Waitress Builds Log House Fortress

A gutsy homesteader builds her log house dream home for just $15 a square foot.



Log House
Photo courtesy Fotolia/Olga Labusova
Green Building
Dorothy in action. The ledger board clamped to the rafter ensures a clean hole when the drill bit breaks through the other side of the rafter.
Photo by Dorothy Ainsworth
Fortress
I just had to come up with a practical plan for my dream home on my waitress's frayed-shoestring budget. Vertical-log construction was the practical choice for a 125-pound woman with a strong back and a sturdy chain saw.
Photo by Dorothy Ainsworth
Home Construction
In winter, the living room is full of light and heat, thanks to large windows and a woodstove. Cotton duck curtains help insulate but let light filter through. Note the hanging-chain knee braces.
Photo by Dorothy Ainsworth
Build Your Own Home
The saddest day of my life: 6,000 hours of labor and $30,000 in materials go up in flames.
Photo by Ashland Daily Tidings/Denise Barrata
Ashland Oregon
Kirt Meyer carries an ""Oregon toothpick"" with relative ease. (Don't try this at home).
Photo by Dorothy Ainsworth











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