One way to save money and reduce your impact on the environment is to use unmilled roundwood when building your home. Wood in the round is much stronger than standard dimension lumber and requires less processing. In our case it enables us to use local, sustainably grown wood instead of wood shipped hundreds of miles. Plus, because we’re using eucalyptus wood our roundwood is fairly durable and insect resistant. Using roundwood does take a bit of extra work, but I feel the benefits make it well worthwhile.
We use roundwood for many purposes, including corner braces to keep window and door bucks square, braces to prevent bowing of frames, long poles to keep window and door bucks plumb, stakes and even nailers for attaching electrical junction boxes, shelving, etc.