For as long as I’ve known Dad (Joel), he has talked about underground housing. It’s a dream of his to have a house that is underground with a garden roof top. I suppose this would be much like the house that Laura Ingalls Wilder had. (the name of the book escapes me at the moment, can you remember?)
Daniel and I built our house here on the farm, up on the hill behind the big white farmhouse. Due to county restrictions, we were not allowed to build anything smaller than 900 square feet. Absolutely ridiculous, I know. So rather than fight all the battles, we fought the hardest to be allowed to use our own milled lumber.
A concession was made – we could use our own ungraded, milled lumber if we went up a size on every board. Done!
We both like the rustic look anyway, so that’s what we did. We harvested the trees from here on Polyface and milled the lumber ourselves. We have a portable band saw mill from Turner Mills. If you plan on doing any building with your own trees at all, this mill is affordable and dependable. Polyface highly recommends them.
Here are some photos of our mill and a couple inside our house. Unfortunately, I don’t have any that are digital of our construction process, so I can’t share those.
So, what is your dream house made of? Where is it?