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Hi everybody. This is my first instructable and I hope I do this fine establishment proud. I have acreage of mixed forest with a large quantity of cedar at the south side. I had to take quite a few trees down as they were becoming a problem on the trail. I couldn't bear to waste them as they were straight and solid so I decided to build a little hunters/trappers get away.

Step 1: Location and floor

I chose a spot near the creek in a field where many deer come. I used pressure treat 4x4s cemented 4 feet deep in the ground as a foundation. I then used 2x10s to build the joists to be covered by the floor. The dimensions are 10 feet by 12 feet. Once covered with 3/4 inch flooring.

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<p>Thank you for responding to both my questions in your previous response-critters and moisture. After four years or so how is the critter count? I love your cabin!</p>
I'm wondering if filling the floor joists with cement would make the structure more solid, warm, and keep critters from getting inside?
<p>Solid yes, secure from critters, absolutely. However, when you remove the airspace under the floor you decrease the insulating ability of the open space under the floor. Cement/concrete get cold and stay cold for an extremely long period of time. The Ideal method would be to lay a properly footed slab just as you would use for a garage and then build the floor as described on that, and fill the space between the concrete and the floor surface with Insulating Styrofoam placed on top of a vapor barrier to prevent condensation and resulting mold growth (an additional vapor barrier on top of the foam is a wise idea if the building is not climate controlled year round, as moisture can condense from the inside of the building as well)</p>
Yes I wouldn't fill it to the top with cement so insulation could be placed before laying the plywood flooring down. Thanks for your response! It was helpful! ?
<p>This was beautifully executed and a big inspiration. Going to forward to my 27 year old son who has just this week discovered the Laurentians, and it was love at first site. Your log cabin retreat would certainly fit into that idyllic landscape. Thanks so much!</p>
<p>You coud&acute;ve probably used moss for chinking, then push some mud into it for better insulation. It's what's used traditionally in some parts of the world for similar purposes.</p>
Why wouldn't you fill the bottom floor with cement before putting the plywood down to make the floor? Wouldn't that make the structure more sound, warm, and keep critters from crawling inside?
<p>More solid possibly - but more solid beyond solid enough is just waste, from an engineer&acute;s point of view. More warm definitely not - air is quite a good thermal insulator, whereas concrete is not.</p><p>He could have filled the voids with dry pine/fir tree needles, if there are pine/fir trees in the neighborhood. Those needles are filled with resin, critters don't eat them and they rot away extremely slowly.</p>
<p> I am considering some solar panels so thanks for the info. As for the floor, puring a floating pad in cement like that of a garage would be an expense as well as the labor required to put in proper footings. Given that it is in one of my fields, just getting the cement there would be an adventure itself. I havent had any problem with critters as of yet except for one rogue garter snake that came for a visit when I had the door open.</p>
<p>A pair of the 45 watt (90 watt total) solar panel kits fro, Harbor Freight would make a cost effective solar set up, utilizing both sides the roof. Another addition you can make is a wind turbine made from a Ceiling Fan Mounted Flat and using cone shaped &quot;blades&quot; to catch the wind, as an adjunct to the panels, wont require any type of pivot since it will function with wind from 360 degrees due to the flat ( horizontal) mounting. You can mount the solar power controller and batteries in a Plastic garden type storage cabinet, outside the building. (the wind turbine can feed the solar charge controller, and you will only need one controller for both kits and the wind turbine) I'd also add functional shutters to the windows for when you are not there</p>
<p>Nice work. I would like to see what this looks like inside!</p>
<p>wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>I love the idea of using roof trusses. They truly make the cabin feel for me. I'm sure they also help keep the roof more stabilized The roof sheeting looks really nice too. I would like to see a picture of the final product if you can share it!</p><p> &lt;a href='http://www.wadsworthtrussesframes.com.au/trusses-and-frames' &gt;</p><p>http://www.wadsworthtrussesframes.com.au/joinery&lt;/a&gt;</p>
<p>add 2 small solar panels going to a charge controller to 2 sla(s) batteries an a small inverter. to have basic lights.</p>
<p>The solar panel idea is a good one. I was going to do that for my cabin, but it was too far into the woods to economically transfer the power from the panels to the cabin. I would have had to use 00 size cable to prevent a voltage drop. One other option is, if you didn't want to use an inverter for lights, they make a 12 volt AC/DC LED Edison 26 standard screw in bulb that puts out light equivalent to a 50 watt incandescent, but the LED bulb only uses 7 watts. Just buy off the shelf 120 VAC light fixtures and wire them up to your 12VDC system and screw in the 12 LED bulbs.</p>
<p>The solar panel idea is great! I will definitely look into that. Thanks</p>
<p> Hi everyone. Sorry for not getting back sooner. I will post some interior picks soon. A rough estimate of cost is about $1000. I spent $408 on the steel roof, $130 for floor (sheeting, wood, cement), $180 on chinking, $70 on wood screws (4 inch) and $100 on incidentals like paint. Of course I probably missed a few items. Thank you so much for the thoughtful comments.</p>
<p>every time you go there you'll remember him, that's good memories my friend!</p>
Can you give a rough estimate on total cost of the build?
<p>It's so cute! Can you post picrues from inside?</p>
Nice job! I helped my brother build his log home a number of years ago. Lots of work, but awesome to look at when yoi are done!!

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