Affordable DIY Cabins:
Imagine yourself nestling in the lap of nature, just you and the wilderness!! A thought many would love to turn into a possibility, a reality that would bring them closer to their roots. But having all the comforts in the wilderness seems highly improbable?? To every problem there is always a solution, that’s the law of nature and with affordable DIY cabins, you can actually turn this thought into a reality. There are numerous options available to make DIY cabins. From prefab to wooden to modular to portable cabins… the options are endless, just pick one that satiates your DIY hunger.
Here is how you can make affordable DIY cabins right in the heart of the woodlands:
Step 1: Floor Illustration
This is the 12×20 floor plan illustrating where the 4x4s and the floor joists would be located.
Step 2: Drilling and Planting the Posts
- Dig the ground for the posts that need to be put up.
- Plant the 4 posts and the bottom 2×10 stringers.
- Place the upper 2x10x12 and the 2x10x16 upper stringers and nail them in at 7 feet 8 inches respectively
Step 3: Setting the Center Rafter Board
Place the center rafter board which should be over 6 feet to the center. The roof has to be a 5/12 pitch roof making the rafter board at least be 30 inches above the top of the board.
Step 4: Making the Angles for the Top and Bottom of the Rafters
- Using a quick square, put the pivot point on the top of the board and turn the square until the 5 on the line graph lines up with the outside of the board. Draw the line to make the angle.
- Once the first angle has been cut, measure from the tip of your cut down the length of the rafter to get the measurement for the seat cut. Once that is done, put the pivot point on that mark and turn the square until you get the 5/12 angle again. Measure up that angle 2 1/2 inches and draw another line.
- Take the edge of the square and line it up with the 2 1/2 in line and turn the square till the tip is aligned with the edge of the board. Draw that line.
Step 5: Setting the Rafters
- Place the rafters.
- Place the purlins on top of the rafters for roof support. The metal roofing is going to be screwed to it.
- Cut all the tails to 9 inches long and place the steel roofing in such a manner that it is overhanging the roof by 2 inches to support the facia boards.
- Install the roofing.
Step 6: Adding on a 4 Foot Porch
Add a 4-foot porch to the 12×16 to make it a 12×20 total building instead of a 12×12 inside living space.
Step 7: Side Wall and Purlin Illustration
Step 8: Lag Bolting the Outer Joist to the 4×4 Poles
Screw (36) 3×3/8 inch lag bolts to all the outer joists into the 4x4s for stability.
Step 9: Hurricane Studs
Nail in the (20) 13 inch hurricane studs with the 5/12 pitch angle cuts.
Step 10: Floor Joists and Insulation and Floor
- Install the (14) 2x10x12 floor joist.
- Nail the 1×2 furring strips to the inside of the floor joist, just 1 inch below the top of all the joists.
- Place the 1 inch insulation board between each joist, before nailing the floor to the joist.
Step 11: Rough Sawn Lumber for 8 Inch Board and Batten Siding
- Cut the siding boards to 8 foot long.
- Place the boards up on the wall along with the soffit and the facia boards.
Step 12: Studding in the Porch Ceiling
Complete the covering for the porch ceiling, with 16-inch centers and 4 foot long studs.
Step 13: Studding in the Front Wall and Door Frame
place the doors and the font slats.
Step 14: Gable Ends
Attach the batten strips to the gable ends.
Step 15: Finished Cabin Structure
An affordable DIY cabin is ready to use. Stash in your belongings in the cabin and install the basics and your weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of life is complete.