When I visited with them, they were living in the basement of their Amish modular log cabin, bought as a kit and they had done the construction themselves, with the help of family and friends.
I was/am in awe.
I got a tour of their former barn apartment (now Robin's wood shop and general storage), the upper floors of their cabin home (studded in and waiting for wiring, some limited plumbing, plank flooring, a few windows and dry wall).
They are doing all of the construction debt-free, using Craig's list for builders' surplus (like the energy effecient windows throughout) and salvaged materials (wood flooring from houses slated for demolition).
I am in awe.
Their footprint is about 680 square feet and is all they will pay taxes on (according to the county they live in).
The upper floors are property tax free.
The upper floors will have spiral stair case and ship's ladder access so precious space is not wasted on grand staircases. The house is adorable inside!
Like a luxury treehouse.
Speaking of luxury...
Their water trough is painted with their own patron saint (attached to the inside of the clean out door).