Build This Cozy Cabin For Under $6000


How does $4000 $6,000 sound like as budget for raising a home? Even if you imagine a small crammed place, the cabin you see here fits into that price range, from start to amazing finish. The basic A-frame old cabin is 14 feet by 20 feet and may seem like ordinary from the outside, the inside can be spacious and brightly attractive. Surely, the interior design is a task left to each owner in part, but the construction phase is something you can take advice from someone who has did the exact same thing. You will have to take it slowly, following the steps from a normal building, starting with the foundation, placing the rough floor and then raising the walls and so forth and so on. Find the full list of materials on this next website, detailed with every cost involved, as well as the entire construction story.

Anyone with basic carpentry skills can construct this classic one-room cabin for $4000   $6000. Ok, with all utilities included and depending on your preference the price will be higher. Steve show us the prices that includes the frame, rough floors and shingled roof, but not windows, doors and exterior siding.


Mountain King Log Cabin Floor Plan

PHOTO CREDIT: Mountain King Log Cabin

BUILD THIS CABIN FOR $4000! Not in 2015!

“There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding a $4000 cabin plan on the internet lately. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the author of this ambitious plan was none other than myself! This update corrects some information for a more accurate build.” says Steve Maxwell.



Cabin Building Guide

To download a pdf copy of Steve’s Guide, simply click on the image below. It’s free!




This article first appeared at Mother Earth News

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71 Responses to “Build This Cozy Cabin For Under $6000”

  1. JuanaChick says:

    Everything is very open with a clear clarification of the challenges. It was really informative. Your site is extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing!

  2. AntonWhitmire says:

    Good post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be useful to read through articles from other writers and use something from other sites.

  3. David enyart says:

    Send me information please

  4. danny aune says:

    Could you send me information on it thank you

  5. Matt says:


    I was wondering if you had any interesting ideas for container cabins ?
    6×3 and 9×3 for a getaway spot



  6. Susan says:

    Please send me more designs and costs of these cabins.

  7. Donna Hallowell says:

    i want more info how do I get it

  8. Larry Collins says:

    Call me 740 391 2763

  9. James Marvin Woloshyniuk says:

    Love the cabins plan on building one this summer.

  10. marjeanne showalter says:

    Do you have any more: info or brochures you could send tome tthrough the mail? And also do you have any floor plans for bigger ones. 30×40.? I would also like a basement. Also pricing on bigger ones? Thank you!

  11. Eric costa says:

    love it

  12. Judy Warren says:

    i want to build one 20×20. My husband ani live in our livingroom. If we had a bath and a kitchenette in it we would be comfortable all day and night!

  13. helen says:

    Are there any photos of interiors of any of them? Would love to see some options/choices…..

  14. Vicki graham says:

    Can you send me more information and plans for your cabins thank you

  15. Jerry Hartline says:

    I would love the off of this artical.

  16. Cheyenne Bilbrey says:

    can you guys send me the link to this I mean for this

  17. Tina Gibson says:

    please send more cabin plans/prices. A little larger in size 2,500 sq. ft-3,900 sq. ft. Would be good size plans. Thank you, Tina Gibson

  18. I love your consept but I’m wheelchair bound need one to work for me send me speks please I love it

  19. Pragmaticus says:

    Interesting. Includes rough floors, but not windows, doors or exterior siding.

    Also looks like it doesn’t include electrical or plumbing. Looks like it does not include interior finishing (walls). Not to mention paint.

    Needless to say, does not include appliances or light fixtures.

    Oh – and land.

    Add on those little “extras”, and pretty soon, you’ll have a $30K house for about $35K – just like any other very small house!!!

    • Jonathan McCowan. says:

      I believe this article is in the assumption you already have land, and these are mostly building cost. Most people would expect to spend extra on appliances, unless they cook on a campfire and sleep on rag blankets.

  20. rose phillips says:

    Need pricing

  21. Bridget says:

    Do you have plans for larger cabins.

  22. Gary DeMasi says:

    I have a better insulation solution for your cabins.
    A way to reduce heating and cooling energy by 35% + why no make more affordable on the back end too. I’ll give discount to any one that mentions this good home design cabin. 1888-258-1743 ext 4

  23. Chris Gowens says:

    Would like more info

  24. Cathy says:

    How about a double – the other one to contain a kitchen, bathroom and storage. The original would have the living/sleeping area with a great Murphy bed for space saving and storage.

  25. Kevin Selby says:

    Please send more information, I am very interested.

