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How to Build Your Own Tiny Cabin


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

This gives you a good idea on the basic construction of a house and what it takes to get it done.

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How to Build Your Own Tiny Cabin

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.

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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 ?

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN 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.

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