Can I Really Build My Own Home?

| 1/26/2012 12:26:25 PM

Elizabeth RichardsonElizabeth “Neko” Richardson is a licensed counselor in the State of Texas, a veteran, and holds a degree in Environmental Science. She currently lives in Hunstville, Texas, where she is building and designing her own home and studio using reclaimed and salvaged materials on a budget of $16,000 or less. She also works as a carpenter’s apprentice under the mentorship of Dan Phillips. Follow her building progress living experiment in design on her blog, Salvaged Homes.  

Can I really build my own home?

The short answer is yes. You can build your own home, studio, live-work space, guest house, retreat, greenhouse, shop, storage shed, granny flats, or a place for any family member you want to keep close but allow to have the dignity of their own space.

Yes, you can build it. Yes, it will be beautiful. Yes, you will make mistakes and you might even feature those as beautiful, too.

Human beings have always built their own shelters and are fully capable of designing beautiful spaces. There is a deep desire in all of us to create and build our own shelter with our own two hands. The desire is innate and so strong that most of us have felt it at some point, if not constantly.

After people are assured that they can build their own buildings the next question they have is how much it will cost. I am using reclaimed and salvaged materials, so the answer is "not much" if you are willing to do the leg work, and "more" if you are not.