"Habitat for Survivalists - North's Survival Cabin

This sort of cabin can be hauled in one or two pick-up truck loads to a site, and will make a fine bug-out cabin or retreat cottage for those on a tight budget.

The first pic is the foundation. It's simply 6x6 posts buried 18 inches (just below the frost line) and embedded in concrete. The pic also shows the floor frame which is 8'x12'

Second and third pictures shows the wall studs going up. I used rough cut lumber. Mostly because there's a saw mill near me, plus the fact that rough (true cut) is thicker than finished lumber and it costs almost half that of finished lumber. By using true cut, the walls are almost twice as strong as walls made with finished/plained studs.

The fourth picture shows the siding being applied. The wall studs are cut so that the siding covers the floor joists, top and bottom wall plates, and studs. This is done so that the roof, walls, and floor are tied together so that the wind can't pull the building apart.

This pictureshows a near finished product. Note, the reason this cabin only has one window is simply because I only had one good window for this project (I thought I had more, but was wrong).

Here are some pictures of the cabin 95% finished. All that's left to do is install the roofing material (tar paper so far, and for now I think I'm going to use a brown plastic tarp (same as those blue tarps, just brown), the primer and paint (the lumber needs to finish drying out for the next month or two), and the inside finishing work (paneling, finish trim, and flooring, (it's a toss-up between carpet or vinyl)).

The final photos are of the cottage complete with a temporary tarp roof. There are two layers of tar paper applied, but because of costs, and time, I installed a plastic tarp for the rest of the year. For those who pre-cut their cabin, and put it in storage with the intent on building it once they've bugged out, a tarp roof may be an idea to save costs, travel space and weight.

COMING SOON !! More pics of the finished cabin, and pics of the inside. And a short video of the cabin being built. I will also have full plans, parts list, etc... So check back, this is a work in progress.

This cabin can also grow, rooms can be added on quite easily. The cabin is to be heated using a "Mr. Heater" www.mrheater.com and lighting will be from a couple of kerosene hurricane lanterns, and a dynamo powered LED lantern. Electric power will come from a couple of deep cycle 12VDC batterys that are recharged from a small solar panel.

At a later date I will be installing either a "Salmon stove" or perhaps a "Boxwood" woodstove, but for now the propane heater will do just fine.

Not only can this type of building be used as a cabin/cottage, but these also can be built attached to another building as an addition. These also make fine sheds and storage buildings.

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