DIY cabin in the woods

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

small cabin siding
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Finding  cheap land

A 2006 road trip for Mariah’s birthday led to a serendipitous discovery: a love for the wilds of northeastern Oregon. Soon after, an ad in the local paper led to the purchase of a distressed, 100- by 150-foot parcel for $47,000.

“Where most people would have seen a steep, partially burned, partially logged slope that didn’t have utilities, we just saw possibilities,” Mariah recalls.



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