DIY Small Cabin Kits – Tools For A Perfect Build

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If you want to build your own cabin or shed, your most important assets are your tools.

When I was a child, my father told me, “You can build anything you want if you have the proper tools.”

He was absolutely correct.

So let’s get started…

The following is list you can use to finish your cabin kit or shed kit:

Circular saw

Drill-driver

Extension cord

Shovel

12 ft. tape measure

Marking pencil

Framing hammer

Carpenter’s level

Framing square

Chalk line and Plumb Bob

Safety goggles

Dusk mask

Work boots

Work gloves

You can either buy / rent these from your local store such as Home Depot.

BIG TIP:

If you need alternative power to your cabin, a 10,400 watts solar system kit will keep you off the grid and living a comfortable, “electric and mortgage free” independent life.

Once you have established where your cabin or shed will be on your land, you need to set permanent markers which can be periodically checked to determine the exact dimensions of the structure.

This can be easily accomplished by placing off-set corner stakes and then wrap a yellow mason’s line around the posts.

The following video is loaded with a ton of tips to help you get started. Bear in mind, your cabin kit could be much easier and faster than the one described in the video. Check your blueprints that arrived with your cabin.

Oh yes…

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California Power Outages 2020

California is an area of the United states that has always been prone to wildfires. This is due to a drop-in rainfall in recent years, along with snow melting earlier in the spring….periods of time when California is both dry and warm. Because of this , California power outages have been initiated to prevent future fires.

This span of time allows a wildfire to have a better chance of sneaking into a large conifer forest. These forests are prone to wildfires because the heated areas create a fuel source for the wildfires to build off. Some say this is due to human activity, and others say it is just apart of the natural cycle the earth goes through.

Nonetheless, these fires must be combated and kept at bay in the most effective way possible. Now, the fires are controlled whenever they are in natural environments such as the forest. We can fight them in their own territories, but whenever the fires enter populated areas, different sets of problems arise.

One of those problems is the power grids that are highly combustible. Once a fire hits an active power grid, the fire can be strengthened and harder to stop. Therefore, we see news on the PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) shutting down power grids days and sometimes weeks before a fire reaches the populated area, and sometimes the fire never reaches the populated area. The PG&E planned outages because wildfires are becoming more common, and the fatality rate was the highest in years in 2018 (100 casualties).

PG&E has worked harder to make sure these fires do not receive extra fuel. However, this year, thousands of Californians have complained that the power grid is being shut down prematurely. These complaints are backed by the governor of California himself. Yet, PGE stands by their decisions to turn off certain grids in order to protect the people, and they even admit to shutting down the grid in unnecessary spots; as well as shutting it down too early.

By expanding the areas where PG&E temporary turns off the power, they are ensuring that their power lines do not add fuel to these devastating fires.

The shut down of power is widespread across California and spreads across the following areas such as Inyo county, Plumas county, Modoc county, Sononma county, Venura, Los Angeles and many more.

The situation in California is a tough one to judge. Those that do not live in the state can easily side with the PG&E because it seems to be the most logical option.

Yet, there are thousands of people within those counties that go without power for days.

Businesses and homes without a standby generator suffer, and people’s lives are rocked due to a lack of power. Fighting off these fires is a tough job that requires a lot of tough decisions from the top, but we must consider the people being hurt by the current situation.

So far, shutting down the power is the only solution, but that does not make it the best solution for fighting these fires.

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Bunk Bed With Desk Saves Cabin and Tiny House Space

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Whether you have a cabin, tiny house, getting ready to move into a college dorm or if you have a small bedroom, a combination bunk bed with desk is a convenient option for you to have.

Cabin space is crucial. And the two important elements we need are sleeping quarters and closet space.

If you are considering a totally separate desk in a small room, you may have had to avoid it just because you need to have enough space in your room for your bed and some dressers.

However, on the other hand, not having a desk can sometimes be a pain to deal with.

Instead of compromising, you can have two comfortable beds and a convenient desk in a room, even if you are a bit tight on space.

The desk is located underneath the top bunk bed, so you will have more space to move around on the floor inside of your room. Some models come with dresser drawers or a few storage containers.

There are plenty of styles available. In fact, the bunk bed over desk comes in both wood and metal materials. The metal style may be slightly more affordable, but the wooden options are often more durable.

If you decide to choose one of the many wood styles, make sure to pick a finish you like the most.

You can find this type of bunk bed in assorted colors, including white, brown, tan and navy blue.

