Couple Lives in Tent for 3 Years to Build House DEBT FREE

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In 2015 we quit our lives in the city to buy bare land in the country and build a timber frame home from scratch with our bare hands, debt-free, with no prior experience. It’s been a wild ride of ups, downs, highs, lows, rain and rainbows, but we haven’t lost sight of our goals and have gotten further in three years than we thought we’d get in ten. Join us as we build our house, develop our rural property, practice traditional skills such as gardening and food preservation and go to even greater heights (literally) of exploring the world through aviation as a new private pilot!
Young couple builds their own dream home: bit.ly/2zvq9yp
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The big timber frame raising: bit.ly/2F5Xrua
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How we made $1,000 in one day milling lumber: bit.ly/2P8Muwm
Why we built a hot tub before a house: bit.ly/2Ff605I
Living in an rv while building our house: bit.ly/2PFkXlL
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  1. Marion de klerk

    Marion de klerk

    14 dias atrás

    Respect Guys,.....

  2. david david

    david david

    22 dias atrás

    Congratulatons! Watching your journey brings back memories of my parents building our house in the early 70s. We didn't live in an RV, but we camped out so often in the shell of the house as soon as there were walls and a roof. My dad hated debt, so we did so much of the work ourselves and with dad's handy friends. At 8 years, I was an ace spackler. I was in charge of picking up nails, litter, and building scraps, and sweeping up the rooms at the end of the day. Also an ace at painting and "cutting in". Those were great times, like these times were for you. The memories will last your lifetime with that well-earned feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. Good job.

  3. Karthik Raj

    Karthik Raj

    22 dias atrás

    You guys are amazing......

  4. Swamp Rat

    Swamp Rat

    29 dias atrás

    The new dinning table makes a good big bed for Bugaboo to have naps on.

  5. Mowen McGuire

    Mowen McGuire

    29 dias atrás

    Yes get rid of the camper, so you can increase the size, and change the back end of your work shop. Some place you can work on a vehicle out of the weather, and storage. could be a place to start seedlings.

  6. dmarnaud2


    Mês atrás

    I suggest a sheet of Plexiglas for the top of the table.

  7. Frank T

    Frank T

    Mês atrás

    why cant the trailer get wet? it is meant to be outdoors. hmm

  8. Paul Roehm

    Paul Roehm

    Mês atrás

    You learn just how much space you actually need. I can live very comfortably in my motorhome on an ongoing basis.

  9. Scott Compton

    Scott Compton

    Mês atrás

    I can’t wait for more videos love watching your channel

  10. John Krim

    John Krim

    Mês atrás

    I think I commented once before about your living conditions, but just think about it . You had shelter ( not a tent ) , heat , food , water, and A/C a lot more than a lot of people in some third world countries. If they had what you had to live in they would think they were living in a castle. If you think in any way you had it bad just think of our service men in times of war living in a foxhole , using there helmet to wash , eating spam and other rations for months on end, and having to use a hole in the ground for a toilet. There are probably a lot of homeless and other people who wish they had what you have. I could almost taste that beer you opened at the end.🍺🍺

  11. WildandLiving


    Mês atrás

    You can cook a pizza with a stove top look up back packing pizza you do it in a pan cast iron works best but other pans can do it make the dough flip it in the pan toppings then throw lid on takes 10 minutes

  12. CapeLookouttuber


    Mês atrás

    No apology needed, it is your life's journey, you've have allowed us the privilege to follow along. As Ten Bears told Josey Wales, your words of life are for all Comanche's to see. As Ten Bears (actor) said in One Flew Over the Coocoo's Nest.... Juicy Fruit !

  13. smokeinggta 89

    smokeinggta 89

    Mês atrás

    Did you two work while building or just saved for a good while and slowly worked your way up?

  14. Robert M

    Robert M

    Mês atrás

    The Hot Tub is where the story really began... Hope you keep that project alive.

  15. Neil Campbell

    Neil Campbell

    Mês atrás

    I built a "Boat House" in which to house my Zodiac. on a very strong wind hilltop. The revelation to "lace up" the tarp came via a man who builds plastic draped green houses for pot able plants. Despite wear and tear of the tarps for a year, the new configuration is serving its purpose.

