Waitress Builds Log House Fortress

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

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
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
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
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
Log House
Photo courtesy Fotolia/Olga Labusova

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