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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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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Diagram: Blueprint of the Ozarks country home.
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Ozarks country home 1
[1] Post-and-beam construction was chosen for its simplicity, low cost, and adaptability to a sloping site.
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Ozarks country home 2
[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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[3] Here you can see the purlin ties connecting the 2 by 12 rafters to the 2 by 10 purlins.
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Ozarks country home 5
The bedroom loft provides plenty of space for sleep and play.
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Ozarks country home 4
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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