Home kits that include all the plans and materials needed to build your own home are an economical solution for many DIYers. While these kit homes cost much less than purchasing a pre-built home, they can still be quite expensive. And because the materials are supplied and ready for you, it provides less flexibility for you to customize and tailor your home to your needs and tastes.
Purchasing an inexpensive set of wood or log cabin plans, on the other hand, gives you the freedom to choose your materials and modify designs to fit your exact requirements. Below, you can discover some of the best cabin plans for building your own personal sanctuary.
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1. Saltbox Cabin With Loft
These downloadable cabin plans with a loft can help you create a 12-foot by 20-foot saltbox cabin. The digital packet includes building plans, exterior elevations, foundation information, framing plans, and roof truss plans. You can use these details to construct a cabin with an upper sleeping or storage loft on your own, or hire a professional to build it.
2. A-Frame Cabin
While you can find reasonably priced log cabin house kits out there, they’ll cost a good deal more than following these plans for a small A-frame cabin. The plans, which are designed for beginner and expert builders alike, include blueprints, 3D renderings, a materials list, step-by-step instructions, and hundreds of photographs and videos to walk you through the construction process while building this 10-foot by 12-foot cabin. While the exact price of materials will vary, they are estimated to cost less than $3,000.
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3. Adirondack Cabin
If you’re searching for cabin floor plans to build a more spacious retreat, take a look at the plans for this 20-foot by 26-foot, 2-bedroom Adirondack-style cabin. The 18-page download includes all the information you need to build the cabin yourself, including floor plans, plans for materials, elevations, foundation, roof, and wiring, and schedules for doors and windows. The completed cabin includes high ceilings, a spacious patio, a loft, expansive windows to let in natural light, and a loft.
4. Raven Original Cabin
The Raven Original, which has been featured in a variety of publications, is designed for those looking for off-grid living. Building this cabin requires basic carpentry skills but some familiarity with construction plans, and there are no step-by-step instructions are included. The finished cabin, which can be built over any type of foundation, includes a galley kitchen, two lofts, an open deck, and a screened-in sleeping porch. The overall footprint (accounting for the deck and porch) is an impressive 24 feet by 28 feet.
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5. Raven Mini Cabin
If you like the idea of the Raven Original cabin but would prefer small cabin plans, the Raven Mini Cabin may be right for you. This 210-square-foot cabin has a 108-square-foot footprint and is small enough that, in most jurisdictions, you should not need a building permit (but be sure to consult local rules before building). While small, this cabin features a spacious 12-foot by 12-foot loft space.
6. Tiny Modern Cabin
Build your own tiny modern cabin using these DIY- and contractor-ready blueprints from Etsy seller Elevated Spaces. The cabin plans include 3D plans for all layers of the structure, precise measurements, a FAQ sheet, and more than 600 pictures and videos of the build process. You can modify the plans to customize the cabin’s size, but if built as is, the cabin offers 280 square feet (14 feet by 20 feet) of space along with an extra 98 square feet (7.5 feet by 13 feet) of loft space.
7. Simple Cabin
If you’re looking for a simple, cabin-style home, you can make your own by following these plans. The 17-page plans, which include step-by-step directions, a materials list, and 2D and 3D images, will help you build this incredibly affordable 10-foot by 16-foot cabin.
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8. Tiny House Cabin
Take these plans with you to your dream plot of land to build this tiny house cabin. Measuring 16 feet by 20 feet, this A-frame cabin offers 320 square feet of living space and a loft for extra storage or sleeping room. The plans include a shopping list, detailed instructions, photographs, and other resources to facilitate the build.
9. Redwood Cabin With Loft
The plans to build this redwood cabin are designed to be easy to follow for those with basic woodworking experience and tools, but they (like the other plans above) can also be passed on to a professional builder. Detailed instructions, elevations, foundation plans, framing plans, and plumbing and electrical hookup information is all included in the plans. The finished cabin measures 16 feet by 20 feet and includes a spacious loft.
The prices listed here are accurate as of April 3, 2023.