Back in the 1920s, Buster Keaton was known for making and starring in many silent movies. His classic called One Week pays homage to small kit houses and shows what happens when you are unprepared to build one.
Buster Keaton and Sybil Seely gamely get to work, creating a house that’s a beautiful mess. Look at the ill-fitting roof, windows and porch construction. On the side of the house, notice the second-floor door leading to open air.
In another twist, the couple discovers they built on the wrong property. Now the home must be relocated to their own land. Unfortunately, this relocation ends in disaster and the home is reduced to rubble.
Some house lessons learned: Understand your limits. Get good plans. Know the materials used. Build on land you own. Find a builder. Beware of hurricanes. Same for trains.