The Cheryl Cabin by Pin-up Houses

The following is a guest post by Joshua Woodsman from Pin-up houses.

Every single man have a dream to build a cabin. Cabin according to your wishes and ideas. Place where you can escape from everyday stress and worries. Cabin homes are typically small homes, designed with simplicity.  Often used as vacation homes for families or just for a couple. These compact small homes offer a warm ambiance, creating an intimacy that can be lacking in larger, more formal homes. Small cabins are ideal for those who looking to build a smart, flexible, cost-efficient, and energy-saving home. Small homes are more affordable and easier to build, heat, cool, clean, and maintain.

The most important step in building a house is easy-to-follow plans. Pin-up houses offer these very plans. Here we have the Cheryl Cabin. It can be used as a holiday home, a guesthouse, or simply a place to escape in your garden. The plans clearly describe the entire process in detail. Anyone can build this cabin.

The porch offers a dry comfortable place to enjoy your coffee or read your favorite book, alone… or to celebrate with friends. As founder and architect of Pin-up Houses, Joshua Woodsman’s focus is to provide stylish yet functional designs that stand apart from the rest. Down to every last detail. At the back of the cabin we find the perfect covering for storing wood.

Inside we find a smart multifunctional interior. The multifunctional furniture can be placed almost anywhere, and with pegs even on the wall. Designed box-stools also provide storage space, saving a lot of room. They even double as kitchen shelves and counter space! When the temperature falls, the wood stove can be lit creating a warm and  cozy atmosphere.

After a long evening, these versatile box-stools can even join together to form one snug bed.

Sweet dreams!

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Single Mom Builds Off-Grid Lakeside Cabin Near Columbus, Ohio

The following is a guest post from Kelley. Thanks again for sharing your story Kelley!

We’ve been building a 192 sq ft cabin with a sleeping loft and front and back porch right on our lake shore.

Our cabin sits on the shore line of a small lake in the woods just west outside if Columbus, Ohio. The building is 16’x12′ with 16′ ceilings, a 4′ front porch and 8′ back porch that overlooks the lake. The sleeping loft is 12’x8′ and has 2 full sized beds. The downstairs is complete with an open great room, kitchen with bar, and bathroom with a sink, standup shower, and composting toilet.

I am building this cabin myself with help from friends and we are slowly but surely making progress! Our cabin is off grid and powered by a gas generator and will have a water pump and filtration system with water being pulled from the lake. We also have a woodburning stove and are building a stone hearth, of course complete with a small flatscreen TV that hangs above the stove.

All of our windows and a lot of our building supplies have come from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, as well as Craigslist! I am a single mom of 3 young children and we are building this together as a family while I am teaching my children what it means to work for something and then be able to enjoy your hard work when it’s completed. This project is a labor of love and serves as a getaway from busy city life and a place where we can just focus on being a family and enjoy what life is all about; complete with fishing off of our back porch!

We will utilize this cabin as a weekend getaway, which in turn has already made us appreciate our small home in Columbus, a home we were feeling was too small, but is greatly larger than our 192 sq ft cabin! Our 1,100 sq ft Columbus home is definitely more than enough and I even go as far as to say I think our 192 sq ft cabin feels even larger!

We are a “go-get-her” kinda family. Working hard together and inviting neighbors over along the way and throughout the process. Building small houses becomes a community event and that’s my favorite part about it!

I started this project when I became a single mom of 3; to give my 3 children and I an opportunity to begin starting over and moving forward. Throughout this process, we have more than moved forward, we have grown closer as a now family of 4 and have empowered ourselves by learning how to do things we never thought we could ever do, such as my 6 year old can help frame walls, my 3 year old can help paint, and my 2 year old loves to help clean.

Me, well I’m learning being a single parent doesn’t limit me and my abilities AND I can build a cabin! I am creating a very special space for my family and I, a space we built together, created so many memories together, and will have around to enjoy as a family for years to come.

Family Builds Off-Grid Lakeside Cabin Near Columbus, Ohio - Kelley's Family Portrait

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Family Builds Off-Grid Lakeside Cabin Near Columbus, Ohio - loft

Family Builds Off-Grid Lakeside Cabin Near Columbus, Ohio - interior

Family Builds Off-Grid Lakeside Cabin Near Columbus, Ohio - bed in loft

Gerald’s Prospector’s Cabin

gerald's prospectors cabin

I built it as a kit in my garage then hauled it into the mountains for reassembly. Exterior is now complete. Thanks for the plans.” – Gerald

Thanks for sending the photos Gerald! What a great idea to build the house in the garage ahead of time – I guess you can do that when the house is just 12’x12′. The idea of pre-building the roof on the ground especially makes a lot of sense. It’s much safer to do that kind of tricky work on the ground and not from on top of a ladder.

Other nice touches Gerald added are the live-edge siding and red metal roof. The color combination really looks great and helps the cabin stand out in the woods.

Learn more about the Prospector Cabin tiny house plans. Also be sure to check out the Six Pack of Plans, which includes a copy of the Prospector’s Cabin and five other tiny house plans.

gerald's prospectors cabin construction

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gerald's prospectors cabin exterior live edge siding