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Assembling the Arched Cabin House Kit

What is a house kit, and why should I consider one?

This week we are assembling our arched cabin house kit! So just what is an Arched Cabin? And what is a house kit?
An Arched Cabin is a steel construction kit that you put together like you would a set of tinker toys or legos Except you would use screws instead of the pieces just snapping together. Shed kits are commonly purchased from any big box, home improvement store, and the average handyman can stand up a shed in a weekend. The difference between a shed kit and the arched cabin house kit is that these are made from steel, and also have customizable floor plans for a little extra money. You should consider a house kit if you have a relatively small budget, and a little know how because it can save you a significant amount of money in the long run.

Watch the video embedded above to see how we went about assembling our Arched Cabin House Kit!

assembling the arched cabin house kit
The arched cabin house kit assembled, and ready to add the supports for the end caps

Why did you choose this type of kit?

The arched cabin house kit was one of the most affordable house kits on the market , and when we started researching what type of home that we wanted to put on our property this one really jumped out at us.
Not only was it a unique and visually appealing, but it seemed to be the most cost effective way to place a house on our property.
The nice thing about this kit, is that you can fine tune your costs by spending less on the things that aren’t as important to you, and save up to spend on the larger ticket items that you feel will suit you best. In essence, it’s like having a custom build without the custom build price tag. Because of this, it is steadily becoming a popular option for those who wish to pack up and move away from the city, but don’t have a huge budget to do so.

What is next for the build?

Next up for the build we need to save up and purchase the 3″ square tube that will be welded across the front and back of the house kit. Those sections of steel are needed to help sturdy up the frame, and to help make this structure strong. Once we finish that step, then we’ll have a partial framing inspection, and then we will begin the process of framing in the end caps. The end caps are the front and back of the cabin which will close in the structure and it will be on its way to becoming our home.

In conclusion

If you can take some time to learn some new skill, or have someone working with you who has basic handyman skills, then you have an affordable option for building a home. They are a fantastic choice for those looking to build a home, and do it at a reduced cost. A custom build without the custom price.

How much does building your own house cost?

Total Cost for this week

Total costs for assembling the Arched Cabin House Kit over the weekend:
Self Tapping Lag Screws – 2 boxes of 100 ($22.99 each) $45.98
Hillman Lag bolts – 3″ – ($.40 each x 12) $4.80
DeWalt Impact 5/32″ drill bit ($5.99 each x 3) $17.97
Ace Drill bit for wood and metal $1.79 (best drill bit we used)
TEKS #14 2 1/2″ socket hex head Sheet metal screws from Lowe’s (sheared off and worked like garbage for this application) 120 screws $20.68
Safety Harness $49.99
Rope for Safety Harness $33.85

Total for materials this week: $175.06

Previously Purchased, but not previously mentioned:

Sonotubes $302
3″ Square Tube for the Piers $1250
Rebar $31
Misc Lumber for assembling post and pier foundation $54.56

Total missed cost from foundation: $1637.56

Previously Tallied Costs:

20 X 32 Arched Cabin House Kit: $13,032.50. (paid in 2017 and includes the delivery cost)
Architect to finish plans for permits & help navigate some building department stuff. $1570
Initial Soil Testing $1550
Open Hole Inspection $325
Driveway Permit $50
Pre-Site Inspection $40
Permits $1797
Excavation $14,062.70 (we ran into the septic line at one point, plus there’s also an easement being installed between our place and Mike’s Mom’s place)
Power Drop $3026
Concrete $1020.40
Shipping Container $3344.25 – Will become a workshop after the build
Tile & Sink for downstairs bathroom $563.10
Meter Box Install – $448.20
Septic Line to the house $164.48 or $3.46/foot.
Water line from the control pit to the house  $321.15 or about $7.14/linear foot
Power line from the pole to the house $596.54 or about $4.77/linear foot
Beams & Supports tied together (Welding & Materials) – $275.60
2″ Angle Iron x 3/16″ thick – 32′ $56.07
Labor (cutting steel to fit in the bed of the truck) $6
Lag Bolts for all of the floor joists, and I believe this also includes the lost 1/4′ x 1 1/2″ – 80 of them $.21 each – $16.80
Floor joists 2x10c16 Pressure treated #2 – 60 of them @$22.48 (Price is already up to $38.67 4 months later!) – $1348.80


Total Cost (excluding land) $45,427.21 (including this week’s supplies as well as the sonotubes, 3″ square tubes, and rebar for the foundation)

Products used during this week’s adventure of raising the kit!


