Cabin Design – 12ft House – Part 14

Last time we drew the cabin end elevation with the porch and now we are ready to tackle a side elevation. Begin with the floor plan: We will be using the floor plan to locate the various elements of the side elevations such as end walls, chimney, windows and the end porch (figure 1).  We…

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Cabin Design – 12ft House – Part 13

Last time we drew the cabin end elevation with the chimney and now we are ready to tackle the other end with the porch. Begin with the last guide line drawing: This time we will re-use the guide lines from our last elevation (figure 1). To do that we will need to flip the diagram…

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Cabin Design – 12ft House – Part 12

Last time we drew the cabin section with the porch and now we are ready to tackle the elevations. We will start with the end elevation with the fireplace.  Just for reference and to refresh our memory, Figure 1 below is a floor plan indicating which side of the cabin we will be drawing (the…

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Cabin Design – 12ft House – Part 11

Last time we drew the basic cabin section and today we will add the porch. We will start with the building section we completed in Part 10. As always, we will start with what we know: The posts are 6″ square The porch is 8 ft wide We will set the beam height to 6′-8″…

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Design – 12ft House – Part 10

Last time we looked a locating the doors and windows in plan, and to be able to do that in elevation, we will need to draw the building section to determine all the heights we will be working with. As always, we will start with what we know: The walls are 6″ thick The cabin…

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Natural Cooling

Over the Memorial Day weekend I was visiting a house I designed 13 years ago. The weather was very nice… sunny about 80 degrees and comfortable inside without air conditioning. Natural Solutions. This started me thinking about heating, air-conditioning and comfort. Very often today, we have a tendency to jump to a technical solution and…

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Design – 12ft House – Part 9

Last time we looked at entering the cabin from the side and I mentioned that I was going to keep the side entrance but also have the porch for the Master Bedroom at the end of the cabin. This time I’ll be locating the windows and doors. The living-dining-kitchen area. I’ll begin with the living-dining-kitchen…

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Cabin Costs – A Survey

It is clear that I am a bit out of touch with cabin costs around the country so I thought I would put up a survey to see what you all say about the costs per square foot in your area. Totally anonymous. Thanks for sharing this information. As always, your comments are very valuable…

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Cabin Plans – Pier and Beam Foundation

Creating a Pier and Beam Foundation from A Crawlspace Plan In many cases a cabin might be more easily built with a pier and beam foundation rather than a perimeter footing and wall like a crawlspace or basement.  This is especially true on sloping lots or in places where a perimeter solution would not work…

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Ask Andy – Cabin Costs

I got this question yesterday, and I thought it might open a discussion about construction costs in various areas of the country, building cheaply, etc. Where do you get the idea that a 600-700 sq. ft. building complete will run $100,000. I am hoping to get a cabin built , including the pluming and electrical…

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