  16. riftalope


    Mês atrás

    Another motivation? Do it while you STILL have your health. You never know when something might fall on you or a gland might go off meter. I got hosed before I could turn 50.

  17. Lars Kiel

    Lars Kiel

    Mês atrás


  18. Salimufari


    Mês atrás

    Love you guys. Jesse & Alyssa livin' the dream. I hope to follow a similar path.

  19. mark smith

    mark smith

    Mês atrás

    I am here till the end watching you guy's is great for the hard ship and goals reached is pleasing well done keep the work up

  20. TheRoyalCoconut


    Mês atrás

    My god it's been that Long! it's like we are a Family now!

  21. brian moore

    brian moore

    Mês atrás

    hard loving women everywhere know true love is always blind.

  22. Conny Norman

    Conny Norman

    Mês atrás

    Forget something? The Short end at ARV needs some.... ;-) dont listen to all crap.... Love you project!

  23. Carving the Cottonwood Adria Laycraft

    Carving the Cottonwood Adria Laycraft

    Mês atrás

    You guys are such an inspiration!

  24. Barbara Kegebein

    Barbara Kegebein

    Mês atrás

    Somehow, I saw your first video and it caught my interest immediately. This was my dream when I was younger! Life got in the way and at 67 (at that time) with health issues, I had to face facts that it would not be me building that life. (I am debt free). I have truly enjoyed following on your journey, so Thank You! And keep up your journey and doing it your way.

  25. LeeAnne Hazel

    LeeAnne Hazel

    Mês atrás

    Did you guys work jobs while you moved to this land ?

  26. Randy Hobbs

    Randy Hobbs

    Mês atrás

    And how many handsaws does one man need. Only two crosscut and rip that's it.

  27. Randy Hobbs

    Randy Hobbs

    Mês atrás

    You have a backhoe, DUH!

  28. Ken Denzer

    Ken Denzer

    Mês atrás

    Lived in tent ... ?

  29. Robert Orr

    Robert Orr

    Mês atrás

    Oh the good old days......

  30. Alison Law

    Alison Law

    Mês atrás

    It’s the journey of life. Xx

  31. z.0아이즈 브이

    z.0아이즈 브이

    Mês atrás

    stopped watching 2 years ago now my inbox is full of videos to binge watch

  32. Keith Salvatore

    Keith Salvatore

    Mês atrás

    Toilet seat down=successful marriage. Well done young man.

  33. Randy Dinsmore

    Randy Dinsmore

    Mês atrás

    I would have thought being stuck inside (winter) and a baby coming there would be progress on the interior. I guess the roof took it out of you. Your house, your schedule I understand. I love your videos but im in it for the build. Congratulations to you on becoming parents.

  34. Charles Gill

    Charles Gill

    Mês atrás

    epic music for a tarp job/ while this summer it was a roof job, dangerous and difficult...

  35. R.L.M. van der Pot

    R.L.M. van der Pot

    Mês atrás

    You guys are a great couple! The way of thinking and you always realize how simple you started Your preparation on jobs is always surprising and thought out. Good luck with all that you still want to realize Greeting Ronald from Netherlands

  36. brad buck

    brad buck

    Mês atrás

    time to auction off the trailer to use that money for home and kid supplies

  37. jim never

    jim never

    Mês atrás

    Next upgrade - table cloth

  38. Richard Thomas

    Richard Thomas

    Mês atrás

    I am surprise that blue tarp lasted a year . Those blue ones are not worth the powder that it would take to blow it to hell LOL

  39. dont Duel

    dont Duel

    Mês atrás

    I cant believe I have watched every one of your videos. well done guys and HI from Australia:)

  40. Nuno Santos

    Nuno Santos

    Mês atrás

    Well done guys.

  41. jim never

    jim never

    Mês atrás

    Good job - I predict the girls side last longer, she has a better tie down design

  42. Dusty Fuller

    Dusty Fuller

    Mês atrás

    God Bless you!you have come a long way!!Awesome Journey!!!Can't wait to see the New baby and the next project you do on the house!!❤

  43. seek2find


    Mês atrás

    Save old tarp for garden coverage at frost time

  44. Joe Pa

    Joe Pa

    Mês atrás

    When you guys were living in the RV how was the humidity - usually that is a problem

  45. YasLoLo7


    Mês atrás

    Your Struggles Were Worth It. Congrats!