Along with the bed frame itself and the desk where you can sit down to do your work, a ladder may be attached to the left or right side of the bunk bed, making it a whole lot easier for you to get up and down when you are ready to go to sleep or get up in the morning.

Before you buy one of these space-saving alternatives for your cabin or tiny house, make sure you measure the amount of space you already have available in your room.

You may need move some of your belongings around to ensure that it will fit perfectly.

Once you have it in your home, you will instantly notice how much more space you have compared to a traditional flat bed.

Now remember….

You are never too old to sleep on a bunk bed. These units comes in both adult and kid styles.

Imagine finishing your projects, checking your email messages and walking up the ladder to go to sleep.

Who wouldn’t want to have everything they need in one room?

This will make the perfect addition to your lifestyle.

Introducing “She-Sheds” The New Woman’s Office and Hideaway

she shed ideasMove over man cave…the hot trending she-shed is taking over the world!

To all ladies…

Do you deserve a simple peaceful solitude where you can work on your home business?

Or imagine having a space where you can listen to your favorite music while reading your favorite book?

This cool structure could be the best “marriage saver” on earth!

Say hello to your new best friend.

Gone are the days when a shed is only used for tools, garden plants and cars.

Whether you’re building or buying, this maybe one of the most functional buildings on your property.

She-Sheds Ideas

With a few twists, your outbuilding can serve many purposes.

Below are some ideas:

Retreat – You’ve had a difficult day at the office, at home with the kids, taking care of your elderly parents or dealing with your crazy husband and therefore, you need a “relief”.

Find your secret key, head to the backyard and unlock your answer to freedom!

Save your sanity my friend.

Home Office – Build your profitable business in your outside oasis. You can easily install wi-fi for your laptop, tablet and printer.

Outdoor Entertaining – You can customize your she-shed with surround-sound speakers , a flat screen television and a place for food and refreshments.

Yum yum! I’m getting hungry just talking about it. 🙂

Second Home / Rental – Do you know you can make a great income by renting your new building?

This new trendy structure is simply a “tiny house”.

This is one of the hottest craze because millions of people are downsizing and enjoying the freedom from monthly mortgages and increasing apartment rents.

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Backyard Bar / Pub – Homeowners are using their creativity and modifying their sheds into unique backyard bars and pubs.

On the show, He Shed She Shed, the latest episode featured a pirate-obsessed guy who turns his shed into a pirate pub, and a mega-party hostess creates a tiki bar she-shed for entertaining her huge group of friends.

Another idea involves “tricking out” your shed into a specific theme such as an Old West-cowgirl theme,  a chicy “shed and breakfasts” theme, your local girls soccer team or how about a “shoe and handbag” theme.

The sky is the limit!

My Shed Plans Review – My Story

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Hi, Tony here,

You are reading my honest unbiased review of My Shed Plans Elite by Ryan Henderson. Everyone loves unofficial, uncut truths. And, therefore, this is what I’m going to deliver.

If you’re ready to start building your own shed, click here.

Why am I writing this?

Well, I have always been a money-saving, DIY (do it yourself) family man.

I remember when I was a little child growing up with my mom, dad and five siblings. We did not have much money so I was always creative with my toys. I used cardboard boxes to make dump trucks, tractors and cars.

As I grew older, some of my hobbies included architecture, green living, preparedness and woodworking.

So when I saw the $2,0357 price for a outdoor shed, I knew I could save 50% or more by building one myself.

Now what is your story?

Do you need a man cave, she shed, outhouse, shack or one-story structured building for storage, office, rental, hobbies, garden, wood shop or your mother-in-law?

Okay…maybe not for your mother-in-law.

Now, we have come to a conclusion that I need a shed so here are 3 options:

– Go to Amazon, Wal-Mart, Home Depot or the garden center and buy one.

– Hire a reputable shed builder to build one for you.

– Buy a pre-made shed from your local lumber store.

These are three great choices but its going to be quite a hit to my wallet.

For example, here is a 12×12 shed which can be used for many purposes.

12x12 shed

Oh my! I am not prepared to spend $5,467 on this structure.

Is there another option for me?

Well..guess what?

Happy days are here again because there is a much cheaper method!

If you are similar to me and would like to save a ton of money on your home projects, and feel the satisfaction of doing it yourself, MyShedPlans.com will only cost several Starbucks coffee drinks.

