Well I can clearly see the problem. They have no vision thing. No ability to see what something can become. Standard old World thinking. Want experts to create their dreams. Only big time operations can create them, a zillion peeps must be involved in only very approved methods.
If you are a poor boy, want more than the average bear, you have to be able to create it by many means and approaches. Part of that is waste not, want not. You use every opportunity that comes your way. Everything is a gem hidden in the dirt when viewed in the proper manner and acted upon according.
If you have trees, you immediately think lumber, then what can I do with that lumber. Putting together a game plan to make it happen. Experts will never give you a house with a "Story", a house that has a "Past", one with "Romance" already built in. They always just give the same trendy shack with so much Oh-Hum.
If you have vision, can take your own trees and start your own house, you can not only save a lot of money but you can start the "Story" to the house that gives it appeal forever. Everything is always possible with the right peeps, approaches and methods.
You can not afford first class lumber, trim work in a new house if you are a working boy. Even a rich boy will drop a lot of change to get it. But it doesn't have to be so.
I had this problem of a shed all forelorn and the deep in the woods. I wanted to restore it to the former glory dazes but had just about zero budget. Also redesign it, make it bigger, use only the materials like the old dazes. Of course all the experts would scoff, totally impossible. You need big equipment, only some big operation will be able to do it. Experts by the score must be involved.
Shed reborn from the ashes. Torn down, dragged up the hill, expanded. Used local sawn oak to replace parts, retrim it out in new pants. Old oak a nail gun could not come close to driving a nail thru it. Shame I just had the vision thing and did not fully understand it could not be done at all.
Didn't even have all the parts, just using the vision thing as the guide, trusting to the force.
If you want the very nice features in any house, especially a new one, must figure out how to get the materials. Getting the wood off your own property is one prime way. I got local hickory from a dudes barn left there long ago. Paid nada. This stuff would run many dollars a foot if you can find it. Made all sorts of things for the shack. Like in the bath. Things you normally will never get in a cheap standard shack.
Bath access panel
Bath tile strip. Nothing was specified out of some fancy catalog. Always trust in the Force and the Vision Thing.
I needed lights for the living room. Used the scraps left over from the shed trim in oak, covered with hickory laminations. Built four wall sconces for squat. Recycled a ceiling fan light kit, bought the glass shades. You must have the vision thing in many cases. Everything does not have to cost a fortune. Each corner of the living room got one. Trust in the Force, everything can happen.
Towel Bar. Always use every scrap.
Never throw away timber until you fully understand what you got. Never assume it can not be used in very creative ways, saving a fortune along the way and making many other projects possible. In addition it starts the chain to give that particular house a "Story and History" that no other fancy house ever will have. Throwing lots of money at the wall might buy another trash modern house, it will never buy one with a character all its own with a story that will only get better the more it is told.
Years down the road, it will be great grandpa cut this wood in his bare feet in two foot deep snow with a dull handwaw missing teeth just because the trees were there. He had vision and could see the future when the last tree was gone, now they only build houses out of recycled cardboard.
Always have the vision thing, trust the Force and go with the flow. The experts only order crap out of catalogs with dull numbers like SP#X-1004B.
They also tell you how many years they have in the business and you can not tell one ho-hum shack from the next. If everybody only knew the story behind how they got created and what really is in them.
Trees from a very small patch can be turned into the cream that will make the house special. You do need to first evaluate what is there, then develop a method and madness to make it happen. Is not that difficult. Plenty of folks around to help out in NH. Lots of dudes operating out of their basement with portable mills. They have seen it all before.
Basically one thing I particularly key on when going out to look at land. Does it have any standing timber and exactly what species and can I turn it into the wood for the next shack. You never know can get very lucky if somebody else does not think the same. A few thousand square feet of land can be enough. I could have built another shack with the trees I cut down in the last old place and that was only 4700 square foot lot. Shame was some super nice oak. Way too many trees close to the house.
Always think out of the box. Everything is possible if you don't know it can't be done. Always have the "Vision Thing" when you have little else. Those trees behind that shed I plan on turning into more lumber one of these sweet dazes. Ain't the best for sure but will beat anything I buy in the store by miles.