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Old 01-15-2014, 02:20 PM   #1
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Last year (2012) I got on my first lease after just hunting public land the few years before. It's out in the hill country and since I liked to tent camp, I decided to build a tent platform like you would see hiking some thru hiking trails. I build an 8x8 deck and figured I'd turn it into a shanty later on so I could keep the cows from chewing on my tent. At the end of the first season I hadn't improved it past the deck and corner posts.
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:22 PM   #2
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So this season, before it started, I decided on whim to go ahead and build out the framing. Actually others in camp decided to copy me and build a full building in one case and another deck in another. I ended up throwing a tarp on for a roof and slept under it with just a bug net. If it rained, I pitched the tent inside.
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:24 PM   #3
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Towards the end of the season I got some donated paint and plywood and put the walls up. Now I really could just sleep in it without worrying about rain. The tarp was holding up well.
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:26 PM   #4
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:26 PM   #5
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Then when just when the cold weather arrived, I had time to fabricate some doors. There are two doors to create a breezeway during the hotter months. One door faces the center of camp... the other is the door to the "men's room"
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:27 PM   #6
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Dude, thats super cool.. And your on a lease? What you gonna do if you ever get off of it?
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:30 PM   #7
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simple is most always a good thing....wouldn't take much to finish out
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:33 PM   #8
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On the last trip out, the family came out and with some help of a new friend/neighbor, we put up a permanent roof. My wife painted it to blend it in more with the environment. Plenty more on the todo list. Need to put up some trim and re-enforce the eaves on the gables with some 2xs. Also need to put flashing to prevent cuts since roof comes down to face level.
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:35 PM   #9
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I like it!!
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:36 PM   #10
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:40 PM   #11
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Dude, thats super cool.. And your on a lease? What you gonna do if you ever get off of it?
Everything is put together with screws with the exception of a couple of walls. I used Timberlock structural screws to connect joists, walls, and the roof trusses (i went with a trussed roof. I estimate it could all come down in large peices in the matter of 2-3 hours and hauled out on a 4x8 utility trailer.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:27 PM   #12
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simple is most always a good thing....wouldn't take much to finish out
I have always been fascinated with little houses and cabins. The simplicity of something small and efficient.

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Old 01-15-2014, 08:38 PM   #13
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Wow super nice
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:41 PM   #14
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:26 PM   #15
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Classy!!!
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:18 AM   #16
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very cool
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:43 AM   #17
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:45 AM   #18
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Awesome.....I could hide out in there for the rest of my life!
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:52 AM   #19
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Cool idea and turned out great.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:56 AM   #20
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Nice! great job
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:04 AM   #21
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I did the same thing years back. I want to share the single most important thing I learned from mine. LOFT. I added a small loft to mine after the first season. I did it so I could have more room. Well, I figured out real quick it was easier to keep warm at night by sleeping in the loft. I found that even the smallest of heaters would keep the loft toasty while the ground level was still very chilly.

Hope this is helpfull. I love your cabin!! Best of luck.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:05 AM   #22
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:09 AM   #23
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I did the same thing years back. I want to share the single most important thing I learned from mine. LOFT. I added a small loft to mine after the first season. I did it so I could have more room. Well, I figured out real quick it was easier to keep warm at night by sleeping in the loft. I found that even the smallest of heaters would keep the loft toasty while the ground level was still very chilly.

Hope this is helpfull. I love your cabin!! Best of luck.
This is helpful, thank you. I've been tossing around how I will build out the inside. I dismissed the loft idea when I decided to have two doors. I did at one point go back on myself and thought about making the other door a window instead, but then framed up the door and stuck to my guns of having a breezeway.

But now that I think about it, I could still build a loft in the back where the middle section could fold up out of the way.
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:15 AM   #24
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were is the hammock?
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:19 AM   #25
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:30 AM   #26
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A couple pictures of the inside at night. This was before we put up the tin roof. I used 2 strands of white christmas lights around the inside and it lit that plus up like crazy. I have a bunch of those puzzle peice foam matts that make an 8'x8' from when my son was younger that I will use during the winter to keep the underfloor draft out.
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:46 AM   #27
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Very cool!
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:46 AM   #28
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Thats awesome, great job
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:25 AM   #29
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Cool idea. Cost efficient and simple.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:35 AM   #30
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Old 01-16-2014, 02:59 PM   #31
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:06 PM   #32
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nothing wrong with that
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:14 PM   #33
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Man that is perfect! Awesome job!
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:58 PM   #34
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Awesome. What powers the Christmas lights?
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:02 PM   #35
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Probably that long red extension cord
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:04 PM   #36
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Looks Good
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:07 PM   #37
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Perfect little spot.
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:19 PM   #38
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Probably that long red extension cord
What he said

I have thought about taking a marine battery out there with a solar panel and an inverter since the only thing I really run is the low power christmas lights and my cell phone charger.... but that would just be to prove an otherwise silly point to myself.
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:37 PM   #39
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Probably that long red extension cord
Haha! I'm a dumb a!
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:51 PM   #40
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i definitely like it!
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:52 PM   #41
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makes me wanna build one. I just dont have a really good excuse for one yet.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:27 AM   #42
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Well done. Have you tracked the total cost?
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:04 AM   #43
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Great job
Sweet little cabin and like you I like simple and cheap as possible
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:56 AM   #44
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A 12volt light bulb and a car battery will give you plenty of light.
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:35 PM   #45
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Like the "protection" too!!
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:14 PM   #46
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Well done. Have you tracked the total cost?
I spent $225 on the deck the first year. If I went straight to the house I could have ditched the 4 4x4s and used plywood instead of decking. That would have come to around $150.

This year was $100 on framing (all 2x4s) $50 on plywood ($75 worth free)$100 on the roof and $75 in screws and hardware and paint.

so I have put in about $550 in it. Done over, would be about the same since the free stuff made up for the overcost of the deck. I also have leftover ply and 2xs for finishing the roof ends, etc.

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noticed the Nano did ya?
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:08 AM   #47
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Nice. Been thinking about doing something like myself when I get some land
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Looks awesome!
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:03 AM   #49
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[QUOTE=SwampRabbit;8150737]The simplicity of something small and efficient.



There is a joke there, but I will leave it alone.
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Old 01-18-2014, 02:47 PM   #50
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I like it, I just need to find a lease to build me one on.
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