Came across this page by an amazing young women who built her own house. She started the project back when she was just seventeen years old, with help from her carpenter dad and a few friends. She did the bulk of the planning and building on her own. Her site includes some great step-by-step photos and a journal of the project. Worth a look at http://www.homestead.com/peaceandcarrots/HeathersHouse.html. She also has a more recently updated blog about her adventures in general at http://royalepain.blogspot.com.