Build a Home for $10,000 in 10 Days!

In the western New York back country, there's a man who has found a way to quickly and inexpensively build a home from "junk" timber that commercial mills would reject.



Family log cabin
Build a home in ten days? Using William Castle's fast timber-framing method, that's all it took to put up the shell of this cabin for Castle's daughter.
PHOTO: CHRIS McCLELLAN
10,000-dollar timber frame house
Building this log cabin was a family project nearly 30 years ago.
CHRIS McCLELLAN
Timber frame insulation
This building technique uses an “insulation sandwich,” which is energy-efficient.
CHRIS McCLELLAN
Timber frame corner
Although these logs look round, they’re milled flat on one or two sides.
CHRIS McCLELLAN
Timber frame joint
Joints are secured with half-inch lag screws.
CHRIS McCLELLAN
Rustic table
Castle uses thick slabs of wood cut on a custom-built mill to create artistic furnishings.
WILLIAM CASTLE
Pollywogg Holler
Pollywogg Hollër, built by Bill Castle and his family, has grown from one cabin into an “eco-retreat.”
CHRIS McCLELLAN
William Castle
Much of Castle's woodworking art is done by hand.
MIKAEL CASTLE
Wood carving
Castle's work includes custom carving.
WILLIAM CASTLE











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