  46. Terry W

    Terry W

    Mês atrás

    Don't listen to the naysayers. Fantastic life, fantastic build! I also live in an rv going on 2nd year. May be able to begin construction on my permanent habitat this year (hopefully). Grrrreat channel!!!!

  47. Kevin Schmuhl

    Kevin Schmuhl

    Mês atrás

    Instead of buying tarps to cover your RV if it's meant to be semi permanent get heavy duty tent canvas it last for years, check your local army surplus they may have something could work for cheap.

  48. Peter Scherling

    Peter Scherling

    Mês atrás

    I’m kinda hoping that it’s all not a deadly sin of pride!

  49. Andrew Meigs

    Andrew Meigs

    Mês atrás

    Nice retrospective

  50. Peter Jolliffe

    Peter Jolliffe

    Mês atrás

    I wish the human race could survive if we just all built our own homes but there is no answer to the human races survival in doing that.......... the Venus Projects non monetary RBE system and it's circular cities idea are the only SUSTAINABLE way I can see that we could ALL have decent homes and not bring about the end of the human race. Watch..br-channel.com/vision/video-Yb5ivvcTvRQ.html

  51. David Bakut

    David Bakut

    Mês atrás

    If I were doing this I would probably have got a 40ft shipping container and built a semi permanent single bedroom apartment. Doing it all on my ow would have probably cost all f like $30k

  52. M Dizzle

    M Dizzle

    Mês atrás

    Proud of your work.

  53. Weng Linchi

    Weng Linchi

    Mês atrás

    I cannot wait to see your new home to finished it.. Good luck and God bless your Family

  54. Hap Newsom

    Hap Newsom

    Mês atrás

    It's only crazy until you DO it....

  55. Chris Bautista

    Chris Bautista

    Mês atrás

    They should probably build a large covered garage warehouse in the future. They have plenty of space in their land. It should be able to house all their vehicles and log saw protected from the elements.

  56. Deborrah Cuttriss Sherman

    Deborrah Cuttriss Sherman

    Mês atrás

    Looking forward to following the rest of the journey. Yeah, keep that RV intact because there's going to be times you'll need to move in and out of it to keep the baby/kid safe from drywall dust, and mobility hazards if they get walking before things are finished and secute. Some day when they're older it'll make a great kid cave too.

  57. Old Time Farm Boy

    Old Time Farm Boy

    Mês atrás

    One truism of life is that those who can not or will not always know better and criticize those who can and do. They can not tolerate anyone who is better and is doing better than themselves and, like the annoying buzz of flies, are just something you need to keep at a distance and shoo away when they get too close.

  58. Tom Dale

    Tom Dale

    Mês atrás

    eye agree, it looks better, the new tarp ...good stuff

  59. Kc Beyer

    Kc Beyer

    Mês atrás

    The husband and I purchased 22 acres, moved to it in December and currently living in a camper. We plan to start building once the ground thaws. Your channel has and will remain an inspiration for us.

  60. Hans Brikkenbakken

    Hans Brikkenbakken

    Mês atrás

    I completely agree with your pholosophy and I fully support your choices. Maybe it's currently a sacrifice but this will save your future. If you don't do this while you are young and healthy you risk to arrive at a retirement age with a mortgage, possibly to become unable to pay it back, and nobody willing to help you. Your spirit of sacrifice should be an example, but it's easier to criticize you because they are unable to do the same sacrifice and basically your choice is demonstrating their weakness rather than recognize its value. I wish you to keep going well and reach your objectives the best way!

  61. ted blankman

    ted blankman

    Mês atrás

    You two need to get your blogs in the right order. Two months ago you told us all that you were pregnant. Wow that was great news. Now sence then then, you've had a couple of blogs, few of them you still wasn't showing, but we knew about it . Then one day there was a blog and it looked like you were about to pop, then the next one it was out of time. This video is the one that should be in order. Love your blogs and have been following it sence the beginning. Keep up the good work guys, can't wait till the next one

  62. Dana Bondy

    Dana Bondy

    Mês atrás

    Great recap!

