Thursday, December 13, 2012

Reading an eBook about building a cabin.

I bought an eBook from a guy in Utah who lives in a 14x14 foot cabin that he built by himself - even the roof, though he strongly recommends you get a couple extra hands for that part. It's quaint. The eBook and the guy's cabin. The book gives step-by-step directions which have just the right amount of detail for someone like me who is extremely novice but not completely useless. He doesn't explain how to screw two boards together, but he takes the time to explain what somebody with building experience might take for granted.

My $7.00 bought just about that much information and entertainment. I'm happy that the large majority of those bucks are going straight to the guy who is trying to spread information about a simpler way of life. His work deserves financial reward.

The directions are for basic wood-framed construction, and the whole project is highly possible. I'm completely taken with small houses, just like thousands of others. The draw of a simple life without monthly bills is strong. This cabin is the simplest, least expensive and least intimidating I've seen. There are hints and tips for scavenging most of the supplies - but if you want to buy it all up front, the materials come to about $2,000. Or - another way to look at it - about my yearly rent.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Me again, the guy who always posts anonymously: ever check these out, tiny homes built on utility/car trailer frames...more great use of AutoCAD http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/

Best,
Chris, VA

Three Speed said...

Oh, HECK yeah, I've seen the Tumbleweed Houses. I've been looking at that website for years. I've also noticed that the plans are done up in AutoCAD and this was just one more reason I wanted to learn the program - to customize or create my own house plans.

I'm trying to stick to a low budget. "Frugal" barely touches the shoestring budget I'm trying to stick to. There's always time for upgrades and additions, and that's another reason I'm drawn to the tiny house idea.

But at first: I'm going to keep it as simple as possible. For a low-medium handy guy like me, the easier the better. As I get more experience and time - and money - I'll consider something as ornate and absolutely breathtakingly beautiful as the B-53 Tumbleweed Home.

Kristin gets googly-eyed looking at the B-53. I promised we could live in it if she pays for it, and I'll get the land. When comparing prices, however, a $2000 scavenged-parts cabin starts looking reeeeeally good.

Chris Also