I have just finished my 3rd DIY. 1 Bridge type (that I love but not yet ready to take into the woods) and 2 asym gathered ends. All the plans, directions and advice have come from here ..... thanks to all that contribute.
DIY 1.1oz digital camo ripstop $30
DIY matching bug netting $20
DIY tree huggers $4
5mm cord $3 (found a local supplier and got a great deal)
Misc thread/velcro $10
Synthetic sleeping bag $35 (rated for 5*C)
DIY tarp $60
Total - $237 ($127 if you concider that I already had the sleeping pad and blanket)
Another reason I don't want to really attempt a DIY is the cost, I don't see myself using something I made, I would rather spend a little extra and get a whole new level of quality, plus it is real cold up here in Canada so there is very little real warm camping time. I don't mind the cold (cold on hot nights is a plus for me since I sleep hot) but I was thinking the HH with super shelter would extend my season more than some shifty homemade thing I attempted.
Let's not give the wrong impression here. I was out this weekend (Sept 12) in my hammock (about 4 hours from Ottawa) and had to take my sleeping pad out of the hammock because I was sweating. If the key phrase is "warm camping time" ..... I agree that our season is shorter but I can comfortably camp (in my 3 season ground setup) for 9 months of the year. Not yet tested the hammocks to the exteme ends of our camping seasons, but we are going to push a little each time to find out limits.