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I started a cabin project a few years ago and we’re just about done. I’ll attach a few pictures. I bought 3 acres of land near Basye, Virginia in Shenandoah County in 2012. It’s in northwestern Virginia, just east of West Virginia and about 40 miles north of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The property is about 116 miles from my house in Arlington. I can get there in less than 2 hours if traffic isn’t bad – which was important, as I wanted to be able to get to the cabin easily.
My cousin is a builder and he agreed to take the lead on the project. He still works full time and I work full time in DC. So it’s taken us a little longer to complete the project than anticipated. We’ve had a few helpers along the way, mostly on the framing, roofing, and foundation.
The original design of the cabin was 24×30 with a sleeping loft. So 720 square feet, plus the loft. We decided to raise the ceiling in the loft by about 8 inches and add a half bath upstairs. There are 2 bedrooms downstairs and I plan to put 2 queen beds in the loft. Counting the loft space the cabin is just under 1100 square feet (1060 sq. ft.). The biggest expense was the septic system. Due to the terrain/slope I had to install a “fast drip” system, which cost just over $20k with the design and permits (lesson learned: always buy a lot that has a septic permit!).
We used pine log siding. Expanded the front porch (from the original design). Tiled the kitchen and baths. Laminate wood floors. Used Ikea butchers block tabletop for the kitchen counters ($300). There’s a crawl space, which is quite large. Tongue and groove ceiling. Stained the ceiling, stairs, railings, and beams. Plan to install a wood stove later. Installed 2 PTAC units for ac/heat. The total cost of everything came in just under $110,000. I still have a few other expenses (rock for the driveway, install of the wood stove, curtains, etc).
I hope you enjoy the pictures.
Thanks for your website and ideas. It’s very enjoyable.
Man’s Small Cabin Project on his Virginia Acreage
Images © Chris Brock
Images © Chris Brock
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