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Building Your Own House - An exercise in Self-reliance, Creativity and Independence!

Building Your Own House is an exercise in self-reliance, creativity and Independence!

I did it once before when I was 24 and must say - it was by far the most enjoyable job I have ever had!

When you consider the physical conditioning as well as the money, taxes and interest you save, you find out it is also one of the best paying jobs around.

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Yep , I did it for 11 years while I lived in a 10 X 50 trailer

house. My house is a steel frame with 85 tons of stone covering the exterior and all outside doors are steel. If I called the nearest volunteer fire
department it would take them an hour to get to my home, therefore I built it fireproof. I owe nothing on my home but have to pay the county $2200
a year so they can waste on "educating" a bunch of knuckleheads.


Thanks for the inspiration. We're going to be building (The Lord willing) an addition onto our house this Spring. Once we get the damn permit for the thing then the work begins. I won't be doing the masonry (no good at it) but the rest I will be. My finger gets tired, at the end of the day, from pulling the nail gun trigger. Thank God for those inventions!

I built my own log house

Saves a bunch of money, but it can hurt you. I am literally an inch shorter now than before I built it. Make sure you don't bite off more than you can chew.

Thank you Dr. Paul for making me act on what I already knew was right.

*May the only ones to touch your junk, be the ones you want to touch your junk.*

Biting off more that you can chew is

a common mistake, I've done it myself!

Check out these guys if you

Check out these guys if you want to build your own home mortgage free. My husband has taken the class and it was wonderful. They are also like minded. I actually found Ron Paul from this site's messageboards. check it out.


how do i go about that

I have no clue where to begin! How would I learn to do that?

you start with a plan , pour a foundation and the rest is all

wood ,drywall, electrical, plumbing and imagination. don't forget to insulate ! vapor barrier is important too :)

~Mikael / Peace, love, Light and unity ~

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Stop the NWO....It's just illumi..Naughty !

Find an experinced designer

be sure not to overbuild, and find an experienced carpenter or building person who can guide you and keep you out of the mud holes. Then take your time and enjoy it!

Alone in the Wilderness

read the book? seen the docufilm?

are you that guy? I wish I could be sometimes!




Living in it, mortgage free!

I can help you all build them I've built over a hundred in

my career. where's that free state project ! I'm in !
~Mikael / Peace, love, Light and unity ~

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Stop the NWO....It's just illumi..Naughty !

Yes, it really is a nice feeling!

Log home with solar power, spring water, wood heat, and 12.5 acres, I can pretty much do as I please.

I did all this in preparation for Y2k, but it's paying off now!

I'm going passive solar with a lot of thermal mass and

mulit-generational in that it will have 3 self-contained units built around a court yard.

Did you do most of the work?


I designed the house, laid every block, cut every log and board, and drove every nail and screw, with my own 2 hands, by myself. Alone.
Designed and installed the solar system and wired the house.
Designed and installed the spring water pumping system into the house, and the on-site water treatment system.
I did everything by myself.

The passive solar is a very good way to go, and is easy to do.
You'll appreciate your use of the thermal mass in the winter, and that's an idea that also used to an extent.

My house is relatively small, so that i didn't have to burn alot of wood to get it warm.
It's just me, and my dog and cats, and we're happy just like that.


I did the same thing. Everything, except the excavation & concrete. It took a trackhoe & a D-9 as I'm pretty much on solid rock. Mortgage-free is the best feeling! Ocassionally, I'll look at the 5'x6' windows on the 2nd floor and wonder how I ever put those in by myself! I have about 7000sqft under roof (house, garage, workshop & horse barn).

I've since helped several young couples build their own homes. It's cool, they are in their 30's & 40's with $300k houses, and no mortgages. Mostly, I've built conventional construction, but have done 1 log and 1 straw. I'm "consulting" a 65 year old freind who is building his own right now. I'm mid 50's and I think I have one more house in me!

Advice to people considering this excellent endevor: 1) do it. 2) buy the tools you need, and buy good tools. 3) make your inspectors your friends - they are an excellent source of free, but good, advice. and they can be a real pain in the ass if they don't like you. 4) try to make your big mistakes on paper - it's a lot easier to move a wall in CADD than in real life. Enjoy the process - you will know things at the end of the journey that right now, you cannot even imagine.

Ron Paul - Hope for America

Ron Paul - Hope for America

me too

I think back to when I put in the 44 ft long triple 2x12 main floor joist by myself and wonder how in the world I did it by myself, and the 16 ft 6x12 logs 12 ft off the ground.

It does tend to make you proud doesn't it?

Thank you Dr. Paul for making me act on what I already knew was right.

*May the only ones to touch your junk, be the ones you want to touch your junk.*


Congratulations on your home!

You did quite an ambitious project!

Sounds great, would like to see some pictures

if you have some.

The first house I built was my own, then I started building for other people - It's a totally different thing - I hated contracting. I've been designing homes for about 20 years, I hope I've learned a little bit along the way.

Where are you located?

I'm in

a rural area of East Tennessee.

This is the only home I've built, and I certainly hope I don't need to build another one.
I think I'm getting to an age where it might be a little too much for me to do now.

It's really just a basic little home, made of milled logs, with a "rocking chair porch" across the front, and 2 dormer windows cut into the rafter-type roof.
It has a loft second floor, which is why I used the rafters instead of trusses.
It looks just like the typical log house, wth the door in the middle and large windows on each side, and the 2 dormers over the porch.
Rustic little home, but it suits me.

Built the entire thing without having to pull a single permit!

That's the way to go!

I like to get out away from the permits too.

I use to design a lot of homes for a log cabin company. Some people have problems later on with the logs rotting out from the inside, I think you have to be careful water is not getting to the inside of the logs!