Durable shelter - Cabin (picture heavy)

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  1. Whit Spurzon

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    Cabin - durable shelter (picture heavy)

    Been looking at and enjoying the permanent shelter threads and figured I'd share my own.

    A few years back my Wife and I found some property in an area we frequently recreated in. The area has many recreational opportunities, a wide variety of critters and boatloads of natural beauty. It was love at first sight and we closed on the deal in just over a month.

    Soon after acquiring the property we bought a travel trailer. I HATED it. It felt like a cell and seemed to insulate us from the very reason we purchased the property. The solution, mini cabin.

    Being remote it needed to be small enough to build quickly - and be affordable - as well as big enough to be useful. I drew up some plans, submitted them to the county and we were soon rolling

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    What my wife lacked in construction experience, she more than made up for with enthusiasm.

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    The wife found some oak flooring inexpensively and tasked me with putting it in.

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    I built the cabinets in shop at home between trips. I used quarter sawn Douglas fir milled by a local sawyer

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    It is still a work in progress but we sure enjoy it.
     
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    WOW,I know of 44 acres in NW FL that need one of those.

    Very nice
    Mischief
     
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    That's great. Looks better then my house. Thanks for the pics..
     
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    Lookin good
     
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    Excellent work! Looks like a great adventure!!!
    What state is it in?
    Keep us posted on the progress.
     
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    Very nice. I am jealous. How big is it??
     
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    Awesome! I am jealous. Not only of your cabin and your land, but your construction skills.
     
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    VERY cool man!
     
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    Nice place. Did you build a debris hut for a guest house?
     
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    I too am jealous! Not sure I could go back to civilization after a few nights in there.
    Would love to see more pictures if you have em'.
     
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    Well done, I like the bed in the wall....
     
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    Please share details on the foundation,and picture if you have any.

    The Warden is giving me "THE LOOK" when I showed her your place.

    Mischief
     
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    Very, very nicely done! I'd hate to admit to being jealous, but I will admit to being envious!!! :D

    Looks like many an enjoyable memory will be centered around your new cabin. :)

    By the way, all that's missing is one of those great looking leverguns of yours hanging on the wall. ;)
     
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    Cool! I like it very much.
     
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    Wonderful looking cabin . Great job
     
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    nice place man, gotta find me a spot to pop one of them up at.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback everyone! :D

    I'll try to answer the questions.

    The cabin has a 12' x 16' mainfloor, a 12' x 12' loft and a 8' x 12' covered porch.

    The foundation is concrete pads 24" deep. If I recall correctly they were 16" x 16" x 8" on plan I drew. In reality they were probably a little bigger as I didn't form them and just used the hole. We used pre-cast deck blocks and pressure treated posts to get out of the ground and up to the floor.

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    Some of the bountiful water in the area.

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    We've enjoyed it and been comfortable in temperatures down to -3*F. The cabin heats very well with one of those "Buddy Heaters" using only about a gallon of propane every three days.

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    I don't have many pictures of the loft but it is a VERY useful part of the cabin. It serves mainly as storage but also gets used for guest quarters.

    AKbound: There's always a Levergun on duty ;) when I'm there. The only picture I have is of one propped up in the corner though :eek: and you can just barely see part of it... Malamute's pictures are awesome and inspiring. Eventually I'll try to do better justice to them.
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    We have lots of critters that frequent the area. Moose enjoy the red birch down by the creek, Bobcats enjoy the Turkeys and Deer, we have both Whitetail and Mule deer.
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    I took this picture from inside the cabin. I was eating breakfast and he just strolled by in no hurry. Biggest Bobcat I'd ever seen. He hung around for a while but skedaddled when I opened the door to get a better picture.

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    Got bunches of these guys too. In another month they'll be on the menu :D

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    There are miles of logging roads to explore, woods to wonder in and things to see.
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    My favorite activity is scouting the property and the surrounding area. I find something interesting every time and hours seem to fly by.
     
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    Beautiful cabin, workmanship and scenery. Thanks for sharing this. It is inspirational.
     
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    That is just flat some very beautiful country you have there! It looks like an absolutely wonderful place to be. If a fella or gal can't "smooth away life's troubles in a place like that" I say that person(s) would be without hope.;)

    Absolutely wonderful! :D

    P.S. Country like that is the reason for the leverguns existence. ;)
     
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    Not only useful and economically designed, but charming! I love the house I have, but realized too late that we should have gone with something smaller. Now I have all these dreams of trading my 2700 sf house for a little 1000 sf one on a bigger piece of land. Thanks for the inspiration!
     