Arched Cabin House Kit
Affiliate Link:
Hillman Fasteners that worked VERY well
Impact Driver (recommend one for each person screwing or drilling)
Greg’s Cordless Milwaukee Set
Bob’s Cordless Makita Set
Drill bits from Ace (not affiliate)
Dewalt Impact Drill bits (not affiliate)
Fubar III
Come Along
Giant Tow Strap

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Installing the Arched Cabin Subfloor

What type of Subfloor are we installing for the Arched Cabin?

So for our Arched Cabin Subfloor, we chose to use Advantech 23/32 inch x 4 feet x 8 feet tongue and groove OSB subfloor. We paid a little bit more up front for this higher quality product, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to what that product is going for now! When we purchased the subfloor in October of 2020, prices had already increased dramatically, and we paid $43.61 for each 4×8′ sheet. I just looked at the store we purchased it from, and it’s out of stock, but if it were in stock it would be $110/sheet today!

Why did we choose Advantech flooring?

We wanted a really solid floor that wouldn’t be all squeaky, and in all of our research this was the flooring that really shined, and was highly utilized by the professionals. It’s OSB that is permeated with some sort of resin if I’m remembering correctly. It has a no sand guarantee (if you don’t leave it out to the elements) and a limited lifetime warranty. I’m sure that we are going to be extremely happy with this product as time goes on.

How much does building an arched cabin cost?

Today’s Costs for ALL of thesubfloor, and not just what we did in the video::

Advantech 23/32″ X 4′ X 8′ OSB Subfloor – $43.61/sheet – total 28 sheets $1221.08 total
Liquid Nails Construction Adhesive (All the adhesive we purchased for the build) $4.04/tube x 45 tubes – $181.44 total (one tube was $3.68 for some reason, and the current price is $4.98/tube)
Deck Screws – #8×3″ – 25lb bucket $80.98 (current price in 8/2021 is $94.98)
3.5″ Construction Screws – 1 box $23.99
1 box lag screws 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ – 13.49
Lumber Crayons $1.39 x 4 colors – $5.56
Crayon Sharpener – $2.79

Total for materials this week: $1529.33

20 X 32 Arched Cabin House Kit: $13,032.50. (paid in 2017 and includes the delivery cost)
Architect to finish plans for permits & help navigate some building department stuff. $1570
Initial Soil Testing $1550
Open Hole Inspection $325
Driveway Permit $50
Pre-Site Inspection $40
Permits $1797
Excavation $14,062.70 (we ran into the septic line at one point, plus there’s also an easement being installed between our place and Mike’s Mom’s place)


Power Drop $3026
Concrete $1020.40
Shipping Container $3344.25 – Will become a workshop after the build
Tile & Sink for downstairs bathroom $563.10
Meter Box Install – $448.20
Septic Line to the house $164.48 or $3.46/foot.
Water line from the control pit to the house  $321.15 or about $7.14/linear foot
Power line from the pole to the house $596.54 or about $4.77/linear foot
Beams & Supports tied together (Welding & Materials) – $275.60
2″ Angle Iron x 3/16″ thick – 32′ $56.07
Labor (cutting steel to fit in the bed of the truck) $6
Lag Bolts for all of the floor joists 1/4′ x 1 1/2″ – 80 of them $.21 each – $16.80
Floor joists 2x10c16 Pressure treated #2 – 60 of them @$22.48 – $1348.80

Total Cost (excluding land) $45,143.92 (including this week’s subfloor supplies)

Products used during this week’s adventure of advantech subfloor!

