Posted on: June 3, 2020 at 4:47 pm
Last updated: October 15, 2020 at 5:02 pm

Building yourself a tiny home and living a simpler life seems to be what everyone wants to do these days. With housing prices continuing to skyrocket and life becoming increasingly stressful, it’s no wonder people are looking to get away from it all and live smaller with more freedom. Not all of us are architects or builders, and the idea of building our own tiny home seems impossible. Thankfully, with cabin kits and design plans, building your own A-frame cabin has never been easier.


A-Frame Cabin Kits

Maybe you are just looking to build a little vacation cabin, or perhaps you’re ready to make the full move to a less stressful, less expensive life. Either way, these a-frame cabin kits are perfect for you to build a small oasis for not very much money. (1, 2)

Builder Steve Maxwell has all of the necessary materials and instructions laid out in his book Build This Cozy Cabin. (1, 2,)


Read: This artist couple build an incredible cabin out of recycled windows for under $500

Cabin Details

The cabin is a 14-by-20 feet one-room cabin with a porch and cozy loft for sleeping. The instructions Maxwell has laid out are very detailed, however, he does leave room for you to customize and make your home your own. Details such as these are all up to the builder (1, 2,):

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Wood
  • Painting/decorating
  • Interior design
  • Outdoor landscaping

Though originally priced out at $6050 in 2015, with inflation you’re looking at a cost of approximately $6500 in 2020. This, of course, will fluctuate depending on where you live and the cost of tools and supplies. (1, 2, 3)

Even if you don’t wish to turn the a-frame into a living space, the creative DIY-er can use his tips and design information to instead build a shed or even a small garage. (1, 2)


DIY Guide

If building your own a-frame cabin is something you are interested in doing, then we highly suggest that you check out Maxwell’s plans, price out your materials, and give it a go! Whether it’s for a tiny backyard playhouse, a simple shed, or your own cabin getaway, this A-frame cabin tutorial is the easiest and most cost-effective guide you’ll find.

Keep Reading: These Self-Sufficient Island Cabins Have All the Comforts of Home

Julie Hambleton
Team Writer
Julie Hambleton is a fitness and nutrition expert and co-founder of The Taste Archives along with her twin sister Brittany Hambleton.

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