If the cost of materials and labour have deterred you from building your dream home, there might be another option. Your typical house of cards usually stands no larger than a living room coffee table. But with this simple online calculator, you can determine how many decks you'd need to build a home suitable for your family to move into.
It turns out a modest 2000-square foot two story dwelling would require 7343 decks of cards to build. Definitely a lot, but the total cost would be just under a reasonable $30,000. You wouldn't have running water or heat, and the first light breeze would bring your dream crashing to the ground. But imagine the quality time you'd be able to spend with your family as you rebuild it two or three times a day. You can't put a pricetag on that.