Impact Driver (Affiliate Link)
Hearing Protection that I really should have used but didn’t
Arched Cabin House Kit
23/32 x 4 feet x 8 feet Advantech Flooring
Liquid Nails Construction Adhesive (Affiliate Link)

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EP 107 – Shipping Container Part 2 – Ali has a PTSD Episode while we move the shipping container

WARNING! Content may be disturbing for some. I had my worst PTSD episode in a couple of years. I discuss heavily what’s happening and where things went wrong. Thankfully I worked my way through it and triumphed at the end, because that’s what I do. #PTSD #construction
#shippingcontainer #ptsdepisode #anatomyofptsd #panic #panicattack
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Ep 104 – A Serviceable Garment – Sewing my first article of clothing

Mike helped me learn to use the sewing machine, and I made what he is calling, “A serviceable garment” LOL I’ll need to try some new things for the next iteration of the shirt, but I’m looking forward to the next one!
#serviceablegarment #sewing #clothing #garment
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Ep101 Tools for Life – Gifts for a teenager – Mike installs a heat powered fan for the wood stove

Arden is 18! I can’t believe my baby is turning into an adult! We wanted to help prepare him for adulthood so we got him some tools for life. Mike installs a wood stove fan to try and help distribute heat throughout the house. #toolsforlife #tools #happybirthday #adulthood Buy soap & lotion from our website or view our blog posts. All products are hand crafted by Ali. https://lazyaholeranch.com Become a Patron! – https://www.patreon.com/lazyaholeranch Visit us on FB and Instagram @lazyaholeranch @lazyaholepets @lazyaholesoap
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Episode 100 – Building an Arched Cabin in Colorado. A Look Back and Looking to the Future.

Episode 100?!?!?! I can’t believe that we are already on episode 100! I first started this channel in 2017, but didn’t really start making regular videos until mid to late 2018. I started this channel purely to keep myself busy, and it’s grown and changed as much as I have. Thank you so much for you love and support over the past 2 years while I work through a whole bunch of things. #archedcabin #episode100 #100 #lazy #housekit #colorado
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Ep 96 – Gathering the Tools for the Job

As winter begins to slowly loosen its hold, we are making strides forward towards the goal of getting the shell up and the house dried in this year. Tools are going to be a big part of the job, so it’s time to start gathering those things that we’ll need. #tools #construction #estatesale #DIY #archedcabin #oldtools Buy soap & lotion from our website or view our blog posts. All products are hand crafted by Ali. https://lazyaholeranch.com Become a Patron! – https://www.patreon.com/lazyaholeranch Visit us on FB and Instagram @lazyaholeranch @lazyaholepets @lazyaholesoap
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Ep – 92 – JiJi the Cat – An Amigurmi Knitting Pattern – Kiki’s Delivery Service

Ali makes Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service for the kids in the family

So for Christmas this year, I was reminded that “Kiki’s Delivery Service” is Arden’s favorite movie. (The 2003 version with Phil Hartman doing the dub of Jiji the cat) It’s my first experience with Miyazaki films, and really is such a sweet, wholesome movie. I decided I would grab a bunch of the newer DVDs for the other kinder in the family, and I knitted them all up a Jiji the Cat from this pattern that I found on Ravelry, but I found that I really wasn’t a fan of the completed product, so I redid the pattern and am posting it below!

