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Adventurous builders battle the elements to build unique homes in remote areas.

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aired 5 days ago
Mollie and Sean Busby live off the grid for two years before deciding to take it to the next level, and the couple builds a super efficient tiny house surrounded by stunning views in northwestern Montana.
aired 5 days ago
With help from friends, an outdoorsman takes on the challenge of building a cabin in the remote White Mountains region of Alaska; the crew must work through snow, wind and mud to haul materials and build the perfect cabin in just seven days.
aired 6 days ago
A snowmobile guide and his wife build a cabin in Wyoming; the build includes a cabin, small shop and garage, all constructed with zero fossil fuels; the team faces challenges, but the project will prove to be as grand as the scenery surrounding it.
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Innovative designer and builder Graham Hill sets out to transform a steep Maui jungle plot into a 600-square-foot, high-tech dream home with multiple moving walls and other space-maximizing features.
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A young couple seeks to build a log cabin and start a new life in Alaska; with the help of family and friends, the couple endures the elements and long northern days to handcraft their new home from the ground up and completely off the grid.
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A creative family builds a three-story tiny house full of clever features in Maine; but with limited experience and a three-month deadline, they'll need help from Maine natives to get it done.
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A Colorado couple attempts to build one of the most energy-efficient homesteads in the state; Mother Nature and bleeding-edge technologies give them a run for their money as they race to complete their high-end alpine lodge before winter hits.
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Alaskan adventure guide Don Lee builds a remote survival cabin on top of a glacier, a site plagued with avalanches and unpredictable weather.
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A young cabin builder creates a one-of-a-kind cabin in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York during the winter months; because of the new and complicated design, the crew must adapt to the environment.
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Joey Caiafa sets out to build a mountaintop hideout outside of Leadville, Colo.; he enlists the help of his friends and an architectural designer to trick out the solar powered space, but unforeseen issues could bring the build to a halt.
aired 9 days ago
In Spearfish Canyon, S.D., off-the-grid builder Jared Capp sets out to turn four shipping containers into a stunning two-story mountain hideaway, featuring five bedrooms, a well, a living roof, solar panels, and other high-end amenities.
aired 9 days ago
In Carbondale, Colo., a mountain biking group builds a mountain retreat; they use their bicycles to haul their building materials across rugged terrain, and they excavate by hand for a one-of-a-kind experience.
aired 9 days ago
A realtor and his three children set out to build their dream home on a wooded ridge top in the Ozark Mountains of Oklahoma; while navigating the hardships of their remote setting, they convert three shipping containers into an off-the-grid paradise.
aired 10 days ago
Builder Matteo Lundgren creates custom cob houses using natural materials such as clay, sand, straw, and water.
aired 10 days ago
A couple builds their dream home in a remote canyon just north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana; they create an earthen home suited to the climate; they'll navigate the hardships of their remote setting while surrounded by stunning views.
aired 10 days ago
In Tres Piedras, N.M., Beau Dunavant and his girlfriend, Samantha Inman, plan to build a home made of mostly recycled materials and lots of dirt; they contend with blowing dirt, blistering sunshine and freezing temperatures in the desert.
aired 23 days ago
John Beal is ready to leave the city behind and embrace an off-the-grid life in Isla Mujeres, Mexico; Beal hires Richart Sowa and his son, Eden, to build an eco-friendly private floating island made from recycled plastic bottles.
aired 23 days ago
Sonia Havill puts her skills to the test by building her first house -- an off-the-grid cob cottage on top of an Oregon mountain; Sonia enlists the help of family and friends, but her lack of experience and the rainy season may wash away her dream.
aired 24 days ago
Off-the-grid contractor Gregg Smith battles the elements to build a cliff-side retreat for a family in the Sierra Nevada Mountains; for Gregg and his team, erecting this house in the middle of nowhere comes with its share of challenges.
aired 24 days ago
Furniture DIY-ers Ana and Jacob White build their dream cabin in the remote Alaskan interior on Paxson Lake, battling extreme elements while putting their carpentry skills to the ultimate test.
aired 24 days ago
A family is determined to build an off-the-grid cabin along Idaho's Salmon River; the family members take on Class 5 rapids to portage out materials, and they must race to complete their cabin before low tide hits and they can't return home.

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