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Cabin House Build Episode 8: Siding

We are building a simple, cabin style house in Alaska, inspired by traditional cabins designed for heating efficiency and lower cost to build. We hope this ends up being a nice, affordable home for some family someday!

This week, we installed siding on the exterior. We choose a panel siding to keep the cost down and also to get that vertical siding look. We love how it turned out, but there are drawbacks to using this type of siding. If you are planning on installing a similar sidin

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CLOSED: Win $150 to Build a New Desk

UPDATE: Winners have been notified, thank you everyone who entered!

We are giving away building cash to THREE lucky loyal readers to build the Brookstone Desk!  It's easy to enter.

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Brookstone Desk

Build your own farmhouse style desk with our free plans!  Uses off the shelf lumber and easy building techniques.  Matching hutch plans also available here.

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Brookstone Desk Hutch

Build your own desk hutch.  This plan matches our Brookstone desk plans.  Features three cubby shelves and space to fit most computer monitors or all in one computers.  Free step by step plans by

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Week 7: Interior Framing, Stairs (Cabin House Build)

Last summer, we spent six weeks framing up a house from a burned foundation.  It's a very simple house, inspired by traditional Alaska cabins for heating efficiency, low maintenance, and ease of building.  But we didn't get the heat system installed, so were unable to work on the Simple House over the winter.

This week, we started the project up again and got all the interior walls framed and stairs built. 

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