  63. The Modern Viking

    The Modern Viking

    Mês atrás

    I live at home. work fulltime, and make 350k Nok a year, around 40k usd before taxses, as i am single i will doble my income (in my calculations) that means me and a (gf) would make 700k a year (before taxses), a house the size of your home would cost around 4-5m (minimum). that means it would take 6-7 years to buy a house dept free were i live (problalby be cheeper if i made it myself, or might be more expsencive havent done resertch on it) , if i had a gf. alone 12 years. and thats if we bouth lived expense free. so you lucky. Nice house tho =)

  64. Greg Tripp

    Greg Tripp

    Mês atrás

    No lie, I live full-time in an RV and save a tremendous amount of money compared to my co-workers who pay rent and mortgages that range between $850 for an apartment to $2000 for a house. It does get old, you know, not being able to turn around without hitting or tripping over something. I find it is also difficult to own anything whatsoever and keep the damn thing clean and clutter-free. However, still totally worth the sacrifice in comfort and perceived security.

  65. Todd Kuykendall

    Todd Kuykendall

    Mês atrás

    Dave Ramsay always states " Living like no one else.....so you can live like on on else" if I remember correctly.

  66. Robert Emmons

    Robert Emmons

    Mês atrás

    I hope that you keep the cabin as a workshop

  67. Stpehen Higgins

    Stpehen Higgins

    Mês atrás

    Could you throw some heavy rope or weighted rope strands over there tarp roof to prevent won't lifting it again? 😁

  68. Greg


    Mês atrás

    I love your videos and i follow you like other follow a series on TV., so i cant wait for the next one! ....thank you, you`s are such an inspiration to so many of us!!

  69. Ian Farquharson

    Ian Farquharson

    Mês atrás

    I suggest you frame and SoundBlock(blue in UK) baby's room. You will all be super happy and grateful for this 1 room. Great vid as always. ThankQ. TkEZ>UK

  70. Matt Brodacki

    Matt Brodacki

    Mês atrás

    We had a very similar journey. Definitely worth sheet rocking where baby is going to be, seemed like we had sheet rock dust for a long time unless you can close off from circulation. Best of luck!!

  71. Thomas Wright

    Thomas Wright

    Mês atrás

    God bless my friends you live in my dream I would love to do what you're doing but Jessie how do you talk your wife into doing this

  72. BadCat


    Mês atrás

    You could re-use that blue tarp to cover the Kubota and the back-hoe .

  73. Harold Domangue

    Harold Domangue

    Mês atrás

    Jessie the smartest thing to do would have been to tie the rope to the drone and fly it to the other side

  74. Ride-It-Out Tim-and-Toni

    Ride-It-Out Tim-and-Toni

    Mês atrás

    You nailed it. Great video. We did splurge with a 30 footer but we had two adults, two kids, three cats and one dog. Every small accomplishment makes up ten times for the set backs. Some of our funniest moments were in that camper.🤣 and the 6 ft tunnel of snow from it to the house.

  75. Greg


    Mês atrás

    All that snow would drive me nuts.....grateful to live in country where we only get snow sometimes and only in certain places!

  76. Harold Domangue

    Harold Domangue

    Mês atrás

    Jessie and Alissa how much longer till the big parent day comes

  77. TKay Shakur

    TKay Shakur

    Mês atrás

    Tell the critics to shove it and mind their business.

  78. Teri Johns

    Teri Johns

    Mês atrás

    Your little camper and temporary housing for 3 yrs has one of the best floor plans I've seen. I just love it! Now that your family is growing, I'm so glad you're finally able to live in more comfortable and roomy surroundings. You have both worked soooo hard to get here and I'm happy for you both!

  79. Martin Östlund

    Martin Östlund

    Mês atrás

    Been following you for years, you are doing great! As long as you are happy with your situation all is perfectly fine.

  80. Kathryn Blodgett

    Kathryn Blodgett

    Mês atrás

    I always thought you would use the camper yourself for vacations and stuff. But now that you have a pilots license, and a baby on the way, vacations take on a new structure.

