Low Maintenance House

Low Maintenance House

A successful build of a classic cordwood/masonry home.  Nothing to do now but sit back and... well no sitting back.  Let's build a greenhouse.

PV Rack

PV Rack

A 2010 summer project was installing fourteen 175 watt Sharp PV panels and inter-tie with the power grid.  As of Sept. 6th we were suppling to the grid (above our own daytime power use) about twice as much electricity as we were using from the grid at night.  Cleaner air for all.

A Quiet Building Site

A Quiet Building Site

Lois and Bryan used good 'ol block and tackle along with a gin pole to erect the post and beam frame of their Colorado cordwood masonry home. This eliminated the need for cranes and noise!

Timber from the Property

Timber from the Property

With the post and beam frame complete... now to construct the 40 R-value compound-angled SIP panel roof and wrap the frame with bunk wrap available free from many lumber yards.  Then it's on to mixing masonry with paper slurry and stacking the 16" thick cordwood-masonry, 28 R-value, walls.

Cordwood Masonry Wall Infill

Cordwood Masonry Wall Infill

Infilling cordwood and masonry around a hanging window frame. Make note of pre-dried cordwood supplies along with the blue flexible electrical conduit for future wire runs.

A Winter Break

A Winter Break

Lois having a sled ride blast in front of thier Colorado solar thermal heated home.  Note the house before it's deck.  Deck vegas cantilever to the center of the house.  Part of the original design.

High Altitude Greenhouse

High Altitude Greenhouse

The only way to farm at 9400' above sea level. This greenhouse incorporates some subterranean heating methods.  It is covered with twin-wall Solexx panels.  The Solar Thermal Collectors on the barn roof provide ~90% of the home's heat and hot water needs.

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Lois Pratt, C.P.T., N.T.P.
Exceptional Determination! That is what it takes to reclaim our rightful place of wonderful health. It is difficult in this 24/7 world of stress and processed food but the goal is reachable.The practice of Nutritional Therapy is a little different than other nutrition consultants. We have many tools in which we use to get a very thorough understanding of where our clients are nutritionally and what systems we can support for optimal health. We use a detailed symptom survey, a thorough interview, a food journal and we also conduct a hands-on functional evaluation. The functional evaluation is a process in which I will check many different reflex points on the body in order to determine specific nutritional deficiencies.
After I conduct the evaluation, I will test different supplements against the results so that I may provide you with a tailored protocol that is specifically designed for you. Your body will make it clear what supplements you respond to favorably and what will aide you in your path to reach optimal health.
Please visit Lois' business site HealthyDetermination.com


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A Perfect Picture of Patience

That is what you will find within these web pages. Two people who dreamed of self sufficiency and sustainability. We found so many resources and direction from so many sources, we wanted to pull that together to help others reach their goals as well.

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Fat Burnerś Café

Your Heart's Preferred Fuel

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Homestead Experience

Currently the term 'homesteading' applies to anyone who utilizes back-to-the-land practices and who chooses to live a sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle. While land is no longer freely available in most areas of the world, homesteading remains as a way of life. A new movement, called 'urban homesteading', can be viewed as a simple living lifestyle, incorporating small-scale agriculture, sustainable and permaculture gardening, and home food production and storage into suburban or city living.

This website name, 'infolightandliving' was sparked during much reading from the latest quantum science and theory material. Information and light (photons) are the building blocks of our universe. What we choose to tap into for information (never limit your sources) and how we visualize and picture (picturing is the light part of this equation) from there determines how we "make our living"... thus the name... Info, Light and Living. Within these pages we are spewing our thoughts and actions on so many topics. You are invited to travel around our 'holodeck menu' of choices. We hope this information (our text), light (our photos) and our living experiences enhances your life in some wonderful, universal way. Thank you for viewing.
Enjoy!


Projects

7 Sweet 4'X10' Solar Collectors

Solar Thermal

It is very Zen-like not to have expectations and it was that attitude that got us through six years of weekends to complete our house. The truth is we must have had expectations because the performance of the house far exceeded them. The 16 inch thick cordwood/masonry walls and the solar thermal heating system we installed allows us to enjoy $24/month utility bills all year round. The seven 4'X10' solar collectors do the majority of the heating for the entire winter here at near 9500 feet elevation in the Rocky Mountains.More

Greens year-round in the Rockies

High Altitude Greenhouse Gardening

Learn about high attitude farming. Are you interested in hands on training in some of the methods we used? Look for upcoming workshops in this and cordwood masonry building, solar hot water systems and staying in shape to do the work! More

The Versatile Stability Ball

Exercise

How do you work this hard without injury or burnout? Lois has been in the fitness industry for 25 years and used her knowledge of body mechanics to keep her and Bryan injury free.More

Random Photos Gallery

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