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How to Build a Cabin

Updated on April 1, 2014

How to build a low cost sturdy cabin.

Building a log cabin has been a dream for a long time. I live on a mini homestead which I rent, so once I buy some land up north then I will use this lens. The first goal is to build a 20x20 small cabin. As with everything on the homestead I want to be able to add to it easily. Most likely another 20x20. or 10x20; This ability to Square or add to will be the same with the garden, solar, wind and hydro alternative energy.

Our goal is to recycle any and all material possible. I have a whole new outlook when I walk through the woods, every tree can provide something valuable. My eyes are opening to all the possibilities. As the economy gets worse and as more people lose their jobs, more of us will revert back to a more basic life and seek to provide for ourselves.

I am looking at some recycled lumber and even considering look at 100% recycled composite. Income earned by this lens goes to help fund the Food for Everyone Foundations marketing and future mission efforts. If you are building a cabin I suggest you also plant a Mittleider garden this will free up more money to expand you cabin in the future.

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Cement or wood floor which should I use to build a cabin?

How to build a cabin floor?

I prefer to use treated wood. The problem can be getting the concrete to the cabin site. If you are really remote then I suggest looking at wood flooring. I have mixed over six hundreds yards of concrete by hand or should I say shovel and cement trow. Whenever possible bring a cement truck in it is worth the extra money and will save you a sore back and a few days recovery time.

I found a very cool site about building a log cabin by people who are actually living the life..

Plan, Build and Enjoy Your Small Cabin - A collection of personal experiences and useful resources for building your own small cabin in the woods. Excellent site real world view points and tips

Do you want to build your own log cabin? - Do you like lots of elbow room?

Are you a city person or a backwoods person? I have lived in the city and I prefer the backwoods. It is interesting people in the backwoods all know each other and in most cases take care of each other. I have even been to a log cabin raising before.

Do you want to build your own log cabin

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Building a Cabin on the cheap - You can build an affordable log cabin.

Not only can you afford to build a log cabin it is also helpful to the environment to use old logs for your log cabin.Whenever possible recycle old materials for your log cabin.

Becky's Homestead build a cabin part 1

Becky build a cabin update

Building a log cabin videos - See the process of building a cabin

These videos really motivate me to build my own Log Cabin. Using available trees on your property you can build a log cabin also.

Buy Your own Log Cabin - You can find your dream Log Cabin on Ebay

You could call this my dream list, you will be very pleased with the Log Cabin deals you are able to find on Ebay.

Did you build your own log cabin? Tell us about your experiences.

Did you build or live in a log cabin please say hi - Log cabin living is peaceful and inexpensive

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      IdlewildAlaska 4 years ago

      I have the dream life of living in a log cabin in Alaska! My little acre and a half is slowly becoming more and more self-sufficient :)

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      I built a log cabin years ago with my family. It took a lot of work but not much money. I would skip the concrete floor. Make sure to dig in your foundation below the frost line.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I live in a cabin but would like to move to a place where I can build a new one.

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      PickupTrucksFan1 5 years ago

      Every person I know who has lived long-term in a "treated" pine log house has developed cancer. Any connection? I think so. The off-gassing in the confined space does the trick. So watch out for that... Also, have you ever been around where lumber is "treated?" You might change your mind about liking treated lumber if they did it in your backyard.. It's an environmental disaster.

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      webgrafter lm 5 years ago

      would love to build a cabin. The problem is planning permission - in the UK the councils seem to hate them for some reason.

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      JakeAnderson 5 years ago

      Love this lens. Hoping to build my own cabin someday :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I grew up living way out in the backwoods and would love to go back to that lifestyle again.

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      Thanks for the comprehensive collection! Our family actually owns an old log cabin in the North. Very sturdy design which speaks volumes of great workmaship. People really knew how to build with their hands before.

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      Loveyourshoes 5 years ago

      great lens I enjoyed it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Terrific article, great job on the self education for us readers.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would LOVE to have a log cabin - a garden would be nice too. However, I'm not the best with plants. I try to take care of them, but every garden I try to start dies rather quickly. The one garden I had that was really growing my rabbit ate. I LOVE log cabins though!

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      SIALicenceUK 6 years ago

      Would love one in the back garden. Great lens

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      seeker2011 lm 6 years ago

      Given housing prices these days, a log cabin is looking pretty damn good.

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      mahasson 6 years ago

      I actually work with a log cabin company, Southland Log Homes. I've been impressed with the affordability of log cabins and log homes. I've considered getting one myself!

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      mahasson 6 years ago

      I actually work with a log cabin company, Southland Log Homes. I've been impressed with the affordability of log cabins and log homes. I've considered getting one myself!

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      Joe McGuire 7 years ago

      I was planning on building a log home butt and pass style. I was turned onto cordwood construction so I'm still undecided. I have a couple of years to plan anyway. Maybe I will just build one as my house and one as my shop/kitchen/storage. Nice lens btw.

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      paramountconstruction 7 years ago

      Great site. We have designed and built a very large addition to a log home that was constructed in the 1920s.

      Please take a look here: LogHome

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      BarbaraCasey 7 years ago

      Great lens, thanks. I'm trying to decide between a round frame yurt cabin and the more traditional square/rectangular one.