Let’s dive in and research this cool product.

my shed plans reviewMy Shed Plans Elite is a digital publication which teaches you how you can build a beautiful shed and other home projects from scratch.

The entire package contains 12,000 plans and woodworking patterns.

Ryan Henderson, the author, has given detailed blueprints and step by step instructions that even a complete beginner can follow.

It does not matter if you are a man or woman. The step-by-step designs are as simple as using Lego blocks to build a toy house.

Here is a sample blueprint.

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One idea that came to mind is that I can now earn an extra income as a shed builder.

I can find customers for free by placing an ad on Craigslist. Woo Hoo!

Once you sign up you will receive the entire package instantly in the Members’ Area via downloads.

You will need Adobe to download any of the blueprints you desire. It is free at Adobe.com. However, it may be already installed on your computer or tablet.

However, if you prefer buying the CD then you can buy My Shed Plans during checkout and it will be sent to your home via mail.

Now, I, being a little bit old-fashioned, like to work with plans that are big and easy to see.

So this is my procedure:

1. I download whatever shed drawings I choose from the members’ area onto my Verbatim USB flash drive.

2. Next, I take my flash drive to either the UPS Store (Kinkos), Office Depot, Staples or the closest local print shop to have the plans printed on the large 22×34 paper

Remember, I stated earlier that there are 12,000 woodworking projects in the members’ area!

At first, I was wondering why in the world would I need so many plans? I’ll probably use one or two, at the most.

Well, I was super duper wrong.

I soon found myself in a situation where I had to build out a closet. I had no idea what I was doing and my confidence was non-existence.

Today, I can accomplish this with one eye closed and one hand behind my back. Ha, ha…just kidding 🙂

Included are plans for:

Shed Homes
Garden bench
How to Build a Fence
Dog Kennel
Making an Easy Arbor
Nursery Wagon
Doghouse Plans
Outdoor Fireplaces
Feed Cart
Storage Shed
Birdhouses
Garden furniture
Full size decks
Gazebos
Garages
Toys

….. and everything in between.

materialsAll of the blueprints are complete from start to finish, and include material lists, detailed diagrams, and explicit step by step instructions.

For example, there are hundreds of designs for outdoor buildings, from garden storage all the way up to a complete stable.

Choose whatever type of drawings is right for you. Pick from fancy ones or more utilitarian patterns.

What if you do not have any carpentry or tool skills?

Do not worry and I’m being extremely honest.

You see, there are very simple step-by-step procedures and tips that Ryan supplies for you within each plan. He has 20 years experience so he definitely knows his stuff.

Here is an example:

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You will quickly learn what tools you need, how to use the tools, the right safety rules to follow, and how to perform your projects professionally so that they will look good and last a long time.

In addition to the patterns, My Shed Plans Elite delivers valuable information for all of your other home projects.

For example, there are professional guidelines for plumbing, electrical work, foundations, plastering, building codes, wallpapering, installing fireplaces, decorating, tile, stone work, working with cement and mortar, and so much more!

I have no experience with plumbing but I don’t feel helpless anymore if the faucet breaks or if there is a leak which needs repairing.

I simply go the member’s area and search the appropriate guide for the problem.

This is a HUGE money saver for me and my family. The average plumber in our town charges between $45 to $65 per hour plus the price of the parts.

I am now crowned King handyman and shed builder. And if you think my ego has been stroked, you are absolutely correct 🙂

I can also install improvements like new lighting with ease.

Oh yes, are you thinking about getting a new puppy or rescue dog from the animal shelter?

Make him or her feel welcome with their own homemade dog house.

Negatives and Cons

Now the only problem I had was the tools necessary to build my first shed.

For example, I nor my friends didn’t own a circular saw, finish nailer and reciprocating saw.

However, I found a great solution!

I discovered I can rent tools from Home Depot, Lowes, United Rentals, Menards or my local tool store.

This is a cheap solution vs. buying them.

Bonuses

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Oh yes…I almost forgot.

My Shed Plans Elite package comes with 4 bonuses. I absolutely love bonuses because they are free.

The first one is about advanced woodworking tips.

The second is about magic modifications for your shed.

The third bonus is a directory of suppliers and wholesalers.

And the fourth bonus is 400 woodworking plans.

The total price of My Shed Plans and all the bonuses is only $37.

It really is an awesome resource. And you can have it all, in one single swoop.

Conclusion

As I conclude my honest and unbiased review, I want to highly recommend My Shed Plans Elite for you and your family.

