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Old 08-31-2012, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cabin build for Old Timer

This project is currently 95% done as I知 writing this.

I will be adding more each day as I can. My internet speed here is not great, but not bad.



I知 building a cabin for a elderly friend that lost everything he owned to his ex wife. He used to own the quarter of land right next to where we live now. For the last ten years he has been living in a 26 foot, fifth wheel RV, and going south to the USA for the winter. With changes in his health, he is no longer able to travel anymore. So the plan is build him a small home that will suit him and his GF till they need to go to the retirement home. Now I will let the pics do the talking. This project is currently 95% done as I知 writing this.


When I arrived all the old wood siding was still on. I didn稚 have my camera with me that day so I have no pics before this. I started to rip into it to see what I was up against.














And what he has been staying in for the last few years since he traded in his old trailer.



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Old 08-31-2012, 09:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The glass was broken and replaced with plexy glass.



The north west corner. It was the worst one.



The north wall. Ants got into the shavings in the walls, and ate right into the inside sheeting. Walls were sheeted with .25” plywood on the inside, 2x4 walls, .25” on the outside, tar paper then wood siding.





The property owner that’s funding the project giving me a hand. He is 72.

At that point the cabin was still froze to the ground.

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The ants also ate the studs in that spot.






The inside was right full of stuff. Part of it is already gone in the pics. I could hardly walk in there to start with.



Wood stove.





Looking from the back side to the door.





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Time to start lifting it out of the 8 of black soil we have here.











And this is what I found underneath.







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So I fixed some rotten studs before I started to lift it.







And started moving stuff out so I could work.





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Good on you for trying to help someone out, But I think every time you fix one part, Youll find 5 more rotted sections.

Dozer and a pre fab building would be a better start IMO.
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Good on you for trying to help someone out, But I think every time you fix one part, Youll find 5 more rotted sections.

Dozer and a pre fab building would be a better start IMO.
I was thinking the exact same thing. Seems like "fixing" it would be a lot harder, and a lot more expensive than replacing it.

But helping out an older gentleman is awesome, no matter how you accomplish it
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I was thinking the exact same thing. Seems like "fixing" it would be a lot harder, and a lot more expensive than replacing it.

But helping out an older gentleman is awesome, no matter how you accomplish it
Pretty much exactly what crossed my mind. Good in you in any case!
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Not trying to be an ass, but, that 5th wheel looks pretty livable.

Why wouldn't he be able to continue living in it?
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I'd take a nice little cabin over a fifth wheel any day, just because I'd have trouble getting into the overhead. Also, he can live in the cabin, sell the trailer, and have a bit of extra money, just thinkin' out loud here.
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Not trying to be an ass, but, that 5th wheel looks pretty livable.

Why wouldn't he be able to continue living in it?
Old people have trouble with stairs.
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I'd take a nice little cabin over a fifth wheel any day, just because I'd have trouble getting into the overhead. Also, he can live in the cabin, sell the trailer, and have a bit of extra money, just thinkin' out loud here.
Sell the 5th wheel, get one of those premade little hunting cabins
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Plus most campers get very cold in the winter which is why he used to move it south for the winter.

I heard it gets kinda cold up there.

Good job OP, while I also think a prefab house would have been a better choice I also think it is great that you are helping someone out.

Keep up the good work and I find this thread interesting.
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Kinds reminds me of my first house I bought. Basically ended up gutting it to the studs and started over. Kudos to you for helping out a friend. I am curious as to what the finished project looks like.
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Good on you for trying to help someone out, But I think every time you fix one part, Youll find 5 more rotted sections.

Dozer and a pre fab building would be a better start IMO.
No money for that.

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Sell the 5th wheel, get one of those premade little hunting cabins
No money for that. The 5th wheel is going back to the bank the end of this month. He has only been able to pay the interest on the loan, not any of the real dept. So there is no reusable equity in the 5th wheel.

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Plus most campers get very cold in the winter which is why he used to move it south for the winter.

I heard it gets kinda cold up there.

Good job OP, while I also think a prefab house would have been a better choice I also think it is great that you are helping someone out.

Keep up the good work and I find this thread interesting.
Why wouldn't he be able to continue living in it?
Too cold in the winter. It gets -40 C for weeks at a time in the winter here.

Now more pics have uploaded while I was working.

Everything on this build must be as low of budget as possible. So I started stripping the top layer off the floor to save it for other uses.





Then I started cutting up the old floor into manageable size pieces, starting at the most rotten side.











This pic shows just how bad the rot was in the floor on that side. The cabin was moved from one spot in the yard to another about 12 years ago. When they did it the cabin slid off one of its timbers, and sank into the soft black dirt. If it hadn’t been sheeted on the bottom of the floor, it would have been far worse.


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Your making nice progress, Still very impressed that your doing this for someone else. Good on you.

My point was that my Dad built a 16x16 cabin in Minnesota so they didnt have to pull the travel trailer up for the winter huinting season. next year he added a wing that was somewhere around 12x12 ish. Turing out pretty nice and he is planning to keep adding on in little stages. he is doing the work himself so everything is on the cheap when it comes to labor.

keep us posted.
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Looks good, not to be 'that guy', but that sub-floor must have been worse than it looks or I would have reused it also. But major props for helping someone in need.

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I am impressed! As others have said, you are helping someone who seems like a good person who just happens to be SOL. On top of that, this is no small task and I am interested to see how you fix it all. Looks like you've almost got most of the rot taken care of which is great.

Can't wait to see what you do with the interior, exterior, and ant prevention.
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Cant wait for more pictures, looking good. and good for you for helping someone
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The power of PBB can probably be rallied to help with some expenses. Blessings to you for helping. Post up paypal account and I will throw some money your way for some sheeting or insulation.
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I lifted the walls off the floor by screwing a 2x10 with 4, 3" deck screws into each stud the full length of the long walls. The using extreme care with 4, 20 ton bottle jacks, in 6 places under the walls. In total I have about 6 days of jacking, and 1 of digging jacking holes. The cabin was sunk into the ground when I got there.



All work inside was done with my 20 volt Dewalt cordless tools. Circular saw, reciprocating saw, quarter inch impact, and big hammer drill. No corded tools were necessary, but I am using my little 7 and a quarter miter saw. Its light, and will cut a 2x6.










And the last remaining piece of the old floor. South east corner. It was also the highest off the ground, and had the least rot.



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Dug some holes with a shovel and a post hole digger about 7 feet deep. Filled them full of cement and rebar. Cabin is 16 wide by 26 long. It sits on three per side under the walls, and two pilings under each of the two beams under the floor.











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Nice work! I'm sure he will appreciate it!

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At the time the pic was taken, we thought this would be the final height at 18” off the ground. Later in the build something gets added that forces me to left it another 8”.

You can see the 3" ABS pipe I'm using as a roller to roll the 4 thick, 2x8 beam under the cabin.



The reason the pilings are so low, is I used them as jacking pads when the cabin was still laying on the ground.





Middle east side wall.



Looking down the east wall



North east corner.





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