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Feb 16, 2012 3:40AM
I have a cabin off grid that I built a solar electrical system, it does have a septic system, and is more like a two story house with a full basement, on 10 acres in the upper Berkeshires, with a nice little river going around the property, plenty of room for the garden..... all that for a little more than 80K..... bought about 5 years ago.... this is the way to get away from it all!
Feb 15, 2012 8:35PM
When I think of mountain retreats I always envision a tub of hot water and a toilet in there somewhere. I think the architect aptly named the project "Shed".  I guess it beats having to set up your tent every single time you go camping and it's probably safer than a tent.  Would it keep larger predatory type beasties out? I like the barn door.
Feb 15, 2012 8:23PM

Hello Slipcork,

The correct phrase is "babbling brook"  it is derived from the sound the water makes while tumbling over rocks in a river bed or small water falls. It's also the standard sound produced on just about every relaxation gadget on the planet. Which if you think about it sounds like a misnomer for relaxation. Something that just won't stop making noise. 

Feb 15, 2012 7:25PM
A "babbling brook"? What, would it not stop talking? I think you may have meant " bubbling".
Feb 15, 2012 4:46PM
Is this entire article a joke? Less than 3/4 acre of burned wilderness for HOW MUCH??? Right. I think this is completely faked.
Feb 15, 2012 2:47PM

About 8 years ago myself and a buddy were able to get a great deal on two lots (which we then split up) of land in Wyoming with a small "babbling" brook. I think the sellers had never seen the property, maybe from some estate, because it was such a good deal. The next year we built a small 20x12 cabin on my lot. I paid for the tools and materials and he provided the skills. I let he and his family stay in it whenever they want. It sits on concrete footers so I only have to pay taxes for the land only since there is no real foundation. It has a 12 pitch metal roof so it sheds snow well. I have a nice loft as well as a window on every side. I have a wood stove and a solar panel and deep cell battery which runs the lights (low wattage) and radio or whatever all night . I also built a shed and put a porta loo in that. I haven't rigged up for showers yet but that will be easy. Town is only a half hour away and there are shower facilities there. I doubt that the whole thing cost me much more than $25k.


It is truly the most peaceful place on earth with lots of birds and wildlife... and my little babbling brook.

Nov 16, 2011 3:02PM

A foundation for a small cabin can be made by putting concrete blocks on each corner and some in the center. You have to be sure they are level. Years ago, all they used was rock.


A woman I know bought some land with an old house on it.  It had settled and  the floor was very uneven and slanted.  It didn't have a concrete slab, it had an old foundation.  Her parents cut out part of the floor and they used a level and concrete blocks and a jack and fixed the floors so they were level.  They repaired the cut out and put carpeting in.  It was a charming old house once it was painted. 



Nov 16, 2011 2:33PM

We bought some land on the creek and there was already a storage building on it with unfinished walls and ceiling, so we insulated ($40) and added wood panels ($125).  We put  down a wood looking linoleum floor. ($89)  There was plenty of room for a small fridge ($49), a table and chairs, plus a couch and a cook top.  We bought a small window air conditioner ($100).  I put hooks on the wall and hung up a few pots and we used paper plates etc.  The former owner had put a regular frontdoor on it.


The only bad thing was it didn't have running water or  a bathroom.  The outdoor toilet was scary to sit on.


It was great if we just wanted to go there for an afternoon.  We had a camper that we took for longer time periods.  The best thing about it was we could store things in the cabin like life jackets, a canoe and paddles for the winter.


We had a portable electric heater for the winter.  We bought a $100 big window for the side of the cabin that was overlooking the creek and bought some outside paint ($30).   We had about $500 in the cabin..



Aug 15, 2011 12:20PM
$1000 for plans to build a 16x8 shed?  Thats way too much!  Especially since it's basically an open space that you can put a porta-potty and foldup table in.  Search for "small cabin plans" on the 'net.
Oct 20, 2010 11:47AM
Your cabin photos are nice but in only one was there even a mention of bath/toilet facilities?  Just what do these folks do - go in the woods and bath in the lake?  Not nice if you have mosquitoes or snow and cold, plus "littering".  Do they install septic tank? or have port a potty?  Both are expensive and troublesome...hhhmmmm
Oct 3, 2010 9:23PM
I think whatever you do to make yourself happy is all that matters! Enjoy your time in your own lil cabin, cause life throws you curve balls, but I truly believe in being happy for yourselves not the righteous of others! U two Rock! Smile
Oct 3, 2010 3:23PM
why is it humans have the desire to fill all empty spaces with crap !
Sep 27, 2010 9:13AM
We spent aprox. $60,000 on our cabin (including the land).  We got 8 acres of wooded land in the middle of nowhere in Wisconsin.  The cabin is about 300 square feet with a full basement.  Living space includes kitchen area, living area, full bathroom, and a loft bedroom.  There is electric, well, and septic.  Contacted a contractor to build.  Had it built about 5 years ago and now plan on having a 700 square foot addition added in the spring, which will allow us to move up there and have it be our primary residence.  Goodby to the world, we are off the grid!!!
Sep 27, 2010 8:54AM
I think they overpaid for the land.  You could get a piece that big in PA or upstate NY for $10K, especially if it was 6 hours from a major city (Philly, NYC).  So the total cost should have been more like $20K-$25K, which would have been a slam dunk.  I agree with those that said you could do more with spending $57K overall.
Sep 27, 2010 8:23AM

Anyone that pays $58k for the construction of a cabin that is no more thatn this is an idiot..


I just built a complete MIL 660 sQ ft unit. One bed one bath with nice cabinets for $30k

Sep 25, 2010 12:01AM
Ten Thousand dollars to construct a cabin as shown seems pretty expensive.
Sep 24, 2010 3:03PM
lover point i love this so romantic
Sep 23, 2010 11:24AM
Sep 23, 2010 11:19AM
It's easier now. There are dozens of companies  out there who will provide you with simple construction kits. A family with marginal handy skills could put together a shell in a weekend, and finish out the interior over time.

A log cabin should be constructed like any basic home. Start with a one room kit, but make it a giant room, at least 20 x 30, with a twelve to 15 foot roof.
Sep 23, 2010 11:17AM
Oh, somewhere about one hundred fifty, maybe one hundred years ago, people would pack up everything they owned, buy a couple of hammers, axes, and a barrel of tenpenny nails and head out to the woods to build a place to live. We called the pioneers.
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