My friend and I built this cabin by hand with two hammers and two hand saws. We completely disassembled a 100+ year old garage owned by this old man, Donald. We took every piece apart and stacked them up while Donald pulled out all the nails and put them in a bucket.
We put all the wood in a box truck, drove it into the woods and dropped it off. Over the next few months, we would carry the wood on our shoulders a few hundred feet into a section of the woods we liked that was hidden and inaccessible by car. We spent a couple months getting it together, but it’s been an ongoing project for a couple years.
We have to straighten out each nail Donald put in that bucket to reuse them. We’re $30 into this cabin so far. We just recently installed a woodstove we found. No power tools were used at all.
Every time I go to Home Depot I look at the sheds displayed in the parking lot and think, “I could live in that one”. And I mean, for size and price, it’s actually a plausible thing! It’d be a lot of work to finish and outfit it, wire it for electricity, do the plumbing, and I’d need another smaller shed for my beekeeping and canning stuff, but hey, it’s cheaper than a house. It’s got real stairs and eveything!