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A DIY Cabin For Under $600?!

   

As difficult to believe as it may seem, it IS true!  If one relishes the idea of downsizing ones lifestyle–I mean REALLY downsizing ones lifestyle–and purging a major portion of what one might own, you, too, can be the proud owner of a cozy, log-cabin home for under $600 in total costbut thats assuming a major portion of the building materials are donated.

An industrious young man by the name of Jeremiah Werst was just plain tired of the Los Angeles rat-race and chucked the stressors in his life and decided to build a log cabin in a small, away-from-it-all, wooded lot he purchased from a friend.   The noise, the hustle-bustle and the 9-5 grind were to become a distant memory.   Only 52 logs were utilized for the small oasis; and over the course of 8 months, our former-businessman, now log-cabin builder had a completed, move-in-ready home!

How Did He Do It?

Jeremiah had no previous construction-building experience but utilized the resources of his youth-group from his church who all volunteered to help build this amazing 200 square-foot home.  Jeremiah employed the internet to gather all the log-cabin home construction information he possibly could and claims he learned as he went while constructing the log-home of his dreams.  A number of friends, relatives, acquaintances and church members donated a variety of needed materials; and the project, from start to finish, proceeded without any major problems.

The Homes Details:

1:  The Flooring:

Three vertical rows of horizontally stacked logs trace the bottom perimeter of the log-home and provide the foundation.  The floor was constructed with 2 ?” thick, rough-cut poplar wood planks; and under that main flooring are 2X4s for additional support.  Under the 2X4s, Jeremiah laid and leveled patio stones to give the floating floor extra footing and security. 

2:  The Loft Areas:

The cabin is just under 200 square feet with an additional 50 square  feet of living space provided by a main loft, most of which, hangs over the front door.   A secondary loft was built to accommodate enough sleeping area to comfortably cater to one person, complete with an acrylic window designed for just that area of the home.  

3:  The Walls and Roof:

The round logs used for the walls of the home were notched using normal square notches.   Though the roof will eventually be shingled, for now it is covered with a heavy-duty tarp which provides an effective, easy, yet temporary, material for the roof covering. 

4:  Front Door and Windows:

The front door was originally a heavy-duty wooden table used at Jeremiahs church.  A rectangular opening was created for the doors window, made from plexi-glass; and spare wood was crafted to serve as the windows rustic frame.   A number of additional windows were placed in the upper beamed area to allow plenty of natural light to stream in.

5:  The Heating Stove:

A waste-oil stove, which was also donated, was actually an old propane tank which, according to Jeremiah, works beautifully for his makeshift heating system.  The fuel source is used motor oil that can be picked up free of charge from local automotive shops.  A drip valve controls the rate of the oil that flows down into tubing into the break line and into the firing chamber.    The drip can be controlled and set for overnight.  It feeds itself and doesnt have to be stoked, though Jeremiah always makes sure the fuel tank is full enough for the entire evening.

6:  The Chandelier:

An adjustable chandelier can be lowered downward with a simple pulley system.  And ,actually, the chandelier is a shiny, new camping lantern which, when lowered, provides plenty of lighting for Jeremiah and his buddies who might choose to play cards until the wee hours of the evening.  When not in use as a close-up lighting system for card playing or evening meals at the dining table, the lantern can be hoisted back up again within seconds.  A secondary lantern is permanently secured in the main loft area for bedtime reading. 

The Chinking:

The gaps between the logs were filled with brown-colored insulation; and spray foam was used to plug in the smaller gaps that the insulation wasnt able to fill.    Though cheap and effective, Jeremiah admits a more permanent chinking, which can be found at www.mountainhomebuildingproducts.com, will need to be used sometime in the future. 

Admittedly, much of the components for this pint-sized log-home were donated, but the point is, if theres a will, theres a way if one wants to really change their lifestyle and live life at its simplest.  Whether under 200 square feet or over 4,000 square feet, log-homes provide a rustic warmth that no other style of home can offer!