This weekend we went to look at a friend’s house out in the country. He had built it himself …with help from his sons. It was a beautiful stone cottage, perfectly proportioned with French-style windows, shutters, and a clay tile roof. On the inside, was a terra cotta floor, exposed beams, and a wood stove.
“Yes, we just built it ourselves. You know, nowadays you can’t do this. You certainly can’t do this in England. I’m sure you can’t do it in America either. But we just didn’t say anything about. And we did it all ourselves so not many people knew about it.”
The house was hidden from the road by a dense hedge.
“And cheap? The whole house barely cost anything. We got a few truck loads of stone delivered. Then, I just bought mortar – one bag at a time – as I needed it. We recycled the floor tile. And the roof tile too. And we made the wood beams ourselves. We just cut down a couple trees and then cut them to the sizes we wanted. It took a little time. But we just did it on weekends and vacations. One of my nephews came to help too. It was fun.
“The only things that really cost money were the roof tiles, which we had to buy…and the doors and windows, which we had made by a local woodworker. Everything else was very cheap or we found it or recycled it ourselves. So, in the end, we have a nice house with no mortgage.”
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