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Welding Supports for the Arched Cabin

Finishing the metal framing for the kit

Mike and I focused on welding supports for the arched cabin house kit! We headed into Colorado Springs to Glaser Steel to pick up the 3″ and 2′ square tube needed to give extra support on the ends of the arched cabin, and also to begin the process of framing in those end caps. Supply chain issues continue to hound us as we struggle to find the materials we need to get this kit dried in before winter sets in.

What is next for the house build?

Next up for us will be to frame in the end caps, apply house wrap, and then start the process of putting in the insulation that comes with the kit along with applying the roof panels. We only have a handful of nice days left before the bitter cold of winter settles in and makes it impossible for us to continue work. We are both increasingly anxious about trying to get it all done ahead of winter weather. Will we make it this year? One thins I’m grateful for is that we are finishing up these tasks like welding the square tube end supports for the arched cabin. It’s better than nothing and gets us moving towards those goals.

welding supports for the arched cabin

How much does building your own house cost?

Total Cost for this week

Total costs for the front and back supports for the Arched Cabin House Kit this week:
Hillman Lag bolts – 3″ – ($.40 each x 25) $10.00
Red Metal Primer Spray Paint (2 @ $4.50 each) $9.00
3″ Square Tube 11 gauge 16′ 6″ used ($9.23 per foot) $152.30
3″ Square Tube 14 gauge 16′ 6′ used ($7.24 per foot) $119.46
2′ Square Tube 14 gauge 17′ 4″ used total ($4.26 per foot0 $73.78
Hillman Lag Bolts for rim joists and side plates ($0.40 each x 25) $10.00
Red metal Primer spray can ($4.50 each x 2) $9

Total for materials this week: $364.54

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
Sonotubes $302
3″ Square Tube for the Piers $1250
Rebar $31
Misc Lumber for assembling post and pier foundation $54.56
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) $45,791.75 (including this week’s supplies)

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


Arched Cabin House Kit
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Welding CIty .030 Flux Core Wire
Welding Back Pad – Awesome for protecting your gloves from spatter from the flux core wire
Hobart Auto Darkening Welding Helmet
Impact Driver (recommend one for each person screwing or drilling)
Giant Tow Strap

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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)

Ways to support our journey if you wish

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Buy Soap!

Become a Patron!

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Want to build your own Arched Cabin? Visit their website! (we receive nothing from Arched Cabins)