Cement panels painted a plum hue clad Jason Gordon’s 1,157-square-foot cabin in the Ozark Mountains. Architect German Brun and partner Lizmarie Esparza originally specified wood, but opted for the much less expensive material from James Hardie after contractor Damian Fitzpatrick recommended it. “It was an exercise in cost engineering,” Brun says.  Photo 1 of 6 in How to Build an Off-the-Grid Cabin in Arkansas for just over $118,000
Vermont slate covers the area around the True North wood stove.  Wide-plank Yanachi Carbonized Strand Woven Bamboo covers the floors.  Photo 3 of 6 in How to Build an Off-the-Grid Cabin in Arkansas for just over $118,000
To keep costs down elsewhere (the house was built for just over $118,000), architect Brun and his partner Lizmarie Esparza specified Ikea kitchen cabinets and a black refrigerator, which is less expensive than stainless steel. "It was really important that the kitchen opened up to the outside deck. Its designed in an L-shape with an indoor-outdoor table," Brun says. "The idea is that when you open the door, there's a continuous environment connecting the inside with the outside—it's as open as possible." Gordon purchased the hand-crafted solid teak antique table from Indonesia.  Photo 2 of 6 in How to Build an Off-the-Grid Cabin in Arkansas for just over $118,000
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