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

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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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Seeking to escape to a place where their family can unplug and enjoy nature, Jason and Crystal set out to build a 320-square-foot cabin on the Maine coastline in just 12 days with the help of a small group of friends.
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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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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.
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After witnessing the demise of Casco Bay's Halfway Rock Lighthouse, Maine native Ford Reiche has the chance to return this iconic landmark to its former glory; it will take barges full of scaffolding and brave masons to pull it off.
aired 15 days ago
While specialty builders Jon and Amanda D'Aleo design and build earth-sheltered homes in southern Colorado, they weren't expecting a project this far off the grid; they must work overtime to get the house constructed and buried before winter hits.
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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.
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Beth wants a getaway on the white sandy beaches of Ambergris Caye, Belize; Ken Grissom and his crew transport tons of building materials to the remote island to construct an off-the-grid luxury getaway with the warm Caribbean water just steps away.
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The Walker family takes on a multi-generational construction project rebuilding their 100-year-old mining cabin in the Colorado wilderness; they're a family of engineers who are game for any challenges that will face them in the months ahead.
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A couple build their off-grid dream home on a remote mountaintop overlooking the southwest Montana backcountry; together, they've dreamed up a mountain base camp that is high tech and suits their outdoor lifestyle.
aired 15 days ago
In Montana, a young couple breaks ground to build a luxury yurt with a breathtaking view of the mountains; the solar-powered yurt has a modern kitchen, a second-floor loft, a guest room, and its own stream.
aired 26 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 26 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 26 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.
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A family of five builds a forever home on their 46-acre property overlooking the Smoky Mountains.
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An eco-friendly couple fights an early winter to build a timber and straw-bale cabin in Maine.
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A couple builds a rainforest retreat within the edge of an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island.
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A nature-loving architect builds a modern California cabin that rivals the views of nearby Big Sur.
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A couple race to finish a modern, off-grid lodge overlooking the south shore of Lake Superior.
aired 66 days ago
Newlyweds escape the city to build their first home up in New York's Hudson Valley; utilizing timber felled on their property, they craft their tiny house completely off the grid, but unexpected setbacks threaten to derail their honeymoon project.
aired 66 days ago
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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