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.
Step 2: Drilling and planting the posts
1st picture: shows my ford tractor and my neighbors post hole digger he let me borrow.
2nd picture: shows the posts planted and the bottom 2x10 stringers.
3rd & 4th pictures: show the upper 2x10x12 and the 2x10x16 upper stringers being nailed in at 7 feet 8 inches.
Step 3: Setting the center rafter board
This picture shows the center rafter board. I measured over 6 feet to the center. The roof is going to be a 5/12 pitch roof so the rafter board had to be 30 inches to the top of the board.