Ask Andy – Roof Insulation -1

Question: I am interested in building a small cabin to live in as my permanent residence and have an airstream trailer to be able to camp and take trips with. My question is related to insulation. I like the look exposed rafters that support the roof and plan to have a large great room with…

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Step by Step Cabin Building – Zoning Part 1

When we look at a zoning ordinance, the first thing we may think about are the “setbacks“. But there are many more things to consider, and they make up what is normally called the “Bulk Regulations“, controlling the bulk of the building on the lot. Some of these relate to the lot and some to…

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Step by Step Cabin Building – Cabin Dreaming

The more I thought about the list of steps one will go through and your comments on the Outline, I realized that there is another step that comes first and encompasses many of the early parts of many of the other steps.  And this is before anything else, right from the first idea that you…

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Step by Step Cabin Building – The Land

I thought it might be helpful to take each step and look at an outline that would address everything that would relate to that category. This, I think will give us a framework and keep things organized as we go forward. Let’s start with “The Land” … Here goes: The Land Finding Land – Realtors,…

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Step by Step Cabin Building – The Outline

I thought I would begin this blog with an outline of the necessary steps that you must go through in designing and building a small cabin or cottage. The following steps are not necessarily in the exact order everyone will follow, but each step will be necessary at some point for a successful project: Cabin…

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Ask Andy – Do your plans meet my local code and are they stamped?

Will your plans comply with my local building code? This answer is simple… Maybe. I don’t mean to be funny, but actually there is no correct answer to your question since each permit-requiring jurisdiction will have it’s own twist on things. Since our plans have been developed over the  years… and the building codes have…

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The Survey Results Are In

The survey results are in and compiled… and here are the results: The top 3 answers to the question about what the blog topic should be… 43% Wanted information and help on building their own cabin. 23% Wanted information and help on estimating the costs of building. 18% Wanted information and help on designing their…

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