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How to Build a 12×20 Cabin on a Budget

Original Instructable article: http://www.instructables.How-to-Build-a-12×20-Cabin-on-a-Budget

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 I wanted to have a cabin on my property for quite some time now but with the economy, The prices of having one built has more than doubled… So i had to build it myself . Six years ago i bought a 12×16 shed from a well known company by where i live. It cost 2,000.00 for them to build it and drop it off.  Now that same building  would cost 4200,00 dollars.After i was finished with this building with the door and 3 windows the total amount i spent was 2200.00 dollars

If you would like to see the finished inside instructable please click here …http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-finish-the-inside-of-a-12-x-20-cabin-on-a-b/

If you would like to see the matching modern outhouse Please check this out … http://www.instructables.com/id/modern-outhouse/

 
 
     
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Step 1: Floor Illustration

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 Here is the 12×20 floor plan showing where the 4x4s and the floor joists would be located.
 
 

Step 2: Drilling and planting the posts

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1ST PIC*  Shows my  ford tractor and my neighbors post hole digger he let me borrow.
2nd pic * shows the post planted and the bottom 2×10 Stringers.
3rd & 4th  pic* Shows the upper 2×10 x 12 and the 2x10x16 upper stringers being nailed in at 7 foot 8 inches.
 
 

Step 3: Setting the center rafter board

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This picture shows the center rafter board . I measured over 6 foot to the center . The roof is going to be a 5/12 pitch roof so the rafter board had to be 30 inches to the top of the board .
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About pfiddle

Fiddle teacher - mostly Irish trad. Fiddle, mandolin and concertina. Eco-warrior, won E.U. Green Flower Award for Eco Accommodation. Also Irish (Gold) GHA. Green Hospitality Award. Mad keen on self-build - especially straw-bale and cob. 55 with a full head of (slightly) graying hair. No tattoos or piercings. Fond of animals - but legally so. Fond of food - I eat nothing else. Vegetarian by choice, Irish by the grace of birth, Munster by force of (rugby) arms.

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