Building Your Own Cabin is One of America’s Pioneering Experiences

“Once built, you can walk outside and see a reflection of nature in yourself. You look down, kick the dirt, and think to yourself; I might have just pulled this thing off,” shares Daivd N. Thermos

Required Skills

Upon challenging your building skills, your signature will be in the details and craftsmanship of your work. It will require the construction skills and experience which are based on those commonly found in the home-building industry. Building could take several weeks of focused time by a couple of good carpenters, or it could be stretched out over the course of an entire summer. Each Builder will need to consider a wide range of variables which will affect how long it will take to build their cabin kit, including:

  • The skill level and experience of the Builder and overall team.
  • Using light excavation equipment or a portable auger for drilling holes for the concrete support piers will greatly reduce the manual labor of digging the foundation by hand with shovels and picks.
  • Existing soils types and appropriateness of the topography, geology, and depth of foundations which are suitable in weight-bearing capacity as instructed by the Builder’s Soils Engineer.
  • Seasonal variations in temperature, moisture, and wind will affect the excavation, forming, pouring, and curing of the concrete foundation, as well as erecting and enclosing the cabin from the weather. Keeping the materials dry and protecting them from damage will help to ensure the materials can be constructed properly.
  • Finding access to an existing power supply or providing a portable generator for electric power tools for cutting, drilling, or nailing.
  • Several people will most likely be required for erecting the walls into place. Equipment such as a fork lift or light boom truck could prove invaluable, depending on your preferred building methods.
  • Dividing up responsibilities between 2-3 people for handling, cutting, and lifting the materials into place can create an efficient process for laying-out and securing the framing lumber together.

Required Tools

Building your own cabin is your chance to play in the woods with some of your favorite people and tools. The cabin kit includes a Tool Itinerary Worksheet to assist you in determining what tools are best suited for building your cabin kit. Due to the wide variety of experienced craftsman and assortment of regional building practices, Legacy Cabins cannot predict all the tools which will be required for the entire range of circumstances that will be encountered by differentBuilder’s. It is the responsibility of the Builder to determine which tools they will require and execute the sequence, means, methods, and techniques of construction, scheduling, and maintaining safe construction practices, handling materials, manage labor and establish quality control practices. The Builder will need purchase, rent, or acquire all the tools and temporary items required to layout, constructing the cabin kit including:

  • Excavation Tools (hand tools, earth moving or drilling equipment).
  • Forms, batter boards, string lines, stakes, braces, winches, saw horses, scaffolding, ladders.
  • Measuring, layout, and marking tools.
  • Hand tools for hammering, nailing, screwing, bolting, gluing, prying, or punching.
  • Power tools for drilling materials & securing fasteners.
  • Power tools for cutting, dressing, plunging, trimming, and manipulating building materials.
  • Generators, extension cords, air compressor & hoses or temporary power hookups.

Building Steps

When building your own cabin with your own hands you may find yourself becoming aware of what it was like to face a new frontier, just you, your tools, and a sense of accountability. The cabin kit provides a Builder’s Guide section within the Owner’s Manual which is dedicated to providing the Purchaser with detail information regarding the construction steps involved with building the cabin kit. The guide includes carpentry reference resources, building planning and project management ideas, establishing quality control measures, characteristics of wood and framing tolerances, notes on traditional carpentry practices, and an outline for strategies about hiring and working with construction professionals. The guide culminates in section which describes the step-by-step processes for building the cabin kit.