Thoreau’s Budget

“Most men appear never to have considered what a house is, and are actually though needlessly poor all their lives because they think they must have such a one as their neighbors have.” – Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau’s Cabin Construction Budget

Boards: $8.03
Used shingles: $4.00
Laths: $1.25
Two second-hand windows: $2.43
One thousand old bricks: $4.00
Two casks of Lime: $2.40
Hair: $0.31
Mantle-tree iron: $0.15
Nails: $3.90
Hinges and screws: $0.14
Latch: $0.10
Chalk: $0.01
Transportation: $1.40
Total: $28.12


Henry Builds a Cabin