I found a really interesting article in Dwell about a home somewhat like ours. It is on a remote island off the coast of Maine, so it shares many of the the same logistical issues we had in building our own house. It's pretty much the same size, and was built by hand, largely of pine.
The island infrastructure isn't the same, however. This house has to generate and manage its own electricity, as well as capture its own water, as well water isn't available. Obviously a Cinderella is out of the question, so the house uses a composting toilet.
The article and its comments make for a good read, and I recommend it (and Dwell magazine itself) highly.
PS. Happy Birthday, Mom!