Kiyoko Fujimura

Buzzbuzzhome Corp.
October 4, 2010

The saying “They don’t build ’em like they used to” is lost on Jon Pobst of Wenatchee, Wisconsin. He’s set out to build a house with a life expectancy of 500 years. WOW!

He comes from a family dedicated to construction; both his father and his grandfather were loggers and road construction workers in the area.

According to heraldnet.com:

The house follows what’s known as a timber-frame design, using huge wood timbers to support the roof and walls. Pobst is using intricate wood joinery to put the frame together, an old-world process more common in boat building or cabinetry than house building today….All the wood for the two-story, three-bedroom house, except exterior plywood, was milled last year from 28 Douglas fir trees cute from the 27-acre property three years ago.


Cool! In a world where only the price of the wood matters to determine where to purchase from, Pobst is really taking a traditional “homestead” approach, mixed with a bit of boat-building influence.

Pobst is a seasoned boat-builder, and the techniques used in building the home show it. And it sounds tedious. According to heraldnet.com:

Every piece of wood had to be scribed and cut individually to fit together with the next piece.


Sounds like a lot of work to me! I wonder if he could have built 10 homes that would last fifty years in the same amount of time? I guess that’s really not the point.

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