Family plays outside with dog in snow with forest and gable-roofed, light-stained wood-clad house in background.

Budget Breakdown: A Maine Family Build Their First Home With $500K—and Plenty of Helping Hands

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Josh and Natalie Pritchard’s residence in the woods of New Gloucester, Maine, consists of two parallel gable structures connected by a breezeway. The taller building is the home, and the shorter is a two-car garage with an in-law apartment. The Pritchard children call the wetlands behind the house "fairy land."