DIY cabin in the woods

See how one couple built a retreat in the Oregon wilderness for $10,000

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Photo by Thomas J. Story

How you can do it: Find affordable land

Land that is far from modern conveniences (like airports) is typically cheaper. The Oregon Signal Shed, for example, is a six-hour drive from Portland.

Look for land that doesn’t require traditional bank financing (banks typically require you to build within a tight timetable or else incur very high interest rates). Ryan and Mariah were able to buy their land through seller financing (the seller agreed to carry the loan).

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