the A-frame Mini - 108 sq. Ft.
Our smallest and simplest design, this permit-free* cabin gives you the classic A-frame look without breaking the bank . The 10’ x 10’ footprint and 9’ x 12’ interior floor area lets you build it *permit-free in many jurisdictions. With its 4’ x 12’ covered deck, this versatile little beauty really shines as a backyard office, guest sleeping bunk, or studio, just about anywhere you’d like to put it. Leave the framing exposed for the ultimate in rustic simplicity, or add insulation and finish the ceiling for complete 3-season luxury.
Simple to build, this is a great DIY project, as your one and only getaway space, or as a complement to a larger main cabin or house project. With a small team of 2-3 capable people this cabin can be built from start to finish in a week. It requires no heavy machinery or specialized tools, and the plans come with a list of the off-the-shelf materials required, for simple one-stop ordering from your local lumber yard.
If you’re looking for a ready-to-assemble kit for a small A-frame like this, check out the beautiful package offered by The Backcountry Hut Company.
*This cabin may be built without a construction permit depending on the project site and intended use. Always confirm your region’s regulations before deciding to build any project.
The following is for informational purposes only.
How much your cabin will cost to build depends on where you build, who builds it, and your choices of finishing details (high-end, modest, or low-end). 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. In the US or Canada, per square foot costs for materials range between US$100 and $250, with professional labour another US$100 to $250 per square foot.
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.