Seth McBrideOut here in the wettest Oregon winter I can remember, project Home Hack is moving along nicely. As I explained in a previous column (Hacking a Home, July 2019), my wife, Kelly, and I are building our own accessible home, and we’re trying to do it as inexpensively as possible. After months of hassling with dirt work, water connections and permit applications, we finally have something to show for all the money we’re spending: a weather-tight 30-by-50-foot pole barn with a concrete slab foundation. Here are a few things I’ve learned about hacking a home so far.

Getting Out of the Ground

A common aphorism about building is that getting out of the ground is the hardest part, and so far for us, that’s no joke. That’s because you have to have your building plans set, permits in hand, ut