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Building a cabin yourself is much more economical than buying a prefab storage shed. The cost of materials for this build, including doors and windows, was around $2,200, which was about the same price as the install would have been on one of this large size if I’d purchased it from a hardware store. I know this for a fact because six years ago I bought a 12x16 shed from a well-known company close to where I live and it cost $2,000 for them to build it and drop it off. Today that same building would cost $4,200. With such a big price increase I decided that if I wanted to add a cabin to my property I had to build it myself.

If you decide to do the same, remember to check with your local authorities to make sure you don’t need a permit. It’s not likely that it’s required for a building of this size, but you never know.

If you would like to see the finished inside of the cabin please click here: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-finish-the-inside-of-a-12-x-20-cabin-on-a-b/.

If you would like to see the matching modern outhouse please check this out: http://www.instructables.com/id/modern-outhouse/.

Step 1: Floor Illustration

Here is the 12x20 floor plan showing where the 4x4s and the floor joists would be located.

<p>Could you supply me with the supply list you used to build this?</p><p>mossoh4553@gmail.com </p><p>Thanks</p>
This is just begging for a cement block bunker under it! Or two - one that is obvious and one that is hidden - who would ever guess the second one was there!?!? Wouldn't hurt to have a sump pump with ejector pump, couple solar panels, couple propane tanks and heater plus a high efficiency wood burning stove. <br><br>I've always been curious how building a cabin like this with cement board walls on inside and outside with metal studs would do to keep in heat and add some serious fire protection!
<p>Without any vertical support for the ridge beam ... you put 1 foot of snow on that roof ... and you will be wearing that roof.</p>
<p>well i live in upstate ny 6 foot and no problems yet been 6 years now.andthere is truss supports tied into the ceiling ..</p>
<p>bit late comment pal. but really like the cabin. I live in the uk and build cabins/sheds/garages here surrounded by building regs supervised by kids fresh out of college don't know shxt except what they get taught. no hands on experience. your lucky to be able to build your own. might look at moving somewhere same </p>
<p>Hi Tony, how much wold you say a shed like this would cost to build here in the UK? Just the materials. Thank you :-) </p>
<p>THEN DON'T PUT IT IN COLD PLACES!</p>
<p>love the cabin I'm about to purchase 5 acres in Colorado and would love any ideas on what and how I should build, now I can build anything I want and how I want. Don't have much money and I would be doing the work well me, wife and kids. Any advise will be greatly appreciated you can also email with advice pinchibarquillo@gmail.com </p>
<p>ooops forgot our email pal.</p><p><a href="mailto:britanniaprecast@ymail.com" rel="nofollow">britanniaprecast@ymail.com</a> happy to help anybody interested.</p>
<p>Hi Johnny</p><p>we build cabin/sheds/garages here in the uk. using a patented block which doesn't require a builder would be interested in what costs you guys expect to pay for a good size cabin or shed/work shop maybe we could you guys build something</p><p>Regards</p><p>Tony</p>
<p>Hello everybody! I have this crazy plan that I would love to make happen but im not sure about le legality of it and I wish someone could help me out a bit.. I'm from Quebec, Canada and I would love to build a small little cabin like the one ''timhinerman'' did. And I often go to this beautiful and awesome place deep in the woods with my wife and we usually camp on the spot with our tent and have no problems at all. I know that we are not on private land so, I would like to know if it would be illegal to build a tiny cabin made out of recycled wood, windows and door so that we could have our secret peaceful place to visit one in a while !?<br><br>I know it sounds crazy but thanks in advance ! :) </p>
