Living Outside the Box

A Few Simple Technologies for Daily Living

(Most pages updated in 2013)

Composting Toilets
Water Use
Water Reuse
Other Biological Toilets             
Other Graywater Systems                   
Food Preservation and Storage
Native Desert Foods
Solar Ovens
A Wood-Fired Cooker

This website highlights our on-going exploration of some practical aspects of simple, land-integrated living. The emphasis is on simple technologies and skills that address basic needs such as food, water, shelter, etc.  In recent years, a page on our adventures has been added.  

You will find examples of simple technologies we've lived with on a daily basis since the early 1990's.  During the 1990's we lived in South Texas.  From 2000 to the present, we live half of each year in Arizona and the other half in Oregon.  We have a tiny home in each place and continue to practice the technologies described on these pages.   

If you have questions or comments, we'd enjoy hearing from you.

Email us at: david (at)




"We must achieve the character and acquire the skills to live much poorer than we do. We must waste less. We must do more for ourselves and each other. It is either that or continue merely to think and talk about changes that we are inviting catastrophe to make."

Wendell Berry, from the essay "Word and Flesh," in the book What Are People For? North Point Press, 1990.