I recently bought a beautiful home that had a wonderful, woody interior.
The design was gorgeous, but it was too small for my wife.
I couldn’t find any instructions online, so I made my own.
I had to buy all of the materials for the home in bulk.
I used a laser cutter to carve out a custom, 3-foot-wide, 7-inch-deep, 1,200-pound slab.
It was my own, and I knew it was going to be perfect for my family.
So, when my wife’s mother died in 2014, I bought her a house for her mother, her sister and two grandchildren.
After they were born, I found that the home I’d carved out was much too big for them.
I knew the family needed to move out, but the next year, I decided to make my own home for them instead.
I also purchased a 3-by-6-foot plywood slab from Lowe’s for the back wall of the home.
I carved a small, custom wooden bench, installed a custom-designed floor plan and built a deck to hold all of my tools.
When I finished the home, I was thrilled with the results.
My wife is a design nerd, and her mom’s dad is a builder.
She loves to build things for her family, so when she heard about the $2,200 price tag for the slab, she knew she had to try it.
So she did, and she loved it.
After months of hard work, she now has a perfect home to call her own.
This article originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal on February 16, 2018.