<p>I had to purchase crown property in the 1950's at a cost of $18,000 and I am First Nations aboriginal and the said crown land was on aboriginal land. I also had to pay to have it registered and paid land taxes. Putting a stick or stone on land for ownership went out in the 1700's despite news reports to the contrary. You mite get a $10,000 fine and have to tear it down. Try to get it registered and see what happens. They may direct you to real estate You may have to pay to buy it and maybe it won't be that bad. You could build out of recycled wood as long as it looks respectable and not close to neighbours or highways. You would also have to build a sewer (not hard) if you live there year round. Usually, you can pay someone to drill, they push down plumbing pipes and the pressure of the water will come up if you are close to water. Otherwise, you could build low land, pipe the water from a hill, ditch or well, and gravity would bring it down but frost would be a problem. You could weave pipe behind a stovepipe and have hot water or have an inside trench to pump up to a shower. Whatever you build has to be to code and sturdy. If you get property to go the dump. Houses are being torn down all the time and the wood is good...even brick. </p>
<p>If you own it, and there are no covenants for the location, then you can build whatever you like, however you like. :)</p>
<p>I would have built the back wall shot of 9.5 inches high in height so I could have a small bed above a table and slope down the front to 8ft. I can't tell if the base is raised but in Canada one is suppose to have it on cement to keep out mice. Bush country may not be as restrictive. The poles holding up the roof also have to be cemented in.With a small cab like this it wouldn't take much to take off the snow. If it is hurricane country, one mite add copper pipes in a section. It seems that washrooms are never completely demolished due to the copper pipes. One could add a room under the floor to jump into in an emergency but it would have to be in a dry area or made with cement blocks. Thanks for sharing, iris having the back wall taller would mean, in time one could build the other way for expansion.</p>
<p>would love to try this.</p>
<p>Good one!</p>
<p>Love the building, is there any way I can get the list of supplies and building blue prints. fhlail@gmail.com</p>
<p>Nail the 2X10 to the 4X4 on both sides prior to placing in the holes</p>
<p>williama11@comcast.net</p>
<p>Hi there do you think you could email me a full supplies listI am going to try and build one of my own and want to know what to buy?</p>
<p>Excellent craftsmanship ! Great tutorial too ! </p>
<p>thank you </p>
<p>Lovely building, NICE craftsmenship! </p>
<p>thank you very much </p>
<p>I enjoyed this article. Looks like you have a nice comfortable retreat. I recently built a 16x16 cabin in my backyard that I've grown pretty fond of. I just started putting up some pictures online if anyone is interested in seeing how I built mine.</p>
<p>I love your cabin! Do you still have the plans or can you tell me where I can get the plans? I am seriously considering building this as my hunting club cabin. </p><p>Thank You H Lawrence whatsyour911@aol.com</p>
<p>what is the exterior wood you used and where can you get it?</p>
<p>I would also love it if you have a website or something that you posted. Do you have a link?</p>
<p>I really like that one do you still have the plans for that cabin? I love the pitch on the roof and the shaded area you have it in and that would allow it to stay cool</p>
<p>You have done a great job also,I like the shade,bet it helps keep your cabin nice and cool.</p>
thank you very much! The shade definitely helps a ton. I only have to cool the cabin with a small window a/c on super hot days
How can I get plans and materials list?
<p>Thanks for the great pics and detailed explanation. Was the purpose of the frame around the support post in the 1st pictures to help with making it square? </p>
Don't try building this in New Zealand! It does not comply with the Building Code and you also risk a substantial fine if it is constructed without a Building Consent.
<p>Technically you could build it in NZ if it was less than 10sqm and not connected to the ground (classed as mobile building). However in saying that, it looks like it would not last well due to the way its built (see reasons below in NZ building code).</p><p>Better to keep the wood well away from the ground, and do the roof right so it doesn't push the walls apart.</p><p>This would also not pass building codes in Canada and most other countries with decent building regs :)</p>
<p>I guess NZ is another place I would never live. Who wants more bureacracy? </p>
What are your building codes ? Why doesnt this work
