This was how much it cost to build our house in 1975-76:
$5,366.00 for the roof, windows, insulation, etc.
Then there were a few additional items, like the milling bill for the oak siding cut by a neighbor, paint, trim, etc that added $361.00.
Total cost: $9,096.00.
This was just for the basic house of course. Over the years we added a bathroom, electricity, a deck and later an even bigger deck, replaced the roof and added new rafters, added the log room and stone fireplace and a few other improvements. But this list is the basic cost of the house when we moved in. The house was 1,092 square feet and we added another 400 with the log room. So cost per square foot was about $8. The log room, added in 2003-2004, cost an additional $5000--prices went up a bit in the intervening 30 years. And the other improvements over the years have added $$$ to the actual cost.
I wish I could describe how it felt to look at this fragile paper all these years later and see my careful tabulations. I wonder if I knew that I would one day share this list with the world at large? I don't remember, but apparently I thought it was worth recording, and worth keeping--as a recipe, perhaps, for how to build a house.