Building a Low-Cost Country Home in the Ozarks

Frank D. Spaun and his family move across country and build a low-cost country home in the Ozarks. Includes information on Ozarks land, the house design, walls and floors, roof and foundation and root cellar.



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Diagram: Blueprint of the Ozarks country home.
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Giving up the security and promise of my career and taking complete charge of my life were the hardest things I've ever done. But Thoreau's claim that "the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation" had struck home for me: I felt like one of those men.
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[3] Here you can see the purlin ties connecting the 2 by 12 rafters to the 2 by 10 purlins.
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[2] 2 by 6 framing was toenailed between the posts, then tar paper and reverse board-and-batten sailing were applied directly to it. Vertical framing was used at the gable ends to support horizontal shiplap siding.
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[1] Post-and-beam construction was chosen for its simplicity, low cost, and adaptability to a sloping site.
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The living room's brick floor and south facing double pane windows help keep the home warm in winter.
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Chart: Ozarks home building expenses.
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The bedroom loft provides plenty of space for sleep and play.
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