The one thing I've found with most small cabin designs is that a lot of space gets used up on the main floor by a bedroom.
This was the floor plan I started working with and it keeps changing for the better thanks to this site. As anyone here in the Maritimes knows we have seen tremendous amounts of rain in the last 30 days or so, Two series of floods, and a bunch more rain to boot. Thanks TheWire.We looked at that possibility and I talked to a buddy of mine here in town who works for Intertape Polymer who makes it and I guess the short term answer is yes it is a roofing underlayment, however, it is woven plastic composition allows it to breath a little not completely a non-pourous.
First off, thank you for asking those with the design and build experiece for our suggestions.
By the time you get clearances for a door, room to walk around a bed, maybe a closet and some side tables and almost 100sq feet or space is used for a room that really only gets used for sleeping. AND in ADDITION to that you need double studs or 4 by posts in the wall below taking a direct path to bearing to the rim beams or foundation. I have decided that for this year I am going to forgo the metal roof and a couple minutes I am heading out to button up the roof, sheet the gable ends and eaves. I realized as I was going through things I hadn't quite finished my thoughts on the cabin. We decided to go this way as the break down time is longer upwards of 6-7 months where as a product like tyvek is about 3-4 months. Before you go buying software, you have programs that help you if you get familiar with the free ones. If you can get the sleeping function into a loft you can keep closets on the main floor, maybe on each side of a built-in sofa that also has storage drawers under the seat. I bought it a while back but from what I recall it was only a couple bucks.I am using 16X16 main floor and 16X20 overhanging loft. If you notice in the pictures all the studs line up on top of each other to transfer the weight load straight to foundation supports. I have been lurking in this forum for awhile and also brainstorming over a hand drawn floor plan of this design.
My design once finished and with the bunk configs will sleep eight on the second floor leaving the main for lving space. Make it weather tight then wrap it next weekend with synthetic house wrap, strap it an call is a year until spring. We have decided as I think I may have mentioned in the past to just wrap and strap the cabin until spring.
The other areas that tend to suffer size-wise are the bathroom, kitchen, and mudroom (or lack of).
Keep in mind that once you enclose a loft and put in closets you must provide egress windows to code for fire escape.
All the while trying to maximize the space of its small footprint (tryin to fit in that shower!).
So last weekend I went out and finished the opposite gable end and trimmed the front eaves. Here the time is about to change and the nights are dark shortly after 6:30pm no time after work. I can appreciate banking funds, We are building with cash also and things are beginning to get a little tight here too.
For the winter I braced up the lofts as I figure over the course of this winter the hydraulis pressure on the camp with settle everything just a bit.
To me at the time I looked into it thats why we went.If we were going to be able to get to the siding instantly I would have used a tyvek wrap on the sides of the house with the permafelt for the roofing. If your ability limits you to a single floor, here is a simple plan I slapped together in about 10 minutes using Windows Paint.
I'm pressing on with my roof though because I need to be able to get my wood stove in and get weather tight so i can devote my time (this is my job right now) finishing the inside.
The last 2 peices were 4x8 sheets of OSB over the opening, finished wrapping and strapping it.
If possible, have you considered using an indoor furnace (like "Profab")installed in a small out building?
I wanted to ask if you ever thought about extending the front bedroom over a front porch to increase depth? Doing it paycheck to paycheck like others on here has taken me this long so I'll deal with that idea next spring.
The one thing I really preferred was getting rid of an indoor wood stove and using a Profab indoor wood furnace in a separate building (which can also heat all your hot water needs) and used radiant tubing on the main floor.
You would free up a lot of floor space, keep wood, ash and soot out of the cabin, and get hot domestic water too. I could have custom ordered it but I would have to orde rmore than I needed and it was going to be at least 4 weeks probably more before it came in. So we went out and built a cross and spread the remainder of my grandfather with my grandmother had a make shift service just my dad and I as we worked.
Small and simple kitchen with a larger living room area, fold out sofa bed, and a table to seat 4-6 people. You would have to heat with radiant floor tubing, but you also avoid having a heat source blasting away indoors in the hot summer just to cook.
I just couldn't wait considering we have been doing good to be into November with no white stuff.
I still to this date, have not sketched a single image or idea on paper for my cabin, and I am for the most part done building. I don't know you (or your assistants) building abilities, which is a major consideration. I did the double run Friday night as I had to work until 1pm on yesterday.Go figure the rain rolled in about 11am and by the time I got off work and got out the property it was only about 62 degrees and puring like a bugger. Maybe you guys could show me some of your self-drawn plans, or point me in a good direction to where I can design my own.
I'm new to this stuff, and cannot design my own on paper that I like, I always run into alot of complications. You, better than us, know the limitations of your weather, soil or footings and what will be best for your area or what will be buildable. If I haven't mentioned between this site and google both have been a tremendous resources. The way we started the plywood as the front facia board is not on is we measured up 45" from one corner and snapped a level chaulk line acorss and started the first course based off that line.
Hard to believe no snow and warm on Nov 9 and 11th and yesterday snow.It was neat to see the snow accumilation on the roof I was wondering the effect of the horizontal strapping would have. No whoever tells you the Black chaulk works in all conditions as I found out yesterday is full of it. I consulted with a contractor buddy of mine he indicated this way I can attach the siding in the spring without having to redo.The roof was a little different story.
Good thing is it looks like once the slots are full it won't build up to too much it will just blow off.
By the time we got the first row tacked on we were fighting to find the line.Once it was up it went pretty seamless except fo r the fact of me lifting up the sheets to my buddy on the staging then having to climb up it wore me out faster then i would have thought. I would have strapped vertically if it was up to me so not to impeed any snow which may build up this winter, however, again to avoid duplication of work he sugested to strap horizontally. I'll probably get things ready and put my piers in this fall, then next spring get cracking at it asap. I'm sure more of us will blurt in ideas as we get away from our cabins and back to the internet. He also advised based on the roof ridge cap and the rake adn eaves trim to double strap the edges of the rook.
The row ended with a 4" peice which we used as the starter piece for the second row, and up we went.
I have heard of roof jacks before but I have to tell you they work some slick.Because of work I have some commitments for the local Major Junior A hockey team, so between that plus the rain and being so sore from going up and down we decided to pull the plug around 5pm. You can see that strapping vertically also gave a little help as a ladder going up the roof. Before we left after finishing the first side with the exception of the top 14" we tore down the staing and moved it around back and set it up to make it easier on us today. Here is some shots looking up the roof from the side and some shots inside looking over the bridge towards were the peak will be. I have never been a big fan of heights but as we were finishing you could find me at the peak. This leaves me the front to finish the eaves and facia board, wrap and strap and call it a season. Well it is still raining and on my way back to out to finish the second side of the roof and hopefully one of the Gable ends closed in as well.
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