One Man Builds Off Grid Cabin With Hand Tools (Super Inspiring Video!)

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One Man Builds Off Grid Cabin With Hand Tools
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He walks across a dry, late summer field to a quiet spot where logs lie in the grass – carrying nothing more than a two-handed saw and an axe. To begin with, you might not think much of it. Keep watching, because very soon it will suddenly hit you that this man is a serious craftsman… and that we are watching a masterpiece in the making.

If you’ve been contemplating the idea of building your own cabin in the near future, then you might find true inspiration from this mesmerizing and impressive YouTube video from the Les ateliers du hameau channel; of a man who demonstrates singlehandedly how to build an off grid cabin with hand tools. What’s even more impressive is that he’s not starting with pre-cut hardware store lumber, but from fallen logs laying on the ground! (more tools and materials are brought in later)

Building an off-grid cabin is no easy feat. It demands a certain skill level, patience, and dedication to the project. It’s a serious workout too! Here are some useful pointers to help (All these steps are illustrated in the time-lapse video):

• Always Start with a Detailed And Well Thought Out Plan: Do you have the right tools for the job? Does the land have natural resources to support your off-grid living? Are you adhering to local planning and building codes/laws? What type of cabin do you want to build?

• Laying the Foundation: There are different types of foundations depending on your budget, the cabin design, and the ground underneath. You can either use concrete pad foundations or treated oak piles, as demonstrated in the video.

• Raising the Walls and Laying the Floor: Raising the walls to create a frame is arguably one of the most satisfying experiences as your off-grid cabin begins to take shape. It’s advisable to carefully consider the type of lumber you use – durability, strength etc. You can see in the video that this isn’t cheap, scrappy hardware store lumber but well-chosen beams that are straight and true.

• Roofing: Once the walls are constructed and window/door openings cut, the next step is typically raising the roof.

• Finish: This includes building the front porch, interior walls, glass panels for the windows/door, painting, etc.

Freedom and adventure await!

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