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Small Rectangle Cabin - 55m2 (587 sq ft) + DIY Construction Guide

Small Rectangle Cabin - 55m2 (587 sq ft) + DIY Construction Guide

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Regular price $350.00 AUD
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This includes a floor plan, elevations, a draft engineering plan (to be finalized by a local engineer), materials/cut list and a step-by-step DIY construction guide to show you how to build this design.

Need help with anything? Simply contact us if you want this design modified, or if you need any questions to be answered. We understand building can be a little complex but where here to help and no question is a dumb question.

There will be a lead time of 7 days for us to prepare the DIY guide but all other documents and files are instant downloads. Plans come in millimeters and meters as default but if you want your plans in feet and inches just email us after you have purchased and we'll send them through with the changed measurements.

Easily swap out the brick piers on this design for steel posts, concrete blocks or another type of pier if that's what you prefer. You can also get creative with the design in any way that you want for example painting the exterior or any other non structural changes.

This design can be used for private or commercial use! You can use it for things like a rental property, as an Airbnb, for use as a design in a holiday park, or just for private use.

 

Estimated Materials Cost:

Europe - €20 000 EUR
United States - $19 000 USD
Australia - $28 000 AUD

(Estimates are not including the costs of an electrical and a water system)

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The DIY Guide is an easy to understand step-by-step guide that runs you through the entre build from start to finish! It is made to be universal so that it will work using any wood thicknesses.

Each page of the DIY Guide has a 3D image so you can see where each part goes on the building, a 2D image with measurements so you can see how to build each step and a paragraph of text to help explain what your doing on that step.

Click here to read more about how the DIY guide works!


The DIY Guide Contains:

How to Build the Floor:

  • Layout of footings and piers.
  • Layout of bearers.
  • Layout of joists.
  • Layout of the flooring and decking.

How to build the walls:

  • How to build each wall frame.
  • What order to build each wall frame.
  • How to build any roof beams or supports.

How to build the roof:

  • Layout of the rafters.
  • Layout of the eaves.
  • Layout of the fascia boards.
  • Layout of the roof battens.
  • How to install the roof sarking.
  • How to install the roof iron.

How to do the exterior:

  • How to build any exterior stairs.
  • How to install the exterior sarking.
  • How to install the windows and doors.
  • How to install the exterior paneling.

How to build anything else that might be relevant to the specific design that you have chosen.

We don't have steps on how to do your interior and we leave that for you to customize.


Other Things to Consider Before Building

Orientation

It is highly important to consider the path of the sun throughout the day in summer and winter. Doing this will optimize natural light, improve energy efficiency and create a comfortable living environment.

Termite or Other Bug and Insect Protection

To protect against this you can do things like soil treatments, use certain materials that are resistant to termites or do regular inspections of the building to ensure there are no infestations.

Electrical and Water Systems

Take into consideration the utilities that are available on your site and decide what's best for you depending on what's available. An electrical plan should be designed by a qualified electrician and a plumbing plan should be designed by a qualified plumber.

Drainage and Grading

Proper drainage is essential to prevent water damage and flooding. Ensure that the site is graded away from the dwelling's foundation, and install gutters and downspouts to direct water away from the structure.

Soil Conditions

Different soils have varying properties, which affect the ability to support the building. The building foundations should be designed by an engineer and be based on the site specific soil conditions, taking into account depth of fill soils, bearing strength and reactivity of the founding soils. This information is found by having a soil test completed on the site by a geotechnical engineer.

Plumbing Articulation

Any building services that transition from the building into the natural ground should be appropriately articulated by an engineer to suit the site soil reactivity. This is to ensure that over time if there is slight movement in the soil it won't damage or break the connections that are going into the ground.

Site Plan

This will most likely be required for building approval. The documentation standards will vary depending on your location, some places will require this to be done by a licensed professional and others will just accept it as long as its up to a certain standard. Talk to your local building authority to find out more.

Anything Else

It is essential to talk to a local professional to get advice tailored specifically to your site. As each site can vary significantly there may be other things to take into consideration.