American dream” when he purchased a 4,000-square-foot house. Basich quickly realized that a large home and fancy car “didn’t do anything different” for him and decided to get back to the earth by building the nature inspired passive solar home.
If you are thinking of building your own stone home below is a different version for even more inspiration. Good luck with your projects this summer.
You won’t need to be an expert stonemason or even have much construction experience to build your own house with one of the world’s most traditional building materials–stone. Stone House: A Guide to Self-Building with Slipforms contains all the information you’ll need to successfully build a stone home for yourself, from clearing the building site to topping the stone walls in preparation for roof framing.