As stated in the beginning of this article, I love saving time and money and the satisfaction and pride that comes with accomplishing a project is priceless!

Click here and check out the testimonials of hundreds of people who have built their own sheds and saved lots of money by doing it themselves!

Cheers.

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How To Build A Shed For Storage, Comfort and Increased Property Value

If you are in need of a man cave, she cave, garden storage, playhouse, a home based office, or extra shelter / space to store your stuff, a shed is the perfect option for you. 

However, do you want to purchase one or do you want to save a lot of money and build it yourself?

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The majority of us can definitely do with more space. As stated earlier, the common purposes of a shed will be for doing hobbies, storing stuff or for working.

However, the addition of square footage can often relate to exorbitant costs and can be a time consuming task.

This is the reason why a lot of preppers and homeowners nowadays are turning to diy backyard shed kits and blueprints.

In the majority of cities around the world, these structures typically do not require permits.

They are basically easy and quick to install when you use step-by-step storage shed plans. 

Advances in technology have resulted in amazing  prefabrication methods. For example, there are several companies that now ship these semi-custom designs directly to your front door.

Because of this, your “tiny house” can be assembled within a day.

Below is some information to help you get started:

Your Project: To Build A Storage Shed

The main goal behind an outdoor shed will be to gain additional storage, living or space.

Step One

Your very first step will involve determining what your cabin or shed will be needed for and the size of the space you require.

If you are looking for storage for your lawn equipment you may want to consider a garden shed design.

Or if your storage area will be used as a she-den, man cave, an office, guest house or children’s playhouse, your shed blueprints will involve more windows for natural light.

However, if it will be used for storage purposes, you may not require or even want windows.

Step Two

Measurements are vitally important when it comes to outdoor shed designs.

An online marketing manager from a company known as Backyard Buildings suggest that any person interested in investing in an outdoor shed should measure every item that they plan on storing in this space.

In addition, space should be put aside for storage growth as time goes by.

Many homeowners often take the cheap route and end up regretting their choice as they find that they quickly run out of space and will soon need a larger unit.

Step Three

Finding out about the local zoning-ordinances will be your next step before deciding on storage shed plans. Every municipality comes with different restrictions in association with accessory buildings and sheds. A lot of the codes dictate on the structure size as well as the distance the structure will need to be from the property line.

The majority of the counties in the U.S permit a maximum of 120 square feet before they will enforce the need for a permit.

For this reason many of the companies that are involved in the processes of building a shed offer 10 foot by 12 foot units.

Generally these types of structures must be positioned around 3 to 5 feet away from your property line.

Even when the city you reside in does not require you to have a permit, it still has rules in place such as where you will be able to position the wood structure on your property.

This is why it is always advisable to find out about all the rules and regulations in your area.

Step Four

When you happen to reside in a city that has requirements in place for permits for the structure you have chosen, you will need to find what is known as your “plat of survey”. This is a type of map that will indicate the layout of your property and where your property line is situated. This map will need to be submitted to the local-zoning department in your city to assist in determining where the structure will be allowed to be positioned.

This map can typically be found in the closing documents that were given to you when you purchased your home. If you cannot find this plat, you will need to use the services of a surveyor that will cost you in the region of $300 to $600 depending on where you reside.

Your Shed Options

When it comes to deciding on the shed that will suit your budget and your needs there are various options available to you.

You can buy shed kits known as off-the-shelf from the big-box stores such as Lowe’s or The Home Depot.

Or you may decide semi-custom, prefabricates units that you can easily purchase from an online store such as the Studio Shed, Modern-Shed, Sett Studio and a number of others.

You may decide you want to go the “do it yourself” route, where you can invest in a shed design software such as My Shed Plans.

The last route would be to go the 100% custom route and then hire an architect designer to create a structure that will blend seamlessly into your landscape as well as you’re the structure of your existing home. This option will also include an experienced builder to ensure a successful outcome.

The pricing-structures on the above mentioned structures will vary greatly, but you will obviously obtain what you are paying for so it is always advisable to consider each of these options.

Off The Shelf Sheds

If you are in search of a cost-effective method to store items such as your pool or your lawn equipment. Then an off-the-shelf shed may be a good option for your needs.

Prefab Sheds

If you are in search of a structure that can offer you versatility which can be used for different reasons over time, like turning a storage area into a home based office, then the online prefab units are a good option for you to consider. These semi-customizable options allow for options such as windows and different colors. These online retailers can often offer you with floor plans to ensure that you can make the most out of the space.

