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How to Build Your Own Tiny Cabin

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This is Brad’s tutorial on how to build your own tiny cabin on a foundation.

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How to Build Your Own Tiny Cabin


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Setting up your foundation correctly is crucial

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How to Build Your Own Tiny Cabin

Having a plan for your framing, windows, foundation, etc. is also necessary for most builders. Of course, there are exceptions out there. Master builders who can build with no plans!

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Framing the tiny cabin with teamwork 🙂

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Getting ready for roofing the tiny cabin…

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VIDEO: How to Design/Build Your Own Tiny Cabin

The Finished Tiny Cabin…

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Video: Tiny Cabin in the Woods (Cabin Project)

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Bob Brandon
    March 29, 2016, 9:57 am

    Skunks, rats, and woodchucks will just love those crawl spaces.

    • Dick
      March 29, 2017, 6:37 pm

      How true, how true. Good point, Bob. We don’t live in a TH, but we do have critter problems–in a small town! Haven’t had skunks for a couple of years, ever since we trapped Mama, but we did trap a woodchuck a week or so ago, and we think there’s a possum there now, so the trap has been re-set. We have a crawl space, but they dig under the foundation to get in…

      By the way, a definition of a real friend: one who supplies your traps, collects them when filled, and shoots the critter(s) for you–even the skunks.

    • Steve in Micco
      March 29, 2017, 8:23 pm

      Very nice….not certain if it would hold up well in humid coadtal central Florida…but nice none the less!

      The critters here to worry about are rattles and moccasins…here everything bites! 😜

      • Eric
        March 29, 2017, 11:27 pm

        …including the people??? LOL, just kidding.

        • Steve in Micco
          March 30, 2017, 7:55 am

          Eric, especially the people…and I am NOT kidding! LOL

          But the snakes do love to hide in the recesses and the thick stuff. Tell all my visitors to keep their pants on while going for a hike in the surrounding woods.

        • Eric
          November 12, 2018, 3:02 pm

          @Steve in Micco: That’s why I love living in NZ. The most dangerous critters are Bikies (gangs) and Pollies.

  • Toney Raines
    March 29, 2016, 10:03 am

    Nice, I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • jake
    March 30, 2016, 1:42 am

    Yeah. Crawlers love crawl spaces. That can/should/probably-will-be remedied. But the instructional video, story & commentary were pretty awesome.

  • Gabrielle Charest
    March 30, 2016, 3:15 am

    How about building on a cement slab?

  • Yedida
    March 29, 2017, 6:24 pm

    I built a fully finished cottage with double stand-up lofts – about 650 square feet total, with electricity, full bathroom, running water and everything, on a concrete slab, for not much more than that ($8500) 😉

    • Paul Lyell
      March 29, 2017, 11:00 pm

      Do you have a detailed post about your build? Care to share some info ?

    March 29, 2017, 9:17 pm

    I have had more than my share of building on concrete slabs in my life time…! It all seems to permanent for me these days, But I on the other hand have nothing against it as long as I don’t have to participate in it’s construction…

  • Elva
    February 2, 2018, 10:38 pm

    I meant to comment on Yedida’s build and hit the wrong button. I would also love more details on this affordable build. Thanks!

  • Takata
    October 22, 2018, 10:32 am

    How do you decide on the angle of the roof trusses? You showed everything but how you put up/made/secured the trusses. I would be extremely interested in that. You can e-mail me at [email protected]

  • steven tinling
    November 12, 2018, 3:28 pm

    Easy enough to screen the crawl space. Could have been deeper for access to underuse piping. My concern is that the foundation wood is not treated. Leaves the house open to early, difficult repairs

  • Alex PC
    November 12, 2018, 6:14 pm

    I recently built an 8 x 12 shed on the same principles, joists on a cinder block foundation. In order to mitigate the ‘critter problem’, I dug a 6 to 8 inch deep trench all around the foundation, then stapled chicken wire around the perimeter and into the trench. Then filled in the trench. It should keep the bigger critters out. You also can use a finer mesh, but you should allow air flow to allow it to dry out. A slab would solve it too but is significantly more expensive.

  • Tim Emanuel
    January 15, 2019, 11:40 pm

    Never build the deck and the main floor at the same level, water will seep in.

  • Shaun
    July 26, 2020, 11:37 am

    What software did you use for designing your cabin?

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