Our timber frame cabin kit is probably our most popular housing choice amongst our customers. This small home design comes with a full loft making it spacious enough for a family to have room to stretch and to avoid being on top of each other. The simplicity of the design is attractive with its shiplap pine siding and metal roof. Additionally, the mortise and tenon framing makes this cabin kit very strong once the construction has been completed.
Today we wanted to give a shoutout to our customer, Matt M., who built his cabin kit with his family in Tennessee. He purchased the 20×40 Vermont Cabin and added the 8×40 covered porch kit to the order. Because the family was going to be using this as a vacation home, they decided they would not need a full basement and chose to install a concrete foundation as the base for the treated sill plate to sit on. Some people install radiant heating in this type of foundation as an energy efficient way to stay warm in the winter.
Before they started building, they drew up a rough floor plan of where they wanted interior walls to go for bathrooms and closets. The rest of their layout was an open floor plan for fun family gatherings. We are sure they will load up the loft with bunk beds, or partition it off into separate bedrooms later. They also worked with their local town clerk to find out what was required for a permit. Once all of their ducks were in a row, the concrete slab foundation poured, and delivery of the cabin kit was accepted, they were ready to start the next steps of their building adventure.
They rented a crane for a couple days to assist with raising the timber frame. Those 8×8 posts and beams are very heavy! It was very important to make sure all proper bracing was in place before lifting each bent. This was probably the most challenging part of the building process so having the extra, professional help was extremely beneficial to safely getting the wall framing erected.
Once the frame was up the loft flooring was installed. Then came the shiplap pine siding, double pane windows, doors, and rough sawn pine roof sheathing. Instructions for each step of the construction process for setting up a three-season cabin shell were included in the step-by-step building plans. They purchased the three-season kit so the vapor barrier and roof sheathing could be installed as they built their cabin. They opted to insulate their building with closed cell spray foam, a very energy efficient choice for retaining heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. They went for our classic 29-gauge corrugated metal roof in Evergreen for their cabin and porch roofs.
Finishing touches included a stair system, a functional bathroom with a washer and drier, kitchen area for family meals, and plumbing and electrical systems. They installed a heat pump This is another a heating source that is growing in popularity because it also provides air conditioning during hot months and uses electricity. Some people choose to hide their concrete floors with tongue and groove pine decking. Matt’s family chose to flaunt it by applying a luster finish for a cost effective and easy to clean flooring solution, and we have to say it looks amazing!
Now that the building is complete Matt’s family will have a getaway that they can pass down for generations. If times get tough, or if they want to make some extra income, they can rent their cozy cabin to vacationers. In the end their Vermont Cabin will be one of the best investments they could have made for not only future equity but for enjoyment too. Watch our Cabins, Cottages and Home Additions playlist for more post and beam building inspiration.