Here is what the Vermont Mini Cabin cost me:
Pressure-treated lumber (Home Depot) $100
Rough-sawn lumber (Eagle Saw Mill) $704
3/4″ plywood $568
Nails, screws, other misc. supplies $200
Ship-lap pine siding $600
Metal roofing panels and flashing (Fabral) $936
Clear pine for trim $180
Steel door $100
Windows (12 Pella ProLine casements w/screens) $3623
Stove (Morso Squirrel) $1100
Chimney and stove pipe (Simpson) $500
Flooring (Forbo Marmoleum Click) $502
Cost before adjustments $9458
Forgone BMW purchase ($44,260) …’cuz that’s what my friends are buying instead of doing stuff like this.
12 days labor of high-priced innovation consultant (not thinking about that)
Net Savings $34,802
Incidentally, I purchased the site for $8500, plus another $1000 or so in legal fees and transfer fees/taxes. (One of a half dozen lots I was able to aggregate in a largely defunct development.) So, even including the land costs, this project was well under half the cost of the BMW, and I believe it will be around a lot longer than that car would have been.
Incidentally, Dunn Lumber has an excellent site with prices listed for most lumber-yard items. This is a great reference for cost estimating, even though you most likely will not purchase from them unless you live in their service area.
Very nice house friend, and in 10 years you can buy that old BMW for a thousand bucks and watch it rust in the woods if you want, or drive it to town to buy choklits 😉