The original plan had been to build a hut for under $300. That quickly proved to be unrealistic, but now that I’m done with the initial iteration, I thought I’d break down the costs so far. I’d like to note that the prices are approximate and/or rounded, and don’t include taxes. Some items I bought from different stores, so prices might’ve varied; I picked the higher price, or the average, in such cases. I also bought tools, which aren’t included here, neither are excess materials I purchased and didn’t use. So, yes, the actual cost has been much higher ($600+).
|.451″ thick 4’x8′ OSB||6||$9||$54|
|.451″ thick pine 4’x8′ ply||6||$14||$86|
|nails + screws||$25|
|mylar 52″x100′||1 roll||$40||$40|
|bubblewrap 1’x175′||1 roll||$20||$20|
|asphalt saturated paper||1 roll||$27||$27|
|.220″ thick 18″ x 24″ plexiglas||3 sheets||$14||$42|
For the most part, I think I hit a decent price-performance point, even though I went way over my original budget. I’m pretty happy with the quality and durability of what I have, though I could use more/better insulation, and I’m a little concerned about the long-term durability of the plywood exterior. When I started, it made sense to set a lower initial budget since I wasn’t sure if I’d even be able to build something that wouldn’t collapse immediately. But now that I have something that seems viable, it makes sense to invest more money into it for improvements.
Start small, iterate. The lesson I learned in software engineering applies to huts too.