Surprise your hunting buddies this fall with two-star accommodations in the woods, where you can all relax after a hard day of hunting, barbecue steaks on the deck, then sleep inside out of the weather.
This small portable shelter makes a unique hunting camp or a cozy weekend vacation cabin. The basic cabin has also been adapted for refugee housing, back yard studios, storage shed and guest house. Multiple modules of the cabin have been joined together for basic accomodation for fly-in hunting in the Alaskan bush.
For about $1000 a first class version can be built, and about half that amount for an economy version. It can be built to take-apart if necessary, constructed in a back yard and re-assembled on site in the woods. The 8' by 12' floorplan plus sleeping/storage loft overhead provide about 140 square feet of usable space. Hollow plywood skid-beams provide structural support and also elevate the cabin above snow, or can be propped level about rough ground. Roof overhangs provide cover for stacked wood, boats, etc.
Interior layout, door and window placement are optional. Optional insulation and a small wood stove provide winter comfort, or if an extension cord will reach the smallest 110 volt heaters will keep the cabin toasty.
Building plans include nicely drawn blueprints
and step-by-step instructions.
10 years back when you were still in Montana we emailed about
a winter version of the Grand Cabin and I just wanted you
to know I finally got around to doing some of the things we
discussed. I put the cabin up on a crossed log platform about
four feet above the ground. It was extra work but with the
deep winter snows around Whitehorse it makes for a lot less
shoveling. The best thing about the log platform is the dry
enclosed space for gear and fire wood storage which is really
handy. I used the smallest little wall mounted boat stove
I could find, and with the sheet foam insulation the cabin
heats up quick and cozy. The plywood sure simplifies this
project, it would have been a tough job to build all this
from logs. I still want to double the insulation on the floor
and I’m looking for some fabric to cover the insulation
on the walls. You’re right the wood paneling would have
been a bad idea and too much work. Just wanted to send an
asked me to let you know how it worked out and I built my
cabin in the backyard over a period of 3 weeks after work.
I used waxed dry wall screws to hold the big panels temporarily
together then I took it all apart and loaded it in my brother-in-laws
pickup and we hauled it to my 5 acres of vacation property
by the lake. We put it all back together in an afternoon and
next weekend I’m going to shingle the exterior. Only
real change I made was extend the top roof line to provide
covered space for a picnic table, and I also made a take-apart
three level bunkbed so I can stack the kids in there like
cordwood. I was a submariner in the navy so I know all about
stacking’em in tight. When I get time I’d like
to build another cabin, and join the 2 with a covered storage
space between. Makes a fun summer place.
..last year my
neighbor logged off his property and ruined my nice view from
my little vacation cabin. I finally got tired of being pissed
off and borrowed my neighbors tractor and dragged my cabin
around to the other side of my place behind some trees. Better
view anyway and now I’m glad I built those skid beams