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rockies
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# Posted: 2 Jan 2019 19:35
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Do you have everything under one roof or do you use accessory buildings for laundry, utilities, etc? Have one or two floors? A loft? Basement? Solar power or grid tied, well or septic? Bought or built your own?

fiftyfifty
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2019 08:21
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16 x 24 main cabin with half loft, 8 x 12 shed for storage and composting toilet, 10 x 16 bunkhouse/guest cabin. Shells built by Owen Christensen (member here on Small Cabin Forum). No plumbing, no electricity.

beachman
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2019 10:50
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20 x 25 with 4 x 12 ft jog on side for kitchen area (so nice to have). 8/12 roof with dormer for loft - about 150 sf, for pretty decent headroom. On-demand water pump with propane heater for shower - works good, hand pump from dug well at sink, solar for about 750WH/day - fantastic! Would advise to build as big as possible to finish later if necessary. I would add another room at back if resources would allow. 12 x 17 boathouse for kayaks, canoes and junk. Camp designed contracted and mostly supplied by us with local builders (very happy with work), boathouse designed and built by me.

Atlincabin
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2019 11:06
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20x24 main cabin with loft storage (no living space, only 3-4' tall); includes small bath & kitchen. Separate outhouse. Separate workshop (12x16), includes washing machine. Also separate guest space ("cabinette") 12 x 16. Completely off-grid with solar power. Water from spring 1 km away, gravity-fed.

Been building/improving on it since 2013.
End of build, 2013
End of build, 2013
E side, 2017
E side, 2017


creeky
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2019 11:13
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10x14 winter bedroom; 8x8 solar shed; 12x24 tractor shed; 8x16 washroom/laundry; all built & designed by me. I like to play.
12x20 great room/kitchen. Amish shed converted by me.

Propane: water heater; 3 direct vent heaters; two pumps (revolution!); 2 kw solar system with 9kwh lithium pack; electric everything including remote access/internet home automation.

Well: installed before arrival. Used to fill cisterns. Runs from generator.

1200 ft gravel road. Installed by self and tractor.

Next is a building down by the creek. Kayak storage and summer kitchen with well screened loafing area.

Septic is composting. Both 5 gallon bucket and clivus muldrum style. Bokashi inoculate keeps it all easier to manage.

hattie
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# Posted: 4 Jan 2019 00:50 - Edited by: hattie
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We live here full time. The part we live in is about 500 sq. feet (one bedroom, one tiny bathroom, kitchen/office, livingroom). Our cabin was built in 1912 as a carpentry shop.

The laundry room is an additional 300 sq. feet that is attached to our cabin (out what used to be the back door). It also houses our pantry, big fridge, upright freezer, clothes closet, cleaning closet and my overhead drying rack. It is also used as a mud room for our boots and coats.

Attached to the laundry room is a greenhouse and under that is a small cold cellar for preserves/potatoes, etc.

We have a 2 car garage/shop and a small shed/well house. We also have storage in the crawlspace under the cabin (for storing Christmas decorations and suitcases, etc.).

We have a septic field and are on a well. We are on the grid as solar isn't practical for this area. Everything is on one level except the cold cellar.

We heat with electric baseboards as there is no gas out here and insurance won't allow a woodstove (because we also have a Motel attached to our place).

Cowracer
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# Posted: 4 Jan 2019 09:22 - Edited by: Cowracer
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16 x 16 main floor

16 X 20 upstairs



As we can't have a well, we have no running water. No bathroom as such (we have a "indoor outhouse" with a Thetford camping toilet for night use) and we have a 'galley' more than an actual kitchen.

I built an 8 x 4 lean-to on the side for storing things like shovels, lawnmower, chairs etc out of site of thieving eyes.

under construction

An outdoor shower is going in at some point.

Tim

MikeOnBear
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# Posted: 4 Jan 2019 14:49
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20 x 24 main floor
10 x 10 sleeping loft
10 x 24 porch on one side

Building myself. With the exception of putting the metal on the roof, my Dad and myself (and an occasional 3rd hand from other family) have done 100% of the work. We have done electrical, piers, beams, framing,... Still have to finish the siding on the ends, the inside walls, and plumbing.


