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Build Your Own 8×12 Walden Cabin for Under $2000: Plans!


These are the plans for your very own 8×12 Walden Cabin created by Lamar over at Simple Solar Homesteading. The base cabin can sleep up to 4 people in just 96 square feet, and it includes a bathroom with a toilet and shower!

Lamar’s plans also include an optional 9×8 addition to the cabin, which can be added on later, and instructions on how to build a deck and patio on your dwelling.

Even buying all new materials, you can build the 8×12 portion of the cabin — insulated, drywall, foundation and roofing — for just $2,000 according to Lamar’s calculations.

Note: Lamar does not sell pre-built cabins, but you can buy his plans for it here for just $5!

Plans are 35 pages full color in PDF ebook form and includes all framing for the cabin, porch, addition and patio. Material list for cabin and recommendations for materials and equipment is included. Buy it here!

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Lamar’s 8×12 Walden Cabin (Plans available)

Somehow he manages to fit everything into this super small space!

There’s even a loft bedroom upstairs!

And here’s what it would look like with the 9×8 addition.

VIDEO: Walden Cabin Sleeps 4 under $2,000

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Natalie C. McKee

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Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife and mama of two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar jerry dycus
    May 26, 2020, 12:29 pm

    Lamar did a great job for a minimum viable home He has some other good designs too.
    I’d never use drywall in a trailer or anywhere. Door skin, 1/4″ ply, etc either varnished or painted is far easier, cheaper, lasts far longer, doesn’t crack while moving and weighs less..
    Saying it sleeps 4 means that is all it can do with 4 people, 2 is the max for any amount of time and 1 is better.
    I liked the addition as more simple and maybe 2 additions facing each other especially 10′ wide would be killer.
    Tiny homes are prefect now as those getting unemployment will get a total of $7200 over 10 wks on top of state unemployment and with time available, building a TH is a smart way to survive the next 2 yrs.
    Or even build them for rent, sale as a new job, income. Just keep your overhead very low so you can make money at a low prices.
    Except for some plumbing, door, I built a 10’x16′ for under $3k in new parts in 2 days with a helper. I’m really good but most handy people should be able to build a simple TH in a few weeks. The trick is picking a simple one with 1 roof plane, bath/kitchen on one end and open the rest if 10′ wide, can use standard furniture and far more flexible than 8′ wide.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      May 26, 2020, 3:09 pm

      Thanks Jerry. That’s awesome that you built that!

    • Avatar Richard
      October 12, 2020, 4:32 am

      Jerry (or anyone else who might know), would that ” 10’x16′ for under $3k ” scale up linearly?

      In other words, could you build ‘2’ of those (in form of a single 20 x 16 structure) for around $6k?
      Or ‘4’ of them (say, as a 20 x 32 structure) for $12k?

      Or does going bigger automatically jack the cost for some reason/s?
      I’m trying to figure out what might be the most cost-effective size for a small (but not tiny) home.
      Thanks so much for any feedback.

  • Avatar RICKY CHERRY
    May 26, 2020, 2:29 pm

    I paid for the plans and did not receive a download of plans.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      May 26, 2020, 3:07 pm

      Hi Ricky. Contact Lamar at lamar5292 @ yahoo.com for problems with the order. He should be able to send them!

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