This family aimed to build their compound without having to sell any of the four acres to finance the job. The result was a strict budget and resourceful building practices. The project manager and superintendent partnered with the client to help the family complete some of the work themselves. With our consultation, the client installed her own flooring, decking, and some interior trim. Panelized construction, Hardie siding, and bargain finishes further helped to keep costs within budget. These factors also allowed the project to be completed in just nine months. Simple lines, an open floor plan, and details such as wide-planked spruce floors set with old-fashioned cut nails assure the home is as tasteful as it is cost-effective. Galvanized outbuildings complete this compound for an active family that loves to spend time outside.