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We bought A cabin kit so we could build our own cabin. The cabin will be 28x20 plus a 6 foot covered front deck. (32x20)

my husband John, my son Shayne and we put it together in under a week. Thank goodness for scaffolding!

We had a engineer draw up and approve the plans, that were supplied by Bavarian Cottages, so we could meet the building requirements and get a building permit. We hired a company to come in and Install screw piles and beams.

Special thanks to Paula and Michael of Bavarian Cottages for all their help, advice and constant availability via phone or text!

The cabin

The cabin once the outside was done. It still needs its side deck and stairs and the ceiling needs insulation and tongue and groove put in but the outside is done and the inside is varathaned.

Screw in pilings and support beams. First inspection of footings. Passed.

All the material is delivered!

Framing the floor

I was insulating while my son and husband laid the subfloor

End of day 1 second inspection, floor and insulation both passed.

Walls going up. The building is like a “Lincoln Log” Set, each piece notched to fit together.

Front going on.


Loft support wall.

Looking down from the loft.

End of day 2. 1st framing inspection. Passed.

Back wall up.

Main engineered roof beam going in.

Our son was the only one tall enough to apply pressure and get the beam into the notch!

End of day 3. Structural inspection, passed.

Day 4: 2 x 10 Roof joists up.

Strapping on. Framing inspection, passed.

Day 5. Metal roof going on.

Building exterior is done. Engineering inspection, passed.

Stained. Dark oak.

Stain done.

Inside is varathaned.

Now we wait for electricians to wire it, before we are allowed to put in insulation, and have another building inspection.

Suggested materials:
  • Wood cottage kit   (Bavarian Cottages, Kamloops BC)
  • Scaffolding   (Ladders)
  • Stain.
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  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Jul 21, 2020

    What about the bathrooms?

  • Rose Tovey Rose Tovey on Jul 22, 2020

    If you kept track of the expenses, about how much was the kit with taxes and delivered? And about how much were the other materials you had to buy? (Counting cabinets, but not counting furniture, etc.) How will you use this? A guest cottage? I will have to look back to see if the cabin dimensions were mentioned. Thanks!

  • Diana Diana on Mar 25, 2021

    Would it be possible to share the plans for a fee? Also what are your plans for a bathroom and kitchen?

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