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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
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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 121 – Power – Meter & Breaker Box Installation

meter box
Time to level up!

Power!

We are getting so close to putting this house up guys! I’m seriously losing my mind at how close we are. We needed to get the power install going because using a generator gets old really fast. The power drop was installed almost 2 years ago, and we’ve payed our dues on the build site. That being said, it was the logical next step in the process to make the rest of the build go more smoothly.

Where to start? Your power company is going to be the ones who set the guidelines for how the meter goes on your power pole. You can either hire an electrician to do this or if you’re remotely handy you can do this yourself. Here’s a link to the document that we had to follow, in case you are curious. Once you’ve gone over the guidelines, it’s just time to order your supplies and get cracking!

Supplies & cost for the project

Here is a cost breakdown for the parts we purchased:


The box, ground bus, and adapter for the conduit $175.50
Weather head $18
Conduit $115.50
Power cable to go into conduit $65.50
Brackets to hold conduit to pole $4.16
20 AMP breaker $6.59
GFI receptacle $23.99
Fittings $7.98
wiring for the box $15.99
weatherproof box $14.99

Total cost $448.20

I’m going to say that we paid less than half of what it would cost to hire an electrician for the job. I feel confident in this choice because our install is being looked at by trained professionals, and I’m confident that Mike did a decent job on the project because he knows what he’s looking at. If you’re curious how much it cost us to have the power drop put in, check out this blog post I did on the power drop.

Conclusion

I really feel like choosing to do this ourselves is going to save us an astronomical amount of money. You can’t go wrong, but I’m sure many will tell us that we’ve lost our minds. Just because we may not know how to do something now, doesn’t mean that given the opportunity we can’t learn. Part of being a human being is that we are capable of so much more than we realize. You just have to be bold enough to get out there and fail a lot. Try things and fail miserably at them, because you’ll learn not just about the subject matter that you’re working with. You will also learn so much about who you are and what you’re truly capable of.

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Arched Cabin Foundation Concrete Pour – Ep 117

Arched Cabin Foundation

We have finally begun construction on the arched cabin starting with the Arched Cabin foundation! Currently, we are still waiting for materials to run all of the service lines into the house, but just a couple of weeks ago we were setting up the foundation! We should hopefully have the shell up before the snow flies, depending on how quickly we get our building materials delivered.

What’s Next?

Next up, we are currently working on running all of our service lines into the house. Septic has been located, and we got some of our materials in for the meter and power drop. We are just waiting on some building supplies for that step, and with everything going on in the world right now that’s a challenge. Building supplies are apparently in high demand at the moment or their sources are having trouble obtaining supplies. Either way, the supply chain is making stuff a wee bit slow going at the moment.

What are we planning?

We are planning to run water, power, septic, and propane all at once as we have to get all of those trenches inspected. We also have to get some 2″ square tube to weld to the columns. Those will be used to to secure the columns to the I beams. Those I beams are where Mike and I will be building the subfloor and erecting the Arched Cabin. We are getting going, but it’s still a lot of hurry up and wait. We can’t wait too long though, because we’re already at the end of August.

Arched Cabin Foundation Pour
Mike uses the gooooooolden mallet to knock air bubbles out of the concrete in the sonotube.

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Ep 105 – Upgrading Tools – We purchased a County Line 25 Ton Log Splitter

We were getting down to the last of our firewood at the beginning of the year, and we needed to split some quickly ahead of an incoming storm, except we were down to some very stubborn logs, so we purchased a log splitter!
#firewood #logsplitter #countyline #25ton #tools #choppingwood #wood #mikegyver
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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 97 – Justin Case – We Bought A Tractor, But It Has A Few Issues To Work Out – Part 1

We bought a tractor!
Tractor: 2000 Case 590 Super L
Purchased From: Twisted G Enterprises LLC https://www.twisted-g-enterprise.com/
tractor #casersuperl #casetractor #justincase #mechanic #mikegyver #lazy
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Ep 87 – Hoar Frost, Eco Egg Update, Concerns, & Firewood

We awakened one morning to find ourselves in a surreal world in a forest full of hoar frost. It was incredible.
Ali has some concerns about acquiring the knowledge to maintain the ranch if Mike were unable to for whatever reason.
Update on the eco egg & wool dryer balls
Firewood is rapidly being depleted, and we need to take action!
homestead #vlog #archedcabin #DIY #firewood

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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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