|Setting up camp when we arrived, Jun 30.|
The first step to building a cabin is creating a foundation. Our foundation is a post and pier foundation. We dug holes 4 feet into the ground (that is the frost line here) then dumped a bag of quikcrete into the hole and set a 6x6 post. These posts must set overnight to before building the floor. Our cabin required 10 posts for proper support.
After the foundation, a floor is laid. First we positioned joist hangers (metal brackets to hold the floor boards in place) 16" apart on center. Then 2x12x16 boards were placed in the hanger and screwed. The 4 center floorboards were doubled up for added strength. Then plywood was positioned on top of the floor boards and screwed down.
The most difficult part is pictured above to the left. Placing the ridge beam. The beam is extremely long and heavy. After the rafters are in place, plywood is laid on the roof, pictured above right.
After the roof is complete, windows and a door were put into place. Now it looks like a house!
We purchased the siding and enough lumber to build a porch but unfortunately we ran short of time. Our future plans include building a cistern water system and a solar and wind electrical system. We need to add insulation and a woodstove for the cold months. We also would like to build foldable bunk beds for the kids.