Homestead Living

America was once an answer for many Europeans looking to call a piece of land their own.  Dirt under your feet and a roof over your head was more than shelter but a way of life.  Whether it be a large parcel of land or a small corner lot, there is a sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with owning your own home.  These days as the city floor condenses and the way of life switches gears people are moving outward to get back to their roots.  Children have a place to roam and learn about nature and grandparents understand what once was, the "good-old days".  Here at Balas Homes we understand the freedom open spaces give.  It's a way of life, our way of life. 

Not So New

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Balas Homes, a name that may not be familiar in the pacific northwest.  But what if I were to tell you that they have over 80 years of experience in residential building.  Catch your attention?  The Balas family had been building high end custom homes in the Sacramento, CA area for decades.  Jerry Balas and his father spent many of those years as a joint venture.  One hand in real estate and the other in building.  As the years went on and the economy suffered what was thought of as a loss actually became what Balas Homes is known for today, simple quality.  The same quality that was found in custom homes was continued but made in a more affordable manner.  You see, Balas Homes had a reputation.  And when word got out that they were building homes at a level more people could afford there was never a question of quality or reliability.  Nearly 15 years later the name resurfaces and finds itself in the pacific northwest.  I'm fourth generation home builder carrying on the same experience, knowledge and integrity that founded Balas Homes over 80 years ago.  Consider us as your home remodeler of choice.

-Jonathan Balas

Small Acreage Cows

I've always been a cowboy at heart.  The great outdoors, cattle and horses founded many Americans here in the United States.  In these modern days we rely on large corporations to provide us our meat, but without great concern.  Hormones and antibiotics are pumped into the flesh of our food source as a means to earn more profit in a shorter amount of time.  This is a driving force where a lot of us decide to go back to our roots. 

So what is necessary to raise your own cow?  The article posted shines a bit of light on what it's like and what is needed to raise your own cow.