Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Built with Heart and Sweat Do-It-Yourself Construction

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Built with Heart and Sweat Do-It-Yourself Construction

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If you want a new house (vacation or otherwise) built with classic New England simplicity, are capable of constructing it yourself to save money, and love to work hard, contact veteran architect David Howard in Walpole, N.H.

He will sell you a basic FirstDay Cottage kit for $28,000 with five copies of an 80-page construction manual. The finished house is 16 by 30 feet, 1-1/2 stories (one-half is a common construction term meaning a smaller second floor), with small bedrooms and windows.

During the past four years, FirstDay Cottages have risen in 11 states. The name refers to the day of completion which becomes the "first day" of the rest of your life. "In 15 weekends," Mr. Howard promises, "working with six to 10 people, you can construct it, and we'll even teach you how to carve the front-door trim. We spent five years designing a house that a young married couple, with no children and earning $30,000 a year, could build if they have plenty of energy. …

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