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      LogCabinsRevealed 7 years ago

      I have built log cabin for 10 years and enjoyed being in them for 20! Nothing can replicate the beauty of these natural structures. They are such a relaxing and healthy environment to be in, and are very energy efficient to manufacture and use. This is a great lens on log cabins. I hope many of you reading it, get to enjoy the pleasure of having your own log cabin one day!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Interesting lens you have here! Keep it up!

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      annettestevenson 7 years ago

      I had no idea that so many people built their own cabins! Kind of cool. Thanks for such an interesting lens.

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      I wouldn't mind having a cabin in the woods but I don't want to build it. ;-)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great resource lens for anyone interested in building or living in a log cabin. I checked that I wanted to build one but that was because my answer wasn't a choice. I am too old to build one but would love to own one in the mountains by a stream.

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      wyrm11268 7 years ago

      I too dream of one day owning a log cabin....umm maybe I will now dream of building my own cabin too. Just have to decide where.

      Lots of wonderful information here, thanks.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      While I have two left hands and would be unable to build a cabin - or whatever you want - I definitely like to learn how things work and like cabins too - I also dreamed of having a cabin in the countryside, instead, I bought a ready-made house, lol.

      Blessed by a SquidAngel today :)

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      johnfn lm 8 years ago

      Great lens. Well done!

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      Laura Childs 8 years ago

      Hi, just ran across your lens here on building a cabin. We are in the process of building a log home (but I guess it is a cabin by some people's standards) as it is under 3,000 square feet. My husband and I have worked on it together for the most part - 10% friends chipping in when they can. It can be challenging and exhausting but when it is done it will be beautiful. We were documenting the whole thing at - but haven't done much updating lately - you know, life gets in the way - but your page here has inspired me to pick up the hammer and start posting again, so thanks for that! :) Cheers, Laura

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      DIYSolarPanelsNow 8 years ago

      I don't live in one, but I would love to someday. I'm planning on saving for the next 5 years to have a great downpayment on a piece of land. Great lens!

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      Another SquidAngel blessing today Steve! ~ Colleen ;)

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      SuzieSmiles 8 years ago

      I don't live in one but would love to have a simple log cabin in the woods! Thanks for the great lens and resources!! Please stop my by Grizzly Adams lens:

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      tomstone 8 years ago

      We live in a log cabin. For years, we had considered building our own, but in the end we purchased an existing cabin. We now live in the mountains of North Georgia, escaping the ratrace of urban life and careers. Would I move back? I certainly hope not!

      Thanks for the encouraging lens!

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      Bodybychocolates 8 years ago

      I have always wanted to build my own home out in the woods somewhere an here is a great resource. It has lots of information.

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      myresourcenet 8 years ago

      i love this lens. It's funny, about 35 years ago, my Dad bought a piece of land to put up a hunting cabin. He and I slept in it with only a roof, not all walls closed in, etc. For a few years, he fell in love so much with it that he decided he wanted to retire there. So the opportunity came and he, Mom, and my Grandmother moved in.

      Funny you mention adding on. Our place started as 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living room with a big fireplace. Halfway in, we looked at the place and said, hey why not add a second floor? So we did. And from there it grew and grew, and grew over the years. Now we call it The Compound. Great memories.

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      An interesting subject with a lot of great resources. I think you are right - that many people will revert to a simpler life. All the best with your aim to build you own cabin

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      What a great goal! To be a log cabin -- friends of ours had a log cabin built up in the Carolinas -- we actually had the opportunity to stay there with 3 other couples. It was an amazing adventure. BTW, a hearty congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      I once went to a wedding at a home that was built from a log cabin kit. It was gorgeous and had an awesome Lake Tahoe view. Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination.

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      rockenrobin 9 years ago

      Hi Steve,

      This is a great site! I have a log home that we built ourselves! It's great! Will get you some pics later!

      Your Friend,

      Peace to you and yours,

      Robin ;-)

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      Great encouragement and resources! Congrats on 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination...woot! (

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy aka "Pretty Bullet"

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      Laura Childs 9 years ago

      [in reply to Perlapennylope] Hi Perlapennylope, Steve and all readers, I too enjoyed this lens immensely. We built our own cabin as well and are in the process of the finishing pieces - I started a lens on the process at - hope to see you there!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This is very useful lens for the people, because it is providing more useful information on how to build a cabin, I liked very much and I rated 5 stars for your valuable lens.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

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      quartzcreek 9 years ago

      I wanted to leave a comment on your wine making lens, but I could not find a place, but I really enjoyed reading it. I love wine, and I have thought about making my own. I live in Arkansas, and there are some vineyards here, but they all grow very sweet grape varieties.

      I also sell crystal online, so check out my website if you get a chance.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Garner Rix came from the 1780’s to check out your lens. He enjoyed it so much that he is sending you a virtual cup of coffee to hang on your wall.

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Ours isn't exactly a log cabin, it's a cedar and rock house, in city limits but surrounded by thousands of acres of woods. When we moved here from the "big city," my husband said over and over again, "It's like camping every day!" Well, sort of, but with all the conveniences. It's been over 17 years and we're not planning on going anywhere! I would encourage you to pursue your dream and hope you'll be as happy as we are. Nice lens!

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      steveffeo lm 9 years ago

      Argalax I checked out your site great information on cabin building

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      argalax 10 years ago

      See the small cabin we have built in the wilderness: Our Small Cabin - How we built it.

      It's a collection of personal experience and useful resources we have found, and our log.

      Comments are welcome.

      Small Cabin Builder