  81. David Oyama

    David Oyama

    Mês atrás

    You both really started small and had to endure living in that small RV trailer with Bugaboo but you now live in a Gianormious timber framed mansion ! It was a 3 yr adventure to fulfill your dream house ! I have enjoyed watching almost all of your past videos and will look forward to more great adventures to come ! Thanks so much and Cheers ! 🍺

  82. J Banks

    J Banks

    Mês atrás

    What kind of cladding is going on the outside?

  83. Joseph Tighe

    Joseph Tighe

    Mês atrás

    Hi, I’ve enjoyed your video blogs while I’ve been recovering from major surgery. Curious to know the plan when the baby comes and Jessie, easy on the carbs. I’ve paid for it the hard way. Love you both.

  84. Peter Lee

    Peter Lee

    Mês atrás

    Your journey to freedom of a sort is inspiring , and proof of your fortitude....you planned well. Your momentum and progress seems quite attainable, so others with similar aims may take heed...but each journey offers a destination, happy trails!

  85. Andy Rawlinson

    Andy Rawlinson

    Mês atrás

    Hi A & J, greetings from Russia ! I have watched all your videos and found them all to be entertaining and informative, please keep going strong on your journey. One large request - i noticed a while ago that you have a new mini digger and on this vid there was some more interesting machinery behind the “mansion”. Please could you upload a couple of videos detailing the new acquisitions. I love all the serious gear you have. Best wishes

  86. Benjamin Kline

    Benjamin Kline

    Mês atrás

    For the cost of three tarps you could put boards across the frame and put a tin roof on it

  87. ashy slashy

    ashy slashy

    Mês atrás

    ginger beer so good....

  88. ashy slashy

    ashy slashy

    Mês atrás

    how do you two make a living,surely you two have some type of income.you never never mention that.please do that would help alot.

  89. Michael Langdon

    Michael Langdon

    Mês atrás

    This was a great video guys. Been watching for about 1 1/2 years learning and enjoyed watching.. Thanks, have some fun too.

  90. cmonster6


    Mês atrás

    Yup,you are at the point now where you’ll have too much stuff in the way to work.if I was at this point I finish one small area to stay in and have a contractor come in and bang the rest of it out or it will be years if ever that it gets finished

  91. Maurizio Canale

    Maurizio Canale

    Mês atrás

    Ciao dall' Italia congratulazioni Bravissimi!

  92. Sean Coles

    Sean Coles

    Mês atrás

    You should of gone for a 600gsm tarp would of lasted years, if you get the eyelets at the back of the tent and lace them together it will help with the wind betting under the tarp and ripping it. Keep up the good work!

  93. John Garran

    John Garran

    Mês atrás

    If you put some lines over the tarp as well as on the edges, they will keep the new tarp from flapping in the wind and they will help to prevent the tarp from tearing!🇺🇸

  94. david r

    david r

    Mês atrás

    high in camper

  95. R. J.

    R. J.

    Mês atrás

    Oh and one more thing, I noticed when you guys put the tarp up that the end facing the house has grommets too. Why not thread some rope through those from side to side like a corset and tighten it down??? That way the wind doesnt have much access to the underside of the tarp.

  96. david r

    david r

    Mês atrás

    to park our selves

  97. R. J.

    R. J.

    Mês atrás

    Noo, dont sell it. Keep it for your growing family to go camping and road trips in. Plus, you did say you plan to learn to hunt. Well, hunting is done in zones and if all tags are sold out in your area, you would need to pick one further out. Then thats where the camper comes in, your little cabin on the road to your hunting grounds. Hell, I would take it off your hands if I could. But right now, I am workin on getting my behind up to the area first. And so far this year may finally be the year I get up there after many many years of trying to get up there. But honestly tho, I rather see you guys keep it for camping/hunting/road trip reasons.

  98. Edward McKinnon

    Edward McKinnon

    Mês atrás

    Sharpen that knife for your wife Jessie!

  99. Phil Deeds

    Phil Deeds

    Mês atrás

    Put a banister on those stairs, I think it would be a SMART thing to do for your wife.

  100. Lino Tolentino

    Lino Tolentino

    Mês atrás

    I can't agree you much... well done! and as always, you guys are so amazing👍... this has been your avid followers from the Philippines 🇵🇭 while watching you from Saudi Arabia 🤔

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