Very true. This little cabin was built with bought materials. But, my back issues are in a hard to reach place, it is almost 9 PM here, the kids need to go to bed, and tomorrow is booked.Unregistered said:i doubt you find anywhere in the usa to build without following a building code and that will mean the frame is going to be material with a visible grade stamp kind of eliminates most salvage some codes even specificly state no salvage. You may be able to build sheds and detached garages that way in some areas. you may be able to use salvage items for trim but it may not realy save you anything to put an old junk window in and loose all the energy. You could probably put used interior doors and casing or molding in as long as it is not covered in lead paint. If you can pick rocks out of a field or creek you may be able to build with them. the days of building out of shipping wood or old box cars is gone now, except for chicken coops and dog houses. One of my favorite primitive cabin concepts is a small grain bin. I supose an old trailer is the cheapest house possible may even pay you to haul it off but maintenance is a nightmare and it is just junk. You are going to find it harder and harder to use alternative methods most places won't alow straw bale or a frames now.