The house was built near the top of Westnedge Hill. The lot, materials and labor were either donated by local people, or were "charged," the cost to be recovered later when the house was sold. The house measures 22 x 29 and stands one and a half stories. The original cost, exclusive of the lot, was $7,249.51. This figure included many optional features, such as a basement, oak floors, brick fireplace, water softener and electric fixtures. Crane promoted her home as a little house for everyman, and felt that it could be built in most parts of the country--minus the extras--for around $5,000.
Caroline Bartlett Crane felt very strongly about her design and wrote a book, entitled Everyman's House, hoping to reach a greater audience with her new style of architecture. The book never sold well, but for one year the house received attention from all over the world. Over 20,000 visitors toured the little house when it was first opened to the public, and Herbert Hoover, then Secretary of the Commerce Department, and president of "Better Homes in America," praised the home for "reaching the mass of the people." Even President Calvin Coolidge publicly described it as having "outstanding merit."