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Old 09-20-2011, 03:44 PM
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Someday I would like to try and build my own cabin. I don't have property yet, but hope to in the future. I was wondering if you could give me ideas and tips on building a cabin from ground up? What kind of materials to use, etc? I would like a two story cabin with a second floor loft.
Old 09-20-2011, 06:17 PM
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More details are required to give a realistic answer.

What part of the country?
How remote from supplies?
What is your budget?
DIY or contractors?
What do you like?
Availability of utilities?
Vacation property or primary residence?
How much living and storage space do you need?

Until you figure out most of these answers out I would just google cabins and cabin floorplans to see what you like and then cross reference by building techniques in your area.
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If anyone is interested, I have a friend who has to shut his business down due to health. He has 3 log home packages up to 2000 suare foot each for way below cost. They are made of southern yellow pine and are very nice kits.

Contact me through PM if anyone is interested. It is a great oppertunity for anyone looking to build a cabin for themselves.
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if you have a Menards store nearby, check out the building supplies area, they have a 'build your own' kiosk where you can spend entirely too much time designing your own shed/cabin right down to different doors, windows, siding, roof materials etc. When you're done, you can print off drawings and a material list.
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You can go from scratch like this guy




http://youtu.be/iYJKd0rkKss
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There are so many options and soo little time...

Gotta love the old timer in Alaska with the axe.

God bless his soul!
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I'm in the US
I would like the cabin to be in two to five miles into the woods.
My budget would be no more than $5,000.
I would build the cabin myself with some help.
I would like the cabin to be no more than 2000 square feet, two story with second floor loft. I wood like to cut down trees and use that wood for building the cabin. I wouldn't mind a movie theater too.
I also would like a guest cabin, no more than 800 square feet, one story, maybe two story?
Don't know about utilities yet since I don't have property yet.
This would be vacation property.
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2000 sq. feet for 5000 dollars with a movie theater, oh and a guest cabin. You ever built anything? If you can build for 2 dollars a sq. foot I will be amazed.
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There is a couple who built a cabin in Alaska by hand themselves. They documented it well and provide a lot of insight into undertaking such a feat. Their page can be found here:

http://www.alaskaantlerworks.com/Alaska_cabin.htm
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You can go from scratch like this guy




http://youtu.be/iYJKd0rkKss
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If you ever get a chance to see this guys complete documentary, I highly recommend it.. really well done.. It runs on PBS from time to time...
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We built a 16x16 building for my daughter to live in for about $5000. To build 2000 sq ft for that you better be planning on chopping a LOT of trees.
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Look into small garages or sheds. I am working on plans for myself and it will be approx. 18x26. The rough structure is the cheap part, it seems the interior is what will be costing me the most. I am also looking at putting it on a basement.

There is a thread in the DIY section. I think his building was something like 16x40. Check it out, it really looks nice.

http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=165121
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Thanks to eveyone for responding, I love that video.
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The only things I ever built were in my wood shop class years ago.
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Go to Youtube and you can find all kinds of videos on people building cabins, from small ones to as big as you want, I've watched a lot of them.
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This would be incredible if this can be completed for the budget you are proposing..
Please do keep us posted as the methods you are using for construction and planning.
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I think this is a very cool idea (minus the graffiti)! And probably cheap too!

Rooms made from industrial grade concrete tubing at the Cement Pipe Hotel in Ruyang county, Henan province, China...

Picture: Imaginechina/REX




...Each room, designed to accommodate two people, is equipped with a double bed, a bathroom, and a few extra touches like air conditioning and sound proofing. The exteriors of the circular dwellings have even been decorated with some street art to make them look more appealing. The peculiar hotel is proving to be popular with tourists and locals alike as a modest, no-frills getaway.

Picture: Imaginechina/REX

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My mind sometimes goes off in it's own little world and I forget things.

Here is a link to a gentleman by the name of LaMar who built a small cabin, run by solar. I joined his blog years ago. I think you might like this. He also has designs for other types of small cabins.


http://simplesolarhomesteading.com/
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NECROTHREAD!!!!!!


Just the place to repost this.

Despite title, link is work safe.
http://cabinporn.com/#
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NECROTHREAD!!!!!!


Just the place to repost this.

Despite title, link is work safe.
http://cabinporn.com/#
Oh Nomad, Thank You! Loved that Cabin porn.
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