Jiji the Cat

Body

Abbreviations:
K – knit
KFB – Knit front and back
SSK – slip slip knit

Cast on 6 stitches and split between two needles (magic loop) and join in the round. Please note that you will repeat all stitches between the asterisks.
Round1 * kfb*all stitches (12 stitches)
Round 2 k
Round 3 *kfb, k1 * (18 stitches)
Round 4 K
Round 5 *kfb, k2* (24 stitches)
Round 6 k
Round 7 *kfb, k3* (30)
Round 8 k
Round 9 *kfb, k4* (36)
Round 10 k
Round 11 *kfb, k5* (42)
Round 12-22knit
Round 23 *ssk, k5* (36)
Round 24 k
Round 25 *ssk, k4* (30)
Round 26 k
Round 27 *kfb, k4* (36)
Round 28-38k
Round 39 *ssk, k4* (30)
Round 40 K
Round 41 *ssk, k3* (24 stitches)
Round 42 K
Round 43 *ssk, k2* (18 stitches)
Round 44 k
Round 45 k
Round 46 k
Round 47 *kfb, k2* (24)
Round 48 *kfb, k3* (30)
Round 49 *kfb, k4* (36)
Round 50 *kfb, k5* (42)
Round 51-64
Add some stuffing
Round 65 *ssk, k5* (36)
Round 66 *ssk, k4* (30)
Round 67 *ssk, k3* (24)
Round 68 *ssk, k2* (18)
Row 69 *ssk, k1* (12)
Row 70 *ssk* (6)
Thread yarn through last 6 stitches and pull closed and weave in the end.

Ears


Cast on 20 Divide in half on circular needles & join.
Put stitch marker in after 2 stitches to mark the beginning of the round.
Knit 8 rows
Row 9 1st 2 stitches slip slip and knit together, knit 6 then slip slip and knit those two togetherrepeat to end of round (16 stitches)
Row 10-12 knit
Row 13 slip slip knit together, k4, ssk (12 stitches)
Row 14 k
Row 15 k
Row 16 ssk, k2, ssk, ssk, k2 ssk (8 stitches)
Row 17 k
Row 18 ssk x 4 (4 stitches)
Row 19 k
Row 20 ssk x2
Cut and pull string through last 2 stitches to tie off, and tuck end inside of ear

Tail


Cast on 6 stitches and split between two needles (magic loop) or 4 DPNs. Mark the beginning of your round
Round 1 *kfb,k1* (9)
Round 2 k
Round 3 *kfb, k2* (12)
Knit each row until piece measures 10” -12″or reaches the top of Jiji’s head.

Then after 10”-12″ of tail, *ssk, k2* (9)
Next row *ssk, k1* (6)
Next row *ssk* (3)
Thread yarn through remaining 3 stitches and weave in

Sewing up

I recommend gluing your felt to his ears before stuffing and sewing to the body using a whip stitch. I attached his tail using a whip stitch as well.
When gluing on the eyes and nose, I recommend applying the glue to the parts, smearing it around with your finger to the edges, and then lightly applying them where you’d like them on Jiji’s face. Then you will either need to clamp him between a couple of boards, or if you don’t have clamps, use something heavy to apply pressure until the glue is cured. He will look silly, but it will keep his face on.

For the eyes and nose, I used this template from the original pattern. I did shrink down the eyes and nose just a bit, but not a whole lot. Maybe 1/8-1/4″ around the eyeballs. As for the ears, I found it best to trace the actual ears and then come in maybe 1/8-1/4″ from the edges. Please note that the link for the template will automatically download the PDF. At least it does for me.

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Ep 86 – Ali’s Staycation Solid Lotion Tutorial

Mike had to go to Denver for a few days to do Denver things, and left Ali home alone to do those things that Ali won’t do while Mike is around
#solidlotion #tutorial #DIY #archedcabin #homestead

Recipe:
Makes 9 solid lotions if you’re using 2 oz tins.
Just under 1 cup of beeswax. Leave about 1/4″ from the top. Use less if you’d like it a little softer
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons of evening primrose oil or any other supplemental oil you’d like (optional)
2 tablespoons vitamin e oil (optional)
2 tablespoons fragrance oil. I used Nag Champa in this batch.**** If using essential oils, I would use a capful at the most. They are potent!****


Melt your beeswax & coconut oil in a jar or pyrex measuring glass in a bath of hot water, and add in your olive oil to heat and blend. Once all the oils are melted, remove from heat and add the optional oils and fragrance oil. Blend well with a popsicle stick, and pour into your 2 oz tins. Allow to cool. 


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