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SwampRabbit 01-15-2014 03:20 PM

My Mini Hunting Lodge
 
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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.

SwampRabbit 01-15-2014 03:22 PM

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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.

SwampRabbit 01-15-2014 03:24 PM

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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.

HildaTx 01-15-2014 03:26 PM

Awesome.

SwampRabbit 01-15-2014 03:26 PM

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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" ;)b

3DW5 01-15-2014 03:27 PM

Dude, thats super cool.. And your on a lease? What you gonna do if you ever get off of it?

bwssr 01-15-2014 03:30 PM

simple is most always a good thing....wouldn't take much to finish out

SwampRabbit 01-15-2014 03:33 PM

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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.

Bro. Bill 01-15-2014 03:35 PM

I like it!!
Great job

czechaholic 01-15-2014 03:36 PM

Sweet!!

SwampRabbit 01-15-2014 03:40 PM

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Originally Posted by 3DW5 (Post 8148976)
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.

SwampRabbit 01-15-2014 09:27 PM

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Originally Posted by bwssr (Post 8148992)
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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Originally Posted by Bro. Bill (Post 8149009)
I like it!!
Great job

Thanks!

austinmike 01-15-2014 09:38 PM

Wow super nice

lovemylegacy 01-15-2014 10:41 PM

Cozy!

FullDrawFanatic 01-16-2014 12:26 AM

Classy!!!

ballgame 01-16-2014 08:18 AM

very cool

ChrisB 01-16-2014 08:43 AM

Pretty cool

pblaetz 01-16-2014 08:45 AM

Awesome.....I could hide out in there for the rest of my life!

hollywood40 01-16-2014 08:52 AM

Cool idea and turned out great.

KAM1970 01-16-2014 08:56 AM

Nice! great job

Timemachine 01-16-2014 09:04 AM

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.

Brazos Sepert 01-16-2014 09:05 AM

great job

SwampRabbit 01-16-2014 10:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Timemachine (Post 8152048)
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.

bwssr 01-16-2014 10:15 AM

were is the hammock?

Outback77 01-16-2014 10:19 AM

Very nice

SwampRabbit 01-16-2014 10:30 AM

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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.

TexasBear 01-16-2014 10:46 AM

Very cool!

Sooner89 01-16-2014 10:46 AM

Thats awesome, great job

Pullersboy 01-16-2014 11:25 AM

Cool idea. Cost efficient and simple.

okie/texan 01-16-2014 12:35 PM

Looks good

texan16 01-16-2014 03:59 PM

Perfect

Strain 01-16-2014 04:06 PM

nothing wrong with that

SFAbowhunter 01-16-2014 04:14 PM

Man that is perfect! Awesome job!

sgtau44 01-16-2014 04:58 PM

Awesome. What powers the Christmas lights?

Coach W 01-16-2014 05:02 PM

Probably that long red extension cord ;)

Daniel32 01-16-2014 05:04 PM

Looks Good

zcole04 01-16-2014 05:07 PM

Perfect little spot.

SwampRabbit 01-16-2014 05:19 PM

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Originally Posted by sgtau44 (Post 8154178)
Awesome. What powers the Christmas lights?

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Originally Posted by Coach W (Post 8154192)
Probably that long red extension cord ;)

What he said :D

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.

sgtau44 01-16-2014 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Coach W (Post 8154192)
Probably that long red extension cord ;)

Haha! I'm a dumb a!

JoseyWales82 01-16-2014 05:51 PM

i definitely like it!

JoseyWales82 01-16-2014 05:52 PM

makes me wanna build one. I just dont have a really good excuse for one yet.

Gunnyart 01-17-2014 09:27 AM

Well done. Have you tracked the total cost?

flywise 01-17-2014 10:04 AM

Great job
Sweet little cabin and like you I like simple and cheap as possible
Very nice

smokeless 01-17-2014 12:56 PM

A 12volt light bulb and a car battery will give you plenty of light.

Kenny Borel 01-17-2014 04:35 PM

Like the "protection" too!!

SwampRabbit 01-17-2014 07:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Gunnyart (Post 8156647)
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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Originally Posted by Kenny Borel (Post 8158308)
Like the "protection" too!!

noticed the Nano did ya? :D

FtHoodBowHunter 01-18-2014 10:08 AM

Nice. Been thinking about doing something like myself when I get some land

Rubi513 01-18-2014 10:17 AM

Looks awesome!

BWDean 01-18-2014 11:03 AM

[QUOTE=SwampRabbit;8150737]The simplicity of something small and efficient.



There is a joke there, but I will leave it alone.

patriotstang 01-18-2014 03:47 PM

I like it, I just need to find a lease to build me one on.


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