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Old 09-06-2017, 12:54 PM   #1
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I have been researching and following other members builds and wanted to share my experience on a cabin build. Hoping to do it in stages over the next few months.


I inherited a tract of land in the Fredericksburg area that has been in our family since it was settled by a couple that made the trek from Germany to Galveston to Fredericksburg in 1845. The property is very raw, with little interior roads, lots of cedar and no well or septic. I do have power to a corner though. I have been poor boying it when I go out there, staying in at first a tent, then a storage container when the heat permitted. Finally got to a point where it made since to build something a bit more permanent and comfortable.


After a lot of different ideas decided to go with a 16x40 2 story cabin shell built by Alco Cabins, http://alcocabins.com/ . A guy named Carl built it and so far I think he did a really great job and am very happy with it. He stayed in a popup trailer during the week while he was working on the cabin and would go back to the San Antonio area on the weekends. It took him about 4 weeks to complete. He had the materials delivered and built on a site that had minimal preconstruction work. It was about $25Gs for the base model (I added some windows and the metal roof).


I have a local guy that is going to finish out the inside for me. We laid out the interior which is shown on the sketch, it has the right dimensions, but the windows are a bit different. He is going to paint the exterior and frame the inside walls next month. Then pop out some of first floor ceiling, and replace them with cedar beams to make a lofted area over the kitchen.


After that we will address the plumbing and electrical. I haven't decided on a water heater or AC/heater yet and would really like to hear any suggestions. I am thinking of going with a 30 gallon water heater that will go under the stairs and a ductless AC.

Also wanted to get any opinions on staining the deck. My old country boy GC is telling me the wood deck will last just as long with less maintenance if I don't stain it. Says it allows the wood to breathe better. Anyone have any experience with this?


Very round numbers here, but including materials I am budgeting -


$5K - prime and paint exterior
$5K- frame walls/cedar beams
$3K - plumbing/water heater
$5K - Electrical/AC
$2K - Insulation
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$20K - total
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Old 09-06-2017, 12:59 PM   #2
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a few more pics
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:00 PM   #3
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This is pretty awesome so far.
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:13 PM   #4
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Congrats! That is very nice!
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:43 PM   #5
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Very nice.
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:47 PM   #6
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looks nice!
i'd go with a tankless water heater.
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:51 PM   #7
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That is looking good. A buddy of ours built one alot like that and even the area looks identical, made me do a double take.
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:52 PM   #8
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Trying to read plans. Has kitchen right? Looks good!!!
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:55 PM   #9
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That's really nice, congrats.
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:56 PM   #10
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Very cool!
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:10 PM   #11
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very nice Carson!
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:19 PM   #12
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Trying to read plans. Has kitchen right? Looks good!!!
Thank you all.

Kitchen is on the right wall. Pantry is in one corner, fridge in the other, sink and cabinets in the middle centered under the window,
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:36 PM   #13
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Wow that looks awesome!! Tagged to see how this finishes out!!
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:39 PM   #14
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Too cool. I want one
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:41 PM   #15
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That's awesome!
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:44 PM   #16
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Very nice!

Your ext. paint and prime is about 3500 too high.

If you choose foam insulation your about 1300 low.

Imo of course

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Old 09-06-2017, 02:48 PM   #17
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Looks Good!! What do you figure you will have in it after its complete?
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:52 PM   #18
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Very nice! I'll be waiting on more pics.
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Old 09-06-2017, 03:22 PM   #19
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very nice! I am in for completion.
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Old 09-06-2017, 03:44 PM   #20
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That's awesome! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-06-2017, 03:48 PM   #21
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Very nice
I like that porch
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:07 PM   #22
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That thing has AWESOME jumping off my screen! Congrats...IN for more pics.
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:21 PM   #23
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Very nice, you'll enjoy it.

I built mine which is similar but without the dormers from the ground up back in 2004. I used Hardie panels on the outside and Smart siding on the interior. It has all the comforts of home and makes a great weekend/hunting place to stay.






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Old 09-06-2017, 04:38 PM   #24
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Looks awesome! In for more pics!
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:46 PM   #25
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Sweet! More pics! Plz!
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:08 PM   #26
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Nice set up you've got.
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:20 PM   #27
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Good looking place you got going there.


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Old 09-06-2017, 09:29 PM   #28
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Looking great - keep us updated. On staining treated lumber we let it dry out a year then apply. Allows for the stain to penetrate better. Agree with the GC that the green lumber "needs to breathe" but after a year you are good to go. The Texas sun is a lot more intense than ours so you will definitely want to protect it down the road.
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:36 PM   #29
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:43 PM   #30
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Awesome! Subscribed. I love these threads.
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Old 09-06-2017, 10:05 PM   #31
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Looks great! Definitely would go with a ductless AC/heat pump. A good one big enough for that area will likely cost 2500-3000 installed.
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Old 09-06-2017, 10:38 PM   #32
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freakin sweet
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Old 09-06-2017, 10:55 PM   #33
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Man that is AWESOME. I'll be checking back for pics!! Looks like a nice place for it.
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Old 09-07-2017, 05:24 AM   #34
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Looks great. Tagged for updates.
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Old 09-07-2017, 11:42 AM   #35
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I have been having some issues uploading some pics due to the size. But was able to get these to go.
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:37 PM   #36
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Very nice!

Just what I need on the property we've been eyeballing
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:41 PM   #37
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What are you going to do for water?

Well or cistern?
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:47 PM   #38
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Awesome
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Old 09-07-2017, 05:08 PM   #39
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It looks great. The only question I would ask is why do you want to take out the ceiling over the kitchen. Looks like that will get rid of some very usable square footage that's already built. I know I would regret it later. Overall though, it's awesome.
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Old 09-07-2017, 07:47 PM   #40
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I would go tankless on the water heater and mini split on the AC
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:26 PM   #41
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I love it. I have a lease in Harper. You seeing any deer?
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Old 09-08-2017, 06:26 AM   #42
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That is awesome. Congrats on the build
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Old 09-08-2017, 06:35 AM   #43
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Awesome, love the look and the fact of the history of the property, too cool.


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Old 09-08-2017, 10:55 AM   #44
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I think I have plenty of room for 2 beds rooms and enough extra room on the loft to add a bunk bed or even another queen bed down the road. I am going to use the ply wood that I pull up to reinforce the floor of the loft so it doesn't bounce so much when my fat as* walks on it. If I need the room later on, I can just throw the plywood back down. It is really just going to be me any my girlfriend, so I think I have plenty of room to work with.

Going to bite the bullet and dig a well, but it will be one of the last things I do, mainly to spread out the costs. I have my rancher working with the county to see if we can get any government cheese to help out.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:00 AM   #45
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Very nice! You're going to love it.

We elected not to stain our deck/porch. It's 8'x24' with railings like yours. We just let the treated lumber dry for a year that used a water sealant on it.

Still looks great and we like the natural look of it.

Tankless water heater is the way to go and as far as ac/heating goes with that size of a cabin I'd put in central air and heat. Just my .02 cents worth.
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