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Great Outdoors
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# Posted: 20 May 2018 00:43 - Edited by: Great Outdoors
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Well, we are finally going to build a small cabin on our 88 acre wooded lot. The Two acres of road frontage are open and I plan on building inside the edge of the wood line. I have wanted a cabin forever and finally decided now was the time as we are not getting any younger. I have been working on clearing the lot the last week or so and the guy digging the basement dropped off the excavator yesterday with the intention of starting to dig on Monday. It is on a slope with ledge here and there so who knows how that is going to go. It is going to be 24 x 26 with a full loft and hopefully a walkout basement. I designed the plans myself and had a lot of fun doing it. There were multiple changes along the way but in the end I think I made the most of my limited available space. The goal was to have a decent size living/kitchen area with a nice stone veneer high efficiency fireplace as the focal point. The cabin will have an 8 x 26 covered porch on the front made out of 8 and 10 inch douglas fir. The roof is going to be a 12/12 pitch standing seam. It will be a long process as I plan on doing most of the work myself. I will have help with the framing and hopefully some siding, the roof and foundation will be contracted out. I will post pictures of the plans and progress as I have time. Wish me luck!!
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Great Outdoors
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# Posted: 20 May 2018 09:19
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Here are a few pictures of the site after I cleared the trees.
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lburners
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# Posted: 22 May 2018 08:21
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Good luck. Im up here in the Green Mountains as well. Look forward to some updates.

Great Outdoors
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# Posted: 26 May 2018 15:50
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Well we didn't hit any ledge which I can't believe. The main hole is dug now we just have to decide how long the frost wall has to be for the walk out on the left end. It has been a long week with a lot of shuffling of dirt around, digging into a side hill is a pain.
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Great Outdoors
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# Posted: 26 May 2018 15:58
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Close ups of the hole.
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Rys
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# Posted: 27 May 2018 15:37
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Looks like a good start!

rockies
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# Posted: 27 May 2018 19:43 - Edited by: rockies
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Uh-oh, here comes the architect.....

I like your plan. A few minor quibbles (and observations). What is the little room to the left of the front door?

You seem to be designing a very symmetrical cabin. The windows are evenly spaced on either side of the front door (which is the best method for creating a nice facade) but I would also consider making all the other openings symmetrical across their facades as well. The windows in the loft especially should be exactly centered under the ridge beam (they may be but your elevation shows differently).

I don't think you have enough depth between the front door and the bottom of the staircase. If you move the wall between that small front room and the bedroom back so that it's centered under the ridge beam you'll pull the staircase back just enough (and have the wall centered under the point load from the ridge beam too).

The bedroom door swing should be reversed to open up against the storage door under the stairs, and you'll save a lot of space if the 2nd exterior door on the right is an outswing rather than an inswing.

My last concern has to do with the height from the deck surface to the underside of the porch roof beam. It looks too low, and gives the cabin a bit of a "hangdog" look. You might consider raising the porch roof about 8-12 inches and adding skylights in front of the paired windows (a porch is one of the few places where the addition of a skylight doesn't result in a loss of indoor heat).

One further thing (and it's just an idea). If that small room is a mudroom you might consider switching the front door with the far left window so you come right in to the mudroom and then shift the small porch gable down to the end in front of the door. If that room is a bathroom then you can leave it the way it is.

All in all, an excellent plan.

Great Outdoors
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# Posted: 2 Jun 2018 07:06
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Hello rockies and thank you for your input as it is appreciated.

The small room to the left of the front door will be the bathroom and that is a closet between it and the stairway.

I had to place one of the loft windows off center due to the fact that my stove pipe would have to pass in front of the window if it were centered ( the stove pipe really can't be moved due to my future plans for the high efficiency fireplace and hearth/wood storage). I may try to put a 22 degree in the pipe which would allow me to center it however.

In regards to the clearance between the front door and the stairway I will make certain there will be enough when it comes time to actually start the construction.

I will take your advice in regards to the bedroom door swing and will reverse it so that it opens up against the storage door under the stairs.

I plan on keeping both of the exterior doors outswings due to the large amount of snow and wind we get which could block the doors with snow drifts which would make entering and exiting difficult.

Your last concern regarding the height from the deck surface to the underside of the porch roof beam is spot on. My diagram is off as I will have 9 foot ceilings both on the first floor and the porch.

I will post some more pictures of the interior details when I get a chance. The basement hole is dug as well as the hole for the walkout frost wall. They should pour the foundation within a week or so.

Thanks again for your input!

rockies
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# Posted: 2 Jun 2018 18:20 - Edited by: rockies
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Hello. In further considering your plans I'm guessing that the kitchen counters will run along the upper right main room exterior wall (north?) and along the right (east) wall with a dining table and chairs in the open area between the two legs of the counters?

If so then the wall between the main room and the bedroom is kind of useless. You may put a piece of furniture up against it in the main room but you'd probably wind up blocking access to the fridge (?) in the upper left corner.

One trick would be to put a "jog" in that wall for a built-in dish and pantry storage. Measure out from the corner where the bedroom wall meets the exterior north wall about three feet and then jog the wall 12" into the bedroom and create space for built-in pantry/dish storage shelving. Take the built-in area almost up to the frame of the bedroom door (maybe 5').

The "jog" in the main room will also create a 12" deep jog in the bedroom (in the upper right corner) which can also be a built-in bookcase next to the bed (maybe 3' wide). Now you will have created a ton of extra storage space in a very narrow area.

For example, by adding a 1' deep built-in that is a total of 8' long (3' in the bedroom and 5' in the main room) a single shelf will provide 8 square feet of storage space. Multiply that be 7 shelves and you've created 56 sq' of storage along what was once a blank wall.

You may also consider adding some built-in drawers under the lower section of the stairs (where the headroom is too low to really access from the bedroom) that open out into the main room.

Great Outdoors
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# Posted: 12 Jun 2018 03:46
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Thanks again for the comments and advice. Rockies, the future kitchen counter and cabinets will be alone the upper wall.

The wall to the right will have the high efficiency fireplace, wood storage, TV component storage and television.

The wall between the bedroom and main room will have some built in storage cabinets (most likely 1 foot deep like you suggested) and maybe a fold down shelf/counter.

I like the idea of built in drawers under the stairs but I purposely made a solid wall there to hang our deer, bear, and geese mounts on. Also there is a set of stairs leading down to the walkout basement under them so I don't think the drawers could work.

I have more pictures to add, some of which detail the interior better. I will try to post some more this week since the footings for the basement walls were poured yesterday and the walls will hopefully be poured today. Keep the comments and advice coming, it is appreciated as I am sure I am missing other things. Just yesterday my brother brought it to my attention that my main floor carrying beam would not have any support on one end due to the walkout... that caused a momentary panic.. A quick call to the material salesman and my dad resulted in flipping the carrying beam location and changing the floor joists from 2x10 to 2x12's to support the new longer span.. I am way over budget and probably won't get much done inside this year unfortunately.

Great Outdoors
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# Posted: 14 Jun 2018 12:20
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The walls are poured and hopefully we will start working on the drainage and backfilling everything next week.
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Great Outdoors
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# Posted: 19 Jun 2018 23:05
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Well I got the walls tarred the other day, need to get the foam insulation board on the outside and then work on the drainage and backfill.. still need them to come pour the floor and I just got the call that my roof trusses will be delivered on the 27th and I am not even close to being ready for them. I will have a nice place leveled out to store them until I can get them up. Too much to do all at once which is what I was afraid would happen, wish me luck.

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