We’ve all heard the saying that… “we learn the most in this life from our failures”.
And unfortunately… it’s true.
A better way to learn is from observing OTHER people’s mistakes… and successes.
When building something as significant as a house we want we want to avoid painful “life lessons” as much as we can. Few people will share their mistakes with us (it’s often embarrassing and humbling) so we need to make a habit of seeking them out (that’s not hard to do when it comes to something as large as house).
It’s been a lifelong passion of mine is to study houses… to learn from the best and avoid the rest.
In this week’s episode of Handmade House TV I take you to three small houses that I recently came across in the search for land for my next home. Each of these houses was built about the same time… within a few hundred feet of each other… likely for about the same amount of money.
Two of them turned out tragically, while the third… stands proud and true.
What can you learn from them?
These two poorly built homes in this episode ignored the 12 Keys to a Handmade House… if you haven’t watched the free video that I put together revealing the 12 keys make sure and check it out sometime! Here’s the link… The 12 Keys to a Handmade Home
When it came time to put a roof on the cabin I went to our local sawmill and bought some pine timbers to create five pairs of heavy duty roof trusses.
Locally harvested and sawn wood is environmentally friendly and low in cost. And besides, I love going to the sawmill, any opportunity that I get you will find me in my truck and on the way there. It’s almost as much fun as visiting Disney World, but without the mouse ears. 🙂
We bolted these trusses together and pegged over the bolts. We also beat the sawn timbers with an adze to rough them up. Yes, I’ve done some things I’m not proud of… I’ve made mistakes… but I’ve learned from them… I’ve gotten better… and part of my sharing here on line is to help you not make the same ones.
Do not buy, or use, an adze… there, I said it.
All in all though… the roof came out well… it looks good (other than those faux adze marks) and it is so much stronger than a modern truss roof.
Once your tools start piling up you are going to need a way to store them for easy transport and access. In comes the first of likely several toolboxes. In this video Noah Bradley encourages you to put the tools you have gathered so far and put them to use and build your first tool box… a custom one made to hold the tools you have.