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
Wood carving
Castle's work includes custom carving.
WILLIAM CASTLE
William Castle
Much of Castle's woodworking art is done by hand.
MIKAEL CASTLE
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

















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