This spring, we need to have some housing in place on the new property (35 acres, eastern Ontario, Canada). My son will live in the small cabin (19' x 12'). He's excited about it, but it's too small for us.
|Our current cabin.|
I would like to build a small cabin, say about 600 square feet: 1 bedroom, open concept living room and kitchen, and a mud room. Simple, rustic, nothing fancy.
My dear husband would like to put a small trailer on the property to live in, i.e. a winterized mobile home. Bear in mind that we are an older couple (68 and 58), and hubby has been having health problems. He has severe allergies, too. He doesn't want to wait to build something, even if we have help. Hubby has the "git 'er done" mentality, lol. Just plop the trailer there and we're good to go! But when I think of all the man-made materials, glues, etc. in a trailer, I am afraid that it will bother hubby's allergies. Plus, they deteriorate pretty quickly and soon look not-so-nice. Please don't be offended, because I used to live in a trailer when my boys were little and I loved it! So, I'm not against trailers, per se. I think that a wooden cabin will blend better into our woodsy environment and they only gain character as they age.
|Something like this, perhaps?|
Now here is where I would love to have some feedback from YOU! Do you have any idea how much it would cost to build a small cabin? My husband thinks that it will cost a lot of money, but I have read about people, online, that have built their own simple cabins for as low as $14,000. I would like to keep the cost under $30,000. Is that a reasonable expectation? I know that there are a lot of variables, depending on what materials are used. We already have spare kitchen counters and cupboards that have been stored in our basement for years! My eldest stepson is an electrician and he said that he would put in the electrical for us! Hubby already got a quote on the framing and figures it would cost about $3,500 to frame the cabin. We have access to a Habitat For Humanity Re-Store, which carries second-had windows, doors, fixtures, etc. We would also need to factor in the insulation because of our cold winters.
In Canada, trailers/mobile homes are more expensive than in the U.S. My husband has looked at some that are $50,000 - $60,000. That price is for the trailer only, not including a lot. I'm pretty sure that we can build something for less than that. Paul is currently interested in one that is $29,000 with delivery and installation included. That's not bad, but as I mentioned there are the potential allergy issues and depreciation values.
I really, really, want a cabin, can't you tell?
If you know of any other helpful links or videos, please let me know, thanks.
SMALL CABIN LINKS:
Small-Cabin.com forum: http://www.small-cabin.com/small-cabin-build-cost-bom.html
Simple Solar Homesteading: (scroll to bottom for videos) http://www.simplesolarhomesteading.com/
Simple, basic cabin: http://countryplans.com/nash.html