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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

Ways to support our journey if you wish

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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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Floor Joists : How will we do them?

How do we install the floor joists?

We started with our lumber which is 2x10x16 foot #2 Prime Pressure Treated Lumber that we purchased from Lowe’s at the end of October in 2020. I just want to point out that the prices had already gone through the roof when ordering these materials, but now they are still even another 52% higher at the time I’m writing this than when we purchased the lumber. I think with the pandemic and so many supply chain issues, it might be awhile before prices go back down.

Then Mike of course has done this before, but I’ve never installed floor joists. So I had to learn how to do it! One thing for sure is that we definitely have too much overlap. We will have to take these down before we finish the rest to cut them down to size. The overlap of wood beams should be about 2 feet, but we ended up with 10 feet dead on. We’ll be cutting those 2x12x10 Douglas Fir down to size before we finish the rest. We’ll use the scraps to wrap around the outside of the subfloor and also for the blocking in between each floor joist. Watch our video on YouTube to see how we did it!

We actually put these up somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I’ve been holding onto this footage for a bit, but I had some technical difficulties with my editing library where all of my footage is stored. As a result, I’m just cleaning up the footage, and posting them instead of waiting until we finish this portion of the project.

What is our background with the construction process?

This is my first time doing this kind of construction, but Mike has replaced floor joists in the past. His construction experience is not quite as limited as mine, but I do know that he built a nice little workshop shed in Denver. I even managed to help slightly on that project by handing him tools or helping hold up the wall. I even did a little painting, and learned why you don’t paint when it’s cold outside. That shed was peeling before the end of a year. At least I know what NOT to do next time!

What are you working on now?

It’s still pretty cold here in the mountains of Colorado, and so we are working on maintenance projects while we wait for the weather to warm up a bit more. We have several automotive repairs that need to happen and we need to replenish our firewood piles for this year and for the coming seasons. I have started a side channel on YouTube called, “The Lazy A-Hole Recliner Show” where I am following those side projects I’ve mentioned. This week I’m talking firewood and the Swedish method for fire starting.

I have also made videos on welding, cooking, and gardening as well on the secondary channel. I’m always open to suggestions, so if there’s something in particular that you’d like to see us take on, leave a comment on any of the videos or in the comment section of this blog.

We also have to finish the leach field for the septic next door at Mike’s mom’s house, and you ‘ll see that video hopefully soon, and I’ve started getting everything together to start my seeds. We are again still just waiting for slightly warmer weather to get started on all of these outdoor projects. Until then, I invite you to follow along as I tackle a whole host of other side projects and life on the ranch.

How much does building an arched cabin cost?

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

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 for materials this week: $1365.60

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

Total Cost (excluding land) $43,614.59 (including this week’s metal working supplies)

Products used during this week’s adventure of floor joists!


Arched Cabin House Kit
2x10x16 Pressure Treated Lumber
1/4 x 1 1/2″ lag screws
Milwaukee 3/8″ Cordless Ratchet (Affiliate Link)

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Fabricating & Welding Brackets for our Arched Cabin

a manufactured clip welded to the beam for the arched cabin

Fabricating & welding the brackets for the floor joists

This week I am showing you the process of fabricating & welding the brackets for our foundation. These brackets will hold the floor joists to the metal beams that we have welded to the concrete and metal piers. On the plans they call for these brackets to be 32″ on center. Then they explained to us that the floor joists are to be tied together using blocking, but Mike & I felt like we’d prefer the floor to be sturdier. As a result, we’re welding the brackets every 16″ on center to ensure a nice, solid structure.

fabricating & welding brackets for the arched cabin
Ali about to be fabricating & welding some brackets!

How much does building an arched cabin cost?

Today’s Costs for fabricating & welding:
2″ Angle Iron x 3/16″ thick – 32′ $56.07
Labor (cutting steel to fit in the bed of the truck) $6

Total for materials this week: $62.07

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

Total Cost (excluding land) $42,248.99 (including this week’s metal working supplies)

Products used during this week’s adventure of fabricating & welding

.030 Flux Core mig welding wire (affiliate link)
Hobart Handler 210MPV Mig Welder (affiliate link)
Arched Cabin House Kit
Glaser Steel in Colorado Springs
Better Welding Gloves (affiliate link, not pictured in this video)
Aluminized Glove Back-Pad (affiliate link, not pictured in this video)
Contact Tips (affiliate link)
Nozzle for flux core (affiliate link)
Evolution S380CPS 15″ Metal Chop Saw (affiliate link)

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Arched Cabin Foundation Forms Set & Inspected

After getting snowed out at the end of last summer, and a late start this year due to other projects being prioritized, we have FINALLY started building our Arched Cabin! #archedcabin #archedcabins #foundationconstruction #DIYhousebuild

Finally!

We are FINALLY building the house. The title says it all. The arched cabin foundation forms set & inspected. We poured concrete last week, and have begun to dig the trenches for sewer, water, gas, and power. It’s both exhilarating and exhausting to build your own house. My brain has been on overload with all of the new information that has been dumped into it over the past few weeks as things have been ramping up.

What’s next for the Arched Cabin & Life?

While the concrete hangs out to cure this week, Mike has to sneak up on replacing the transmission that died on his truck. We kind of need the truck for doing and hauling things. We have also started the work for all of our service lines coming into the house. I just realized that he should probably consider trenching in the phone line as well in case we decide to get a landline since there’s no cell service to speak of in the area. In this case, we really need to be forward thinking in planning for the future of the house in order to prevent having to trench things in after the house is complete. We’ve discussed things such as putting in fiber optic cables between the houses for a larger “home network”, putting in a frost free hydrant next to the garden, rainwater collection system that ties into the cistern, etc etc etc. So we have a lot of considerations while planning the layout of everything.

Costs for the Arched Cabin

I haven’t updated this in ages, so it’s time to talk about the costs so far as follows:
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
Total Cost (excluding land) $40,380.95

You can read more in depth about some of the costs that I’ve covered here. I’ll periodically be updating the costs as we go, but that is the original post and goes more in depth on some of this.
If you’re interested in building your own arched cabin, you can visit the Arched Cabin by clicking here.

I’m so excited that we are building our dream! Thank you so much for following along on our journey. Have an amazing day!

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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 83 – Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law – As always whatever can go wrong during the build process goes wrong. That’s okay though, we just keep on trucking!
Weather spoiled some of our plans and a mild injury slowed us down, but we’ll be at it again hopefully this week!
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Ep 81 – Mistakes Were Made

So we thought we were prepared to move forward. We did a ton of work, and then realized we forgot a very important step.
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Ep 80 – Setting up the forms for the Arched Cabin

We are beginning construction! We began setting up the forms for the foundation for the arched cabin, but in usual fashion, something has gotten in the way! We keep going like we always do though! You can’t keep us down for very long!
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