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Baubit Mini Cabin

I found this awesome cabin who has done a great job of documenting their process of building their mini Cabin.  The cabin is around 160 square feet with a loft in it.  The did this all in around 2 weeks! One part that I really appreciate is that they took the time to shared their budget.




roof frame

Here is what the Vermont Mini Cabin cost me:

  • Pressure-treated lumber (Home Depot) $100
  • Rough-sawn lumber (Eagle Saw Mill) $704
  • 3/4″ plywood $568
  • Nails, screws, other misc. supplies $200
  • Tyvek $145
  • Ship-lap pine siding $600
  • Stain $100
  • Metal roofing panels and flashing (Fabral) $936
  • Clear pine for trim $180
  • Insulation $100
  • Steel door $100
  • Windows (12 Pella ProLine casements w/screens) $3623
  • Stove (Morso Squirrel) $1100
  • Chimney and stove pipe (Simpson) $500
  • Flooring (Forbo Marmoleum Click) $502

Cost before adjustments $9458


Forgone BMW purchase ($44,260) …’cuz that’s what my friends are buying instead of doing stuff like this.

12 days labor of high-priced innovation consultant (not thinking about that)

Net Savings $34,802

Incidentally, I purchased the site for $8500, plus another $1000 or so in legal fees and transfer fees/taxes. (One of a half dozen lots I was able to aggregate in a largely defunct development.) So, even including the land costs, this project was well under half the cost of the BMW, and I believe it will be around a lot longer than that car would have been.


  1. When all is said and done, I’ll bet you enjoy that little cabin FAR MORE than you ever would have enjoyed a BMW. Better yet … NO CAR NOTE! 🙂 Cool cabin!

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