A Couple Build a Cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains for $150K—Without Borrowing a Cent

To avoid taking on a loan, Remo Kommnick and Emi Moore rolled up their sleeves and DIYed as much as they could.

After staying in a tree house listed on Airbnb, Remo Kommnick, a product manager for a software company, and Emi Moore, owner of the homeware e-tailer Casa Shop, wanted their own getaway in the woods. "It was amazing being up in the trees," Remo says, "and so I bought a lot and thought I’d build a tree house."

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