About two years ago, when I lived in Korea, I set up a samurai skirmish game with some of the local gamers. I was to host the game at my place and I needed some Asian style huts for the scenario (quasi-Japanese, but flexible enough to span several periods). Everything online or local was ridiculously expensive. Well I set to work as my wife was out of town and I was bored out of my mind.
The true challenge came with the building of the roofs. I used old chopsticks and built them into a semi Norse/ Japanese design frame roof. Actually the wood glue wouldn't hold so I tied them with dental floss and then glued them. They are not connected to the houses, simply resting on them. This allows you to remove the roof and move characters inside as well.