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Cost of Building a Small Cabin / Bill of Materials (BoM)

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How much does it cost to build a small cabin?

This is a frequently asked question. The answer depends on many factors:

I estimated that the cost of building my small cabin would approximate $1300.
Later, I added an outhouse and a veranda/gazebo, and I'm planning to build a shed and other structures. These are separate, discretionary items not included in my original estimate.

Below is a summary estimate table of small cabin building cost (as of 2006). Obviously quantities of material and prices are approximate. Yours will most likely vary.

As with any project, the cost of materials plays a significant role in the overall budget. And since most folks don't spontaneously build a cabin, make sure you plan well in advance for all costs and, more importantly, plan for possible fluctuations in costs. Just like with you bills and expenses, a simple monthly budget template can be used to set, plan, and ultimately achieve your financial goal.

The cost of cabin materials in this table is calculated using the following basic assumptions:

Small Cabin Bill Of Materials (BoM) Estimate

Item DescriptionQtyCost$Price$
Concrete deck blocks, 4-way87.0056.00
Floor Frame
2"x8" 12' PT spruce216.2032.40
2"x8" 8' PT spruce710.8075.60
5/8" 4'x8' PT plywood345.00135.00
Joist Hangers140.8011.20
Wall Frame
2"x4" 8' spruce353.50122.50
2"x4" 12' spruce45.5022.00
Wall Siding
Typar wrapping (rolls)216.0032.00
3/8" 4'x8' SmartSide Panels1030.00300.00
1x3" 8' spruce planks121.2014.40
2"x4" 10' spruce84.7037.60
2"x4" 14' spruce26.5013.00
3/8" 4'x8' plywood / OSB515.0075.00
Asphalt shingles (pack)514.0070.00
Interior Finishing
4'x8' decorative LP panels1016.00160.00
1"x2" 8' spruce planks120.809.60
Nails, various (box)104.0040.00
Paint, (1 gallon)225.0050.00
Est. Total:   1256.30


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