It’s been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and Richard Aiken is definitely the kind of person that understands this. Richard had wanted to live in a log cabin out in the woods for years. But in all of his previous attempts to purchase or make on, he found them too expensive. That is, until the owner of an old, run-down log cabin in Missouri built offered it to him for free. So after insisting on paying $100 for it, Richard gathered his family for help and immediately got to work. The cabin had been disheveled since the 1990s. worldlifestyle It looks even worse inside. Richard is practically starting from scratch. worldlifestyle The wood was still in decent enough condition. worldlifestyle In order to move the cabin to its new home, each individual piece of wood was recorded and documented. worldlifestyle You couldn’t ask for a better location for this project. worldlifestyle The Aiken family even built a man-made lake out of the natural spring they found. worldlifestyle A dock was built next. worldlifestyle They then built the cabin again, beam by beam. worldlifestyle Richard propped up the foundation and built a basement for food storage. He then added a roof. worldlifestyle He didn’t like having to cut down so many trees, but with the house nestled within such deep forest, he didn’t feel quite as bad. He also built a nice porch, which really adds to the rustic charm. worldlifestyle The fireplace was built brick by individual brick. worldlifestyle These beautiful stairs were made from a fallen tree. worldlifestyle All of the iron was hand-wrought, with the doors and other frames made by a professional carpenter. worldlifestyle They used chicken wire to fill the breaches in the cabin, as well as a classic sealer that left room for insulation. worldlifestyle Doesn’t it look awesome? worldlifestyle What a great place to kick back and relax after a long day. worldlifestyle The rest of the family loves it, too! Here they are on Thanksgiving. worldlifestyle Richard and his family put a heap of hard work into this project, and it really paid off. Now Richard finally gets to live his dream! Credits: boredomtherapy.com Share this story on Facebook with your friends.