MOTHER's Low-Cost Home-Building Contest: Winner III

Winner number three in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Low-Cost Home-Building Contest are the Masons, who built a timber frame home for only $3.55 per square foot.



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Diagram of main living quarters of the Mason's house.
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Low-Cost Home-Building winners Masons
It takes ingenuity and persistence for a young family with three small children to build their own home. One way that the Masons economized was by cutting most of their lumber with a portable saw mill.
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Chart of the costs of the Masons home design.
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Space heat is provided by a woodstove that Rick designed and built.
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Shouldered mortise and tenon joints are about 1/8 inch wide for each inch of post thickness or 1 inch on the Masons' 8 inch posts.
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