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Simple Off-Grid Cabin That Anyone Can Build & Afford

Looking to ditch the hustle and bustle of the city to reconnect with the great outdoors? Wishing you could build your own cabin but worried about the construction costs and labor that goes into it? Good news – you can use the cabin plans (+ useful tips) offered by Dave and Brooke of Bushradical YouTube channel, to DIY a small (10*12 ft) peaceful and cozy off-grid cabin on the cheap. (PS: You don’t need super-advanced skills to pull this off — just your dedication to the task).

Some of the main considerations include:

• Location: The location is arguably the most important part. It defines the size of the structure and determines whether it serves its purpose. To quote Dave, “pick a spot that feels right… where a cabin feels like it belongs.” Take care to consider what it will be like in different weather conditions, access, safety (under a redwood tree for example puts you at risk of huge falling branches).

• Foundation: With a small cabin, the team suggests that you don’t need to do a “real” foundation. Instead, they used concrete footing pads with wooden piers – and floor joists fitted into notches in the piers.

• Insulation: They used R13 insulation for the plywood floors – good enough to serve the purpose.

• Windows: A great option is to source reclaimed windows still in the frames before starting the build – then these can simply be fitted into the walls.

• Walls: As illustrated in the video, all you have to do is align the top + bottom plates and the 6ft back wall studs where they go, nail everything in place, put it up on the building, flush it, and nail it to the bottom – then repeat for the front wall.

• Rafters: Design one rafter based on the house measurements and use it as a template to make the rest of the roof rafters.

• Roofing and Staining: To cap off their DIY tutorial, Dave and Brooke installed corrugated roof sheets and stained the walls, respectively. This offers protection from the elements.

Watch the video for the full tutorial on how to build a simple off-grid cabin of your own. Keep in mind that it may take longer than you expect and be sure to follow building regulations in your area.

Simple Off Grid Cabin That Anyone Can Build & Afford
Simple Off-Grid Cabin That Anyone Can Build & Afford – Image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOOXmfkXpkM