Recently, I've been contemplating buying some land on Casper Mountain. While the land is reasonably priced, the cost of building any sort of abode can get pretty daunting - and that's the hang-up for me.

Should I buy the land now, and hope that someday I can afford to construct a summer home, or should I just hold off until I'm too old to be able to enjoy it?

I've been going back and forth on this for a while now, but this video has given me new hope. This guy has built a solar and wind powered cabin for $2,000, and he was kind enough to give instructions on how to make your very own home-away-from-home.

Obviously, you would need some carpentry experience - and a few friends who are willing to spend some time helping you - but building something like this would give a sense of accomplishment, a slick pad to hang our hat when you want to get away, and a chance to be off the grid completely when you choose to. I'm thinking I may become a land owner soon...