the RavenHouse Original and the Original + bathroom
The Original Analog Oasis
Best value: This download includes both versions of the Ravenhouse Original (with and without bathroom), in both imperial & metric dimensioning: you will receive 3 sets of drawings with your purchase.
-Can be built on any type of foundation: piers, slab-on-grade, crawl-space, full basement
-Overall footprint, including the screened sleeping porch & open decks: 30’ x 28’
-Interior floor area: 501 sq ft/ Screened sleeping porch: 120 sq ft
This design came about as a collection of ideas filed away over the years that I’d been wanting to try; as a carpenter, I wanted to build it alone, to enjoy the freedom to maintain my own pace and really enjoy the creative process.
I drew up the plans always thinking about the most straightforward, easy to build methods. I built the original - working alone - in 4 months; more hands should make the process even quicker.
The Original’s drawing set includes all four elevation views, two section views, plan views, and framing details.
The + bathroom version includes the original structural drawings in Imperial measurements, and both Imperial and metric dimensioned versions of the +bathroom plans. Also included in the + bathroom version is a suggested kitchen layout and the window and doors schedule of recommended sizes, and a list of required structural materials.
Required skills: this design requires at least basic carpentry skills to execute; these are construction plans, not step-by-step instructions.
The following is for informational purposes only.
No matter if you’re planning to build it all yourself or hire professional help, almost everyone wants to know how much their cabin will cost to build. For realistic planning, you need real numbers.
In the US or Canada, per square foot costs for materials range between US$75 and $250, with labour another US$75 to $250 per square foot. Pay no attention to the U.S. ‘national average cost-per-square-foot’ as it is not a realistic guideline to base any decisions on (and is certainly not helpful if you live in a country other than the US). It is grossly misleading as a ballpark costing method because it includes tens of thousands of 2500 sq ft suburban houses, mass-produced buildings that are constructed on machine-flattened land using builder grade materials bought with volume discounts, very unlike the small cabin or house you’ll be building. Apples and oranges, especially if you are not hiring out much of the labour.
To get up-to-date, locally relevant pricing for the materials that will be required to build your cabin, take your set of plans (no matter where you purchased them) to a building materials supplier to receive a ‘materials takeoff’ and price for everything that they are able to supply. If you are building your cabin yourself, *this* amount, plus another 15% for contingency, is your ballpark cost to build, plus your time.
Complete and even more accurate building budget calculations can be made by a local, experienced builder who has considered all your unique requirements and the building site’s unique characteristics. It can be worth paying a small consultation fee to gain their real-life insights into building costs in your particular area.
Cost varies by region and finishings. All of our designs offer flexibility during planning and during construction to use windows, doors, and interior & exterior finishes that suit your budget and preferences.