I love that Mel just foraged around on his own land and found the majority of the materials he needed to build a house! I guess that's what people used to do all the time but the concept seems so foreign to methods of modern construction. Knowing Mel, like I think I do, I bet there's a story about where the windows came from and I'd imagine that he scavenged the materials for that second floor addition that he never finished as well.
I imagine the Mel and Ann were very happy here when the place still had a roof!
Also fascinating to me, if you can make them out in the photo, are the stone shelves that Mel built into the wall. I'd bet that this was a pretty cool house in it's day.
This just makes me want to go out and gather stones! I'm pretty sure, however, that after picking up fewer than a dozen stones, my enthusiasm would wane. More kuddos to Mel who actually followed through with a big job!