Greetings, <br> <br>Building in New Zealand is governed by the Building Code and by NZS 3604:2011 (Timber-framed building standard.) <br> <br>This instructable infringes the NZ standard in so many ways that it would not pass initial scrutiny by a Local Authority if a Building Consent application was to be lodged. <br> <br>A few points - <br> <br>1) The joists are too close to the ground, are attached to the boundary &quot;bearer&quot; with nails in shear and have no approved metal hangers. <br>2) Foundations can be either a concrete slab with footings and steel reinforcing to suit the site or piles (set in concrete) which support bearers which in turn support the joists. A &quot;pole&quot; building such as this does not comply. <br>3) Wall framing must be by way of studs (size and spacing to NZS 3604) - a building of this sizs would need guaged 100mm x 50mm studs. Walings fixed to posts to support cladding is not acceptable for a habitable building. The entire floor, walls,roof and cladding on this instructable are supported by coach screws in shear. <br>4) The rafters are not connected be either ceiling joists or collar ties to prevent the walls being forced apart under live roof loads. <br>5) There are no moisture barriers in floor, walls or roof. <br>6) There appears to be no head flashings to the joinery. <br>7) Bracing, under the code, is inadequate for wind and earthquake. <br> <br>I do not suggest that the building causes danger to its occupants - just that the NZ viewer was thinking of building it in their yard and by doing so would cause much trouble for themselves. <br> <br> <br> <br>
Sounds like a head ache for you guys <br>
No - not really. It just means that tried and tested building methods are used -, which perform well in our local conditions. In addition a structure which requires a Building Consent can only be built by a Licensed Building Practitioner (tradesman carpenter).
<p>I'm sure glad I don't live there!</p>
Yikes you mean you cant build it yourself?
That's correct - you can't build yourself. You can assist a Licensed Building Practitioner who oversees your work and who must sign off all the works before a Code of Compliance Certificate is issued at job completion by the Local Authority which issued the Building Consent <br> <br>The idea is to protect subsequent building owners by having property records show that the building was constructed to the Building Code by proper use of the Standard..
<p>Not entirely correct. The same building code states that if the floor area is less than 10 square metres, has no sanitary features (shower, toilet, sink) and built the same distance from the boundary as the building is high, then an unlicensed home owner can construct their own building. As megnwayn has stated, the building has to conform to NZ building standards, and if you want to add electricity and water, then you'll need licensed practioners.</p><p>The building in this constructable has a floor area of about 22.5 sq metres so you would need a builder to oversee and sign off on the construction.</p>
<p>Well I am not a licensed building practitioner here the USA, But I could build this as good or better than a Licensed Practitioner </p>
Jeeez That kinda bad for the consumer trying to same money
<p>I did enough construction in NYC to understand the &quot;why&quot; of building codes, but if I call it a shed does it still need to pass code?</p><p>Additionally what if my house /structure was built before codes existed. </p><p>In the US building codes are up to the state, although there is a national electric code, a very wimpy set of regulations, I don't know if there is a plumbing or general building code.</p><p>One thing is certain, if there is a code and you do not follow it to the letter and it is destroyed by anything, or someone trips and falls, your insurance company WILL take 3 steps back from you in court. If you have a mortgage and the bank finds out they can make you either remove it or get it passed the zoning/building departments of who ever is in loco-parentus of your area.</p><p>Where I am if you build a shed over a certain size you need a permit, to build and pay for all the inspections. A premade MUST comply with the code and will be inspected asd well....And then there are the taxes. Under a certain size (pitifully small), no tax over that size size you will pay for outdoor, non livable structure rate. </p><p>Nice job though, looks like a KOA cabin. I enjoyed it, but would like a close up of the hurricane reinforcement. </p><p>I would add 1 thing to it Solar electric and water panels, if you are in the right part of the US. And you need NOT put them on the roof, you could build an awning for picnicing. I have seen an entire buildings worth of solar panels set on a roof on Long Island about 10 feet high and length of the property. In a storm they sustain no damage. Underneath you can use for parties. Snow can be squeegied off the panels or they can be covered in case of storms. </p>
<p>oops I saw the studs in place I would love a picture pulled back , but it is built! and a lovely build it was!</p>

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