Custom Sheds

If you are in search of a method to integrate this structure into your landscape and your existing home for the purpose of a rental, then a custom shed that has been designed by an expert architect will be the best way to go.

The Costs

You will be able to locate a basic type of off-the-shelf shed that is manufactured out of a resin or plastic at most of the local types of big-box shops in the range of $600 for a structure that measures around 7 foot by 7 foot. If you are looking for a bigger structure, units that are 8 foot by 15 foot retail for about $1,700.

The online prefab-companies such as Studio Shed sell their contemporary units that are manufactured out of corrugated metal and cement-board siding at a starting price of around $7,000. This price is for a unit that is unfinished and measures around 8 foot by 10 foot. This particular company provides what is known as “lifestyle” interior packages that feature a number of flooring options, drywall cladding, electrical fixtures and wiring along with denim insulation. The larger units on offer from these online retailers cost from $20,000 upwards.

Custom Sheds

Custom sheds such as pool shed designs or an area designated as a professional office space can be designed by an architect and usually starts around $50 for every square foot. Depending on the designer, this fee can increase to around $200 for every square foot. You can easily use a google search as a tool to search for designers and architects in your area.

The Installation Times Involved

The big-box stores in general use contractors or employees that assist in installing these off-the-shelf options in shed structures in a few hours.
Online types of prefabricated units will be shipped on trucks and can be assembled within in a day using a professional crew. One of the companies such as Studio Shed provides digital DIY tools which consist of 3D videos that allow you to take on this project with a few family members or friends.

The custom units for outdoor sheds will take time to design and then a few weeks or even months in order to build. This will all be dependent on the complexity as well as the size of the structure that you intend to build.

Over-and-above the off-the-shelf options which are relatively simple to install, it is always wise to factor in the design, shipping and assembling time involved. These outdoor structures are a fantastic method to increase the value of your home and can be used for a number of purposes. It is highly advisable that you research all your options before diving into one of these projects. Remember to also find out about all the rules and regulations in place in your city before going ahead with any plans.

What Is Your Best Option – Shipping Container Home vs Shed

Are you trying to choose between using a shipping storage container or shed for your alternative housing, storage or survival shelter? Both of these structures are sturdy and durable. Yet, each has its pros and cons. Let’s first take a look at the cargo shipping container home.

Shipping Container Prices and Costs

shippingcontainerhomeplansWhen calculating the costs of your container house, you must take into account the size and floor plan. For example, a single-level, two storage unit home will cost less than a three-unit structure.

The following is an estimated price list:

  • Standard 20 Foot Container: US$2,100 | AUD$2,700 | GBP£1,350
  • Standard 40 Foot Container: US$2,850 | AUD$3,650 | GBP£1,850
  • High Cube 20 Foot Container: US$2,200 | AUD$2,850 | GBP£1,450
  • High Cube 40 Foot Container: US$2,950 | AUD$3,800 | GBP£1,925

Also, you have to take into consideration the delivery fee which ranges from $400 – $500 per unit.

Recently, an owner built a beautiful home using the two shipping container floor plan.  His total cost was $37,500. This price does not include the property and land.

This is why I love green living!

What an amazing way to save over $200,000…given the fact that an average home in the United States, Australia, Canada and UK cost approximately $250,000.

Now, let’s take a look at a shed home.

12x16 storage shed plansThis true case study involves a family which built a backyard shed using 12×16 storage shed plans.

It is a quality built home with rafter storm frame connectors, T-111 siding, stick framed with 2 x 4’s nailed 16″ on center featuring two roman-styled windows, steel service door, and a roll up door.

The final cost for the materials which does not include shingles and the concrete base is approximately $1800.

This is the perfect building for a man cave, woman cave, storage, guest house, tiny house, she shed or tool shed.  😎

So have you decided which structure best fit your needs?

Here is a list of five facts and tips:

1.Become completely self-sufficient by going “off the grid” by using solar panels (cooling and power) and a wood stove (heat).

2. Make sure your shipping container home has good ventilation to prevent moisture buildup.

3. A container home is more secure that a shed. It is the perfect bug out, storm or emergency shelter.

4. A shed can be easily converted into an office, rental unit, guest house, barn, woodcraft shop and many other purposes. Imagine generating an extra income at home by renting out your shed home.

5. It will cost less to repair a shed home compared to a shipping container.

Whatever your choice, you definitely can’t go wrong with either of these building structures.