760 new $400,000. houses are being built all around us on 3 sides. We don't live in the country anymore but we are still not in the city limits. Trash dumpsters are full of boards every day. I have 2x4 boards every length from 3' to 14' long. 2x6 boards every length 2' to 14' long. I have 2x8 & 2x10 boards 3' to 8' long. I have boards in stacks in several places inside the 30'x50' work shop 200 boards per stack. I have been pulling bent nails every day until now, everything is covering in ice and it is 12°F outside. I got ride of 2 gutted camper trailers and saved 1 to build. Maybe I start working on my gutted trailer soon but very good camping weather will start last week of March. We would rather be camping that restoring a camper.
Nowou can buy a piece of property back in the country and build a new house with all that wasted lumber.
For years I have been picking up aluminum and scrap steel, chairs, gliders, barbecues, now I keep my eye out for wood. It is crazy the amount lumber went up. Most of the wood in Western New York is a Product of Canada so maybe tariffs are a problem.
We’re getting ready to build a cabin on a piece of property we’ve had for nearly 25 years. We had the forest thinned a couple years ago, so we won’t have to remove many trees, but we will need to grade, dig a well, do a septic system and pull in electricity from a transformer across the road. A few years ago, we could have done the whole 600 square ft for around 90 grand. Now we’re almost afraid to find out how much it will cost. The good news is that after rebuilding Hamlet and a derelict house, we can do all the interior if someone can give us a mostly finished exterior. I will be scouting architectural salvage places for lumber (and other stuff), I guess!
Post by turbodaddy on Feb 16, 2021 18:07:27 GMT -8
Most of my adult life I've had it in the back of my mind to buy a piece of land, remote and private. Maybe build a cabin. But then at some point I recognized that if I did, I'd most likely feel obligated to go there whenever I found some "free" time. Instead, I embraced the idea of exploring. First via a 1966 VW camper, then tent camping, and later on when sleeping on the ground wasn't fun anymore (and my wife was extremely pregnant for the first and only time) we rented a "Cruise America" motor home. That was a less than satisfactory experience, but it did show me that there could be another way. That was when we bought our trailer. Another concept we've learned as a result of our travels with the camper is, "You don't need to own the view to enjoy it".
We also love to explore, so Hamlet will be well-used until we no longer drive. But our once quiet town is rapidly turning into a haven for the rich who are cutting down forests to build their starter castles with absolutely no regard to how the finished product fits in with the community. We have a view at home, but we need to get away from the increasing noise, light and traffic. Our little cabin, if the price of lumber doesn’t keep us from building, will sit in a forever forest at the end of a dirt road. It is quiet and dark enough to see the Milky Way on a clear night and is only 90 minutes from home. Hamlet will still be there to take on trips and for an extra “bedroom” for guests.
We are looking into what’s expected to happen with lumber prices. Unfortunately for anyone working on a trailer or anything else that needs wood, it doesn’t look as though prices will be decreasing any time soon. :-(
Yesterday, I responded to a free item post about some old redwood deck boards. The guy needed them gone by noon and I figured I could find enough good wood in them to make a few Adirondack chairs. I guess he got a lot of interest because they were suddenly $100, though as noon approached the price dropped pretty quickly. I wonder if he actually got someone to pay for all the nail filled, rotten wood?...