A-frame cabin is a dream come true

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
BY Don and Dave Runyan Published: September 3, 2012
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If you've ever dreamed of having a vacation home — a private retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life — but dismissed it as impossible, you're in for a pleasant surprise. It's not as difficult as you might think to make that dream a reality, even on a budget. All it takes is “sweat equity,” time and this do-it-yourself A-frame cabin project.

Standing on concrete piers to simplify construction and allow for variability of terrain, the project has more than 1,100 square feet of living space (not including the extensive decks and porches).

Downstairs there's a kitchen, bathroom, large living room and small bedroom.

Upstairs, a big loft holds a roomy, dormitory-style bedroom.

The cabin measures about 36 feet long by 22 feet wide at the foundation.

The Cochise Cabin plan, No. 620, is $9.95. The plan covers every aspect of construction, including detailed floor plans, cross-sections and elevations, framing plans, a complete materials list with space for obtaining price quotes and a toll-free help line for project questions.

Do-it-yourselfers should review local building codes before construction begins.

A package of cabin plans, No. C81, is $22.95 and includes this project plus plans for two other cabins. Include $4 for postage and handling on all orders and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S. Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. To order by credit card, or to request a free catalog, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at u-bild.com.