Saltbox 3-Season Plans
Build a 3-season cabin with the DIY Saltbox assembly instructions.
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This iconic New England design looks great in almost any setting—elegant, modern or rustic. The sleek and simple roof structure is not only attractive, but practical. The steep pitch in the front discourages too much snow build up, and the lesser sloping pitch in the back allows for rain snow and ice to be gently slide off to the rear, away from the doors. The absence of roof valleys helps ensure ice and snow don’t dam up during the winter. The foam board insulation, shiplap pine sheathing and exposed post and beam framing preserve the rustic appeal of the cottage, while affording you a refuge from the elements. Consider the addition of a heat source to establish a room that can be inhabited year-round.
When dreaming about the small cottage lifestyle, you may imagine tranquil surroundings that bring back memories of a simpler way of life. Cottages are adorable structures that simply emanate warmth and comfort. They make charming guesthouses or backyard retreats. When the primary purpose of your small cottage is a vacation home, the intimate space is ideal for couples looking for peaceful weekend getaways or families seeking quality time and bonding. At Jamaica Cottage Shop, we think that a having a cabin in the backyard can be just as rewarding as having one in the backcountry. Home office or bunk house for guests? Maybe both? Turn your four-seasoned retreat into a combined guest house and workspace for hobbies such as pottery or jewelry making.
10×16 Living Saltbox
Base Area: 160 sq. ft.
Total Interior Area: 160 sq. ft.
Recommended Foundation: 8–10” Crushed Gravel
Overall Dimensions: 10’6” H x 17’8” W x 12’4” D
Estimated Weight: 7,900 lbs
2 (qty) 6x6x16’ Hemlock Skids
2”x6” Kiln Dried Spruce Joists 24” On Center
¾” CDX Plywood Floor Decking
Floor Vapor Barrier
5½” Fiberglass Insulation (R21)
Under Deck Sheathing: ⅜” Plywood
Floor Weight Rating: 25 lbs/ sq. ft.
Exposed 4”x4” Hemlock Post and Beam Wall Framing
Wall Height: Front: 83” Rear: 63”
Wall Vapor Barrier
Siding: 1” rough sawn Pine Board & Batten
1” rough sawn Pine Corner, Door & Window Trim & 2” rough sawn Pine Fascia & Shadow Trim
Saltbox Roof Style
Roof Pitch: Front: 12/12 Rear: 6/12
2”x6” Kiln Dried Spruce Rafters Rafters 24” On Center
1”x6” Kiln Dried Spruce Exposed Collar Ties
1” rough sawn Solid Barn Board Roof Sheathing
Roof Vapor Barrier
Corrugated 29g Metal Roofing, Color: Evergreen
DOOR & WINDOWS:
Door: 1 (qty) 3-0 Single Solid Pine Door, no ramp
Windows: 2 (qty) 2’x2’ 6-Lite Hinged Barn Sash Windows
Estimated Assembly Time
Estimate Assembly Time: Two People: 62 hrs