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    Great place there. I envy you.
     
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    Well done!
     
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    You are living the Life brother!
     
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    Couple of questions;
    What are you doing for water?
    Septic?
    Electric?
    How much did it run you?
     
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    Whit,

    Great job! I like the layout and the size. The Murphy bed was a good idea to give it more open space during the non-sleeping or nap time. The finish work you did and some of the extra details really make this stand out.

    I was about the ask where a lever action was and I saw the bottom of one in the corner. An AR-15 would just look a bit out of place there.....:D

    Yellow Lab (another lever-action man....)
     
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    Since I was taught to never covet my neighbors possessions, I say what my Mom would say in this situation: I wish I had that land/house, and you had a better one ;)
     
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    Great Job & lovely place thanks for sharing :)
     
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    Sweet diggs. Looks like You and the "Boss" put your heart into it.
     
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    wow! beautiful, great job.
     
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    Looks good. Need any guest to test it?
     
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    Wow! That is fantastic. I envy your abilities.
     
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    Any reason you didn't go with a wood burning stove? Burn restrictions or just personal preference?
     
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    You could make a coffee table book out of nothing but pictures of this place and the story of building it. As others have said, you are living the dream. Hope to be there someday myself. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Beautiful cabin & land. I admire your craftsmanship. Looks like you got the digs that many a man would envy!
     
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    Totally dig the murphy bed! one of these days I'll be able to afford a little bit of woods property and make one of these kinda things for myself :D
     
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    AKbound: Yup, the levergun rules there. From Grouse to Bears to homeland security - pretty much covered. ;)

    Yellow Lab: Got me one of those too. She's on the security and entertainment committees.
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    RCGirl: Thanks for the feedback. Size does matter :p This place was a real compromise. Wouldn't mind a bit bigger but it does the job just fine.

    ZenGunfighter: We have a well and a gravity septic system. We're off grid for power. Our minimal electrical needs are met easily by the generator. Cost? the shell cost us less than $4,000 including permits, taxes and other ransoms demanded by the bureaucrats. Total investment for the building is under 10K including things like the stove, furnishings and logistical expenses. ALL labor has been done by me and/or my wife - something we take a great deal of pride in.

    SkabO311: The county forbade me from installing "permanent" heating or plumbing in the structure without conforming to codes, zoning, tax classifications, health restrictions... I relented and played the game like a good comrade. Should everything go south, you can bet I'll be there with my wood stove and more "conveniences" that the revenuers seem to love to tax, regulate and dictate. I do what I can but I'm not one to start the revolution - too many sheeple willing to turn me in. For now I play by the rules - regardless of the logic or lack there of.

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    A sunset from last week. Hard to leave that place.
     
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    You mean you actually leave that place??!??!?:eek: ;)
     
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    Nice little place you've got, great surroundings. Too bad there are lots of regulations, here in Europe as well.
    Keep up the bushcraft !
     
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    Can I ask a dumb question? Never built a house, so...

    Why did you build it sitting up off the ground a foot or so, looks like?
     
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    PS I'm still enamored with the house and the land it sets upon. THAT, to me, is the American dream.
     
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    so he can store firewood and stuff underneath it ;) also humidity control
     
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    I was thinking the same thing, but at the very least I will have to wait until my youngest leaves for college in 7 years.
     
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    There are a number of reasons.
    -The foundation was easier and less expensive that way.
    -More critter resistant. My neighbors that have skirted or made a crawl space have mice problems - perfect safe habitat for them. So far (two years) we've not had any intruders.
    -Gaga is also correct about the dry storage feature.
    -Easy to fix or and add onto...

    Had it been a larger structure or a permanent residence I might consider a foundation and with the slope it would probably be a walk out (aka "Daylight") basement.
     
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    I want that.:D
     
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    Man, that's great! I'm really happy for you and the wife!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Whoa. I'm so jealous! Great work!
     
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    That is SUPER nice! I think we all wish we had a place like that!
     
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    I would really like to "get off the grid" with a place like that when I retire. I have a really nice place in the country but it's all farm country and I would really love something a little more "wild". Having that bobcat outside your window is SO COOL!!!
     
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    Great job. I like the folding bed.

    Mike
     

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