I will hire the septic and someone to spray closed cell foam in rafters (or I may do the spraying myself).


I have asked a lot of questions of folks and watched a lot of You Tube!
It's not leaning, tilted camera
It's not leaning, tilted camera
Before siding on
Before siding on


Fanman
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# Posted: 4 Jan 2019 18:16 - Edited by: Fanman
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Ours is a 24x36 footprint, including the 24x8 screen porch on one end and a 6x10 unenclosed overhang on one corner of the other end where the laundry machines are. In the winter when the pipes are drained the laundry area becomes the woodshed so I don't have to go out in the rain or snow. Water supply, gray water system, and electricity provided by the park (our community is a weird grandfathered deal), shared outhouse out back (along with a composting toilet inside the cabin that only my wife uses).
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bugs
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# Posted: 8 Jan 2019 16:27
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Ummm ours is tiny.... 8x12 six inch walls so 77 sq ft inside. We have a 8x6 ft porch. 8x8 cook shelter. 20ft sea can for storage. No running water. Solar electricity. Composting toilet. We use it weekends from Apr to Oct and for day trip snowshoeing in the winter. Rustic/rough compared to the others listed but we enjoy it.
shack
shack


frankpaige
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# Posted: 8 Jan 2019 18:32
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bugs
You might call it a shack? But, it's your shack.
"But, we enjoy it"
All that matters

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 10 Jan 2019 11:30
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16’x24’ . 4’ wide deck on both levels. We used 3 sided logs and went up 10’ on the sides. Full second floor. Half will be my beautiful wife and my bedroom the other half everyone else’s. With the extra couple feet of height on the sides really made a difference upstairs. With a 12/12 pitch the headroom is over 11’.
Love the snow
Love the snow
Upstairs
Upstairs
Lower level front
Lower level front
Lower level back
Lower level back


KelVarnsen
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# Posted: 10 Jan 2019 11:49
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20'x20'. Single floor, 1 bedroom, kitchen and living room. Attached deck is almost as large as the cottage, but needs a rebuild. We are 3 & 1/2 years into a major rebuild of the original 1960s cabin. I love it more every trip.
Exterior
Exterior
Main Room
Main Room
Main Room (2)
Main Room (2)
Kitchen
Kitchen


Janemarie
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# Posted: 18 Jan 2019 23:48
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My cabin, 5 weeks new to me, was built 15 years ago. 16 x 28 (I think) with a sleeping loft and big overhang front porch. I love looking at everyone's pictures!

Janemarie
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# Posted: 18 Jan 2019 23:52
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My cabin, 5 weeks new to me, was built 15 years ago. 16 x 28 (I think) with a sleeping loft and big overhang front porch. There is a small Amish built shed that is currently a toolshed, could be made into a sleeping cabin perhaps, but probably not worth it. I plan to add a platform outside and put up a seasonal straight wall tent with cots for extra guests. I love looking at everyone's pictures!

fiftyfifty
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# Posted: 19 Jan 2019 09:38
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Straight wall tents are so much fun. I love how they let the light in. I thought about doing the same, but I just don't think they are bug-proof enough. There are so many bugs where we are.

woodspirit
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# Posted: 19 Jan 2019 12:19
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bought it in the fall. it's 14x18 with a loft. no water, septic, or grid. Only a Honda generator. a 12x12 shed and an outhouse. I want to put a 10x18 addition on it, add a woodstove, some batteries with Invertor, an underground gravity water system and propane hot water for showers, dishes etc.
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fiftyfifty
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# Posted: 19 Jan 2019 12:25
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Great deck you have there, woodspirit.

woodspirit
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# Posted: 19 Jan 2019 12:43
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these are sliding wood doors. it's got a ten foot sliding glass doors behind

woodspirit
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# Posted: 19 Jan 2019 12:46
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sliding doors on barn track
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woodspirit
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# Posted: 19 Jan 2019 12:51
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it came fully furnished. She left me a lawn cart, mower with bagger, string trimmer. Nice stainless steel cookware, Coleman stove, lots of lanterns, a Zodi showera honda generator etc
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