What Building Project Are You Most Proud Of?

| 2/4/2010 2:46:12 PM

I’m certainly not what anyone would call a carpenter — not by a long shot. When I was a pre-schooler, my parents built a lovely three-bedroom, Cape Cod style house. I got pretty good at identifying tools and handing them to my dad. I knew the difference between a Phillip’s and a slot screwdriver, and where to find the hammer Dad used the day before.

In the early years of my marriage, we did a lot of house remodeling, and (again) I was good at finding the right tools and developed a familiarity with the use of many of the tools in our workshop. But I had never tackled a building project all on my own.

A few years ago, while living on some rural acreage, I needed an outhouse on a remote portion of the property. So, I thought, “I bet I can do this!” I drew the little shed-roofed structure on paper and figured the number of 2-by-4s and sheets of plywood I’d need. It was a two-holer, so to make things easy, I made the dimensions 4 by 8 to take advantage of the size of a sheet of plywood. The most difficult part of the job was cutting the top of the studs at an angle to accommodate the shed roof. But I did it — the whole thing — all by myself. I did need help moving it to its final location, but all of the construction was done by me. I was very proud of myself!

What building project have you done all on your own that you are the most proud of? Share your story in the comments section below.


Deek D_3
3/12/2010 10:06:33 AM

here's my most recent- although I've built a TON of tiny homes and cabins- and featured a good deal of them in an indie book I just released.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEvYT3CMtQI -Deek http://www.relaxshacks.com for some of the other things I've built recently.

Denise Holtz
2/22/2010 7:58:00 AM

The building project I am most proud of is one my husband and I began 2 years ago. We found out farmers around here were wanting to tear down old barns. Not wanting to loose the materials and history, we built an old western town on our farm. We started by dragging the grain bins from inside our first barn behind a tractor, three miles to our place. Out of those, I have made a General Store, Soda Saloon and Boarding House, (one is yet to be done). Then more farmers found out what we were doing and now we have, a school/church, livery stable, 2 story hotel front, and the beginnings of a bank. To furnish each building we have used things that are around the farm, or things friends donated. Now "Draggitville" is used by anyone who wants to see it, use it for gatherings, or have an old fashioned weinee/marshmallow roast.

Pat Miketinac
2/20/2010 8:49:48 PM

My earth shelter house. Rob Roy said it could be built for $10,000 in purchased materials (1987 dollars) and he was right, but in my case it was also about 3300 hours of labor. This included logging, sawmill work, excavating and backfill. 23 years later, I am still amazed what a great concept this is for safety and energy efficiency.

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