Building your own home or even your own furniture can be daunting, especially if you have little experience with power tools, and no foggy idea on selecting materials and how to put them together. But free plans — and a bit of positive advice — can be a real godsend for newbies.
Alaskan blogger, stay-at-home mom and self-taught carpenter Ana White, who’s best known for her DIY blog that offers free plans for building furniture, created this lovely tiny home in a remote part of Alaska with her husband, Jacob. Nicknamed Quartz, the home has some interesting design features, all of which can be built by anyone using the free plans. Check out Ana’s video tour.
Ana’s story of how she started got building stuff herself is pretty inspirational. A few years ago, Ana began her journey into DIY by helping her husband build their home. “Out of simple necessity” (these are the remote parts of Alaska after all) that then expanded into building her first pieces of furniture, then starting a blog about her efforts, inspiring others to create their own furniture pieces and garnering a large online following in the years since. The blog, which has more than a thousand DIY projects, has since grown to the point that Ana can support her family with it, helping her publish a book and even land a pilot show on television. But humbly, Ana insists on keeping her plans free for a simple reason:
I needed to be able to provide plans for free so women could look at it and it would create confidence in them that ‘I can build this’. I knew that for me, as a mom with a single income, a really limited income, at home all day, it needed to be free because I myself couldn’t have afforded to pay $10 a plan.