How to build Charming and peaceful tiny cabin

How to build Charming and peaceful tiny cabin

Most log cabin companies charge several hundred thousand dollars to build a log home. A small one-bedroom log cabin with a fireplace often costs over $100,000, while an upscale log cabin can cost over $500,000. Even small, stick-built cabins can cost more than most average people want to pay.

However, there is hope. If you’re not afraid to get a little dirt under your fingernails and a little sweat on your forehead, you might be able to build the cabin in the woods you’ve always wanted without having to give up your spouse, your favorite dog, or the Harley in your garage.

The easiest cabin to build is a simple stick frame cabin with T1-11 siding. It sets up quickly, is cheap and beats camping in a pup tent. This was the route I took. A few years ago I bought a lot on a small river a few hours north of my home. I built a 14-by-14-foot, one-room stick cabin with a loft and a small wood-burning stove for heat. The cabin is not finished on the inside – it’s a work in progress. I have more time than money, so I work at the cabin every fall.

Three friends and I built the cabin in less than two days. I considered building something bigger, but that would have cost more money and required more trips north. Considering the fact that my family only visits the shack in the woods a few times a year, the 200-square-foot is just big enough to be comfortable for a long weekend. To see at night we depend on the soft glow of a Coleman lantern.

We also have a dandy portable toilet, which my wife appreciates. For some, this type of retreat doesn’t sound like fun. For us, it provides protection from the weather, and that’s all we need. Eventually I plan to use an inexpensive chainsaw to cut flat siding to cover the outside of my little cabin. Rustic flat siding does not cost much and will protect the integrity of the building.

If a tiny cabin isn’t your kind of place and you’ve had your heart set on a log home, there are plenty of options that won’t break the bank. I plan to live in a log home at some point and have done a lot of research on the subject. The best way to build a log house on a tight budget is to do the job yourself.

If you don’t know the finer points of timber construction, including saddle necks, drafting and chainsaw work, you can take a timber construction course. Al Anderson of Three Forks, Montana, runs the Montana School of Log Building, where he offers a five-day course that teaches the ins and outs of full-draw log construction—when logs are notched together, the need for chinking is eliminated.

Anderson believes that anyone interested in building a log cabin or home can do so affordably with the help of old-fashioned sweat equity. “I offer a variety of options. Students can take our class and go home to build a cabin. They can also buy a log shell from us, and we ship it to them. They reconstruct it themselves and finish it. Both methods are very cheaper than having someone else build the cabin Learning how to build a log cabin is not as difficult as people think, says Anderson.

There are many types of timber construction courses across the country. The Log Home Builders Association in Washington has a self-paced online course that teaches people how to build a log cabin that doesn’t require neat corners. They crack the cabin, so again no writing needed. Many of its students have built log cabins for $40,000 or less! The association preaches using used windows, building doors from scratch and designing a cabin that is energy efficient.