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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.

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How to Build Your Own Tiny Cabin


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How to Build Your Own Tiny Cabin

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  • Avatar Bob Brandon

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

    • Avatar Dick

      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.

    • Avatar Steve in Micco

      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! 😜

      • Avatar Eric

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

        • Avatar Steve in Micco

          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.

        • Avatar Eric

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

  • Avatar Toney Raines

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

  • Avatar jake

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

  • Avatar Gabrielle Charest

    How about building on a cement slab?

  • Avatar Yedida

    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) 😉

    • Avatar Paul Lyell

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


    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…

  • Avatar Elva

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

  • Avatar Takata

    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]

  • Avatar steven tinling

    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

  • Avatar Alex PC

    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.

  • Avatar Tim Emanuel

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

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