finaly got started on my shack

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by bob clark, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. bob clark

    bob clark A man's man

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    I have gotten started on my shack that i have been planning for the last 4 years :dance: :dance: :dance:

    It shur feels good to get a project off paper and into the here and now

    it is small, only 12x20 with a small porch, and will be off the grid and no running water. but it will be mine and paid for

    here is a link to some pics, its on another forum. not sure if it will work without joining but i will try
    http://phoenixfriends.proboards83.c...lding&action=display&thread=1161546555&page=1
     
  2. bob clark

    bob clark A man's man

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    please dont pick it apart too much, untill now the biggest project i have built was a dog house. I have no actual plans and am just letting it come together by its self
     

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    momlaffsalot Well-Known Member

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    I think it's awesome!
     
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    primal1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Looks great bob, thats quite an undertaking for a first time!
    I like the skylight idea somebody posted, simple enough... wouldn't work in our weather though, how about there?
     
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    Bob,

    It looks like a great start to your cabin. Please keep us informed/updated on the progress.

    Steve in Maine
     
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    My biggest picking point would be the lack of a foundation. You are too far along to do anything about it now. First concern would be rot, the second is that each end of each timber will settle independantly. The shack will get uneven.
     
  7. bob clark

    bob clark A man's man

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    I agree, these are the materials that i could put together with so little money.

    I plan to watch and correct any settleing as it happens. just jack it up and put some shims in

    my granddad always said "poor people have poor ways" Im not poor ,but i just aint got any money :shrug:
     
  8. bob clark

    bob clark A man's man

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    I love the skylite idea but i think i will pass. it will be so much easyer to keep the roof from leaking without it. Im still not shur what i am going to do about a flew for the cookstove. go out the roof or out the side and then up. I have been thinking out the end and then up threw the porch roof
     
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    It will take forever for Osage Orange to rot.
    Those are about the biggest Osage stumps I've ever seen!

    Looks Good, Bob!
     
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    I admit it..I am techno challenged..how do I see the pictures without registering at the site? :help:
     
  12. FolioMark

    FolioMark In Remembrance

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    Roadless. Just scrawl down the page and it lets you read and see the pics. I made the same mistake as the link just shows the top of the page. :)
     
  13. DAVID In Wisconsin

    DAVID In Wisconsin Well-Known Member

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    Good luck on your endeavor! I built a 12 X 20 shack without tunning water or electricity and happily lived in it for about 2 years.
     
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    Wow, that foundation will last forever. Good luck and when are you available to build something for me?
     
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    You Da Man Bob. You are living my dream of a hermit in the woods!
     
  16. bob clark

    bob clark A man's man

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    I have 80 ac. that joins my familys 600. the dirt road in is about 1/2 mi. but the shack is only 1/4 mi. off the county road.

    I dont care which season it is back in there it is just like heaven to me
     
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    What type of roof are you doing, just a standard peaked roof or a shed style roof that's high on one side, and low on the other?
     
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    An old log house I rebuilt once had the cook stove in the middle of the house, a long stretch of pipe ran to the second floor then elbowed to the end of the house where it elbowed up through the roof.. my guess is they wanted a lot of pipe in the house to heat better.
    If you are going to use a tar paper for the roof, just make good overlaps and you won't have leakage... you have time to research that though hehe.
     
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    Bob, if it wasn't for the obvious, I'd marry ya!...............ROFLMAO!
     
  20. sisterpine

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    Bob- the location is truly beautiful! I see what you mean about not wanting a roof LOL. I would love those trees as a bedroom ceiling! Keep plugging away at it and soon you will have your own hide a way! sis