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

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A family attempts to build a 400-square-foot cabin situated on a small island in Northern Idaho; access to the property is limited, and rough waters make it difficult to bring materials in; it's a race to the finish as winter hits the island early.
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Mark Smith builds an off-grid modular home perched high on a cliff off the coast of Vancouver, Canada; the pressure is on as even the smallest mistake can result in the home tumbling 85 feet down into the ocean.
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Jared "Cappie" Capp showcases the luxury of off-grid living by building a modern home in the Black Hills of South Dakota; this stunning all-solar-powered abode has a wood-burning fireplace, gourmet kitchen and a 400-square-foot loft.
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First-time builders Shay and Shae set out to build a home using five shipping containers on a wooded lot in Oklahoma.
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A man surprises his wife with a family vacation home on the edge of a Tennessee rock quarry.
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Bamboo-home architect David Sands seizes the opportunity to build his own getaway in Hawaii that features a luxurious outdoor bath area and detached, starlit master bedroom; however, volcanic eruptions threaten to send the entire project up in smoke.
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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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Kolin Buzerak returns to his family's 100-acre property in Upstate New York to put down some roots; he plans to build an off-grid timber frame cabin with a full kitchen, living space, dining area, and open loft bedroom.
aired 17 days ago
Jared "Cappie" Capp showcases the luxury of off-grid living by building a modern home in the Black Hills of South Dakota; this stunning all-solar-powered abode has a wood-burning fireplace, a gourmet kitchen and a 400-square-foot loft.
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Builder Phil Parr heads to the wilderness of northern Colorado to build the ultimate off-grid tent; far beyond simple nylon and poles, this lavish tent has a custom fabricated wooden frame, canvas shell and 650-square-feet of livable elegance.
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A couple race to finish a modern, off-grid lodge overlooking the south shore of Lake Superior.
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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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Marine scientists in Florida hire engineers Nicolas Derouin and Arnaud Luguet to create a first-of-its-kind floating home; they have nine months to complete it, but unpredictable weather and building hiccups may sink this project before it can swim.
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In Ohio, two brothers build a high-end, off-grid vacation home on their family's cattle ranch.
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Naturalist builder Cat Taylor builds a remote sanctuary in the piney woods of Northwest Texas; she builds the two-story house using a cob mixture and adds touches of comfort to entertain family members.
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A family builds an ultra-modern farmhouse completely off the grid in the verdant Wisconsin countryside; when the project extends into winter, they're pushed to the breaking point as they face the impact of extreme cold on the build and themselves.
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In Washington State's Cascade Mountains, a couple builds their 2,400-square-foot dream cabin; the location gives them amazing views, but hauling heavy beams up dusty switchbacks on a six-month deadline pushes them to their limits.
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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.
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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.
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A couple plans to build an oceanfront oasis for their family in Maui, Hawaii and, to keep the budget low, they design a Quonset hut which can be built cheaply and quickly, but unexpected setbacks test their limits at every turn.
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Professional tree-house builder Michael "Murph" Murphy wants to build a cottage retreat for his family in Washington; he enlists his friends to create natural siding and a massive fishing net for lounging above the living space.

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