  26. Stephanie Schreck says:

    I would like to know more about this. Please

  27. Elaine Conover says:

    Always love the “bare bones”

  28. joyce rodgers says:

    Want one, send me more info…

  29. Sandy Harmon says:

    Awesome, I am planning a 400 sq foot mobile home, with loft. It will have the best quality, but small and mobile if need be. We all waste so much space, to heat, to clean, etc. I feel we can still have the best features, cathedral ceiling, trapaziod windows, copper sinks, hardwood floors, granite counter tops, etc within 400 sq feet. Hot Tub outside, sceened in deck outside. Let’s share some plans.

  30. ken says:

    As anyone compared this to arched cabins . com or ulrich log cabins . com? Anyone want one of these in colorado?

  31. Laurie Bowser says:

    I would love more information please. In a few years my goal is to buy a nit of land and build something quite like this! I am excited! And you plan here is very similar to what I envision!

  32. Donald lease says:

    Please send me info thanks

  33. Mike sheeley says:

    i would like to get more info

  34. Randy Shake says:

    I wonder how much after proper installation,plumbing,electrical ……im sure it is only $4000 for a basic wood shell…..This is post is very misleading…alot more money for a small cabin thats ready to move in…

  35. suzi says:

    Would love to see the inside finished!

  36. Anita jordan says:

    I would like to see more. Designs please

  37. Peggy Mariucci says:

    Please email me the pdf

  38. Steve Maxwell says:

    Hi Folks.

    I’ve updated the pricing for this guide at my website – The $4000 figure is almost a decade old and is going to be difficult to hit without getting most of your materials for free, or using substandard materials – neither of these is a good option.

    Matt at Danforth Lumber in Toronto helped me to pull together the current price sheet to go with this sturdy little shell which I’ve attached at the link below.

    Check out my article on this whole story at

    Bye for now,

    Steve Maxwell

  39. maria recio says:

    Can you send me somemore info on these as well.

  40. david ferrell says:

    Please send me some info. Cant get the link to work… want to build one for sure.

  41. tatom says:

    will you please send me plans for 1000 sf

  42. stephen says:

    I would Like to get some plans for a 24-36 cabin and the blue prints for one that has two bedrooms

  43. jeremy gibson says:

    i would love some plans or a book or mag,so i can build my home in a month or so

  44. Jerry Phillips says:

    lke to look a book that u build it.thanks

  45. brenda says:

    Love to see inside of one

  46. Jody says:

    Would you please send me more info on this cabin. Seeing downsizing in my future. Can a bedroom be made in the upstairs of this cabin? Would love more info, please. Thank you

  47. John Paul says:

    The revision says appx 6 thousand. Tou need to read more caredully.

  48. Jonathan McCowan. says:

    I do wonder, if someone wanted it bigger, could they build a design like 2 side by side, connected, for around $16000?

  49. Amanda Seale says:

    Would love to know more maybe something like a magazine

  50. Angel fisher says:

    Would like more info.

  51. cory cassatt says:

    Would like more info

  52. Paul Hermsen says:

    the only problem with this size is there is not much room to put in a bathroom or laundry so i would like to see one about 10 feet longer to have a bathroom, laundry, and furnice room all combined.

  53. Autumn says:

    I tried to download the specs and it didn’t work. Could you please tell me how to download them? Thanks!

    • Steve says:

      Sorry Autumn, the original documents are hosted at my website and over the last week my web host has taken off for the holidays it seems! You should be able to get it now!

  54. Tiny McCain says:

    Love it! Want to know more about tiny cabin with a good price. Can you send me a brochure or your website?

    Happy Holidays!

  55. Angelica Ortiz says:

    Need a 3 bedroom 2 bath cabin.

  56. Sarah Castle says:

    Love more information.

  57. joeanne says:

    I would love this built. R u in canada
    Would love to hear back from u

  58. Francisco Cervantes says:

    I really liked, I’m going to build one like this one but little bit bigger 20′ wide x 25′ length

  59. Linda says:

    Is there a plan on maybe a two bedroom size of 16X60 ?

  60. Sheilah E Dickerson says:

    Love to build

  61. Christina says:

    Hi are you in Canada do you have a full site
    How many people would it take to build it would yhey have to be skilled

  62. Marvelous says:

    How cool of you to share your building ideas! No guess work – awesome! Thanx kindly!

  63. D davignon says:

    If you could build that for $6000 I’ll take 20 of them I’ve been a carpenter for 40 years you’re not even close to being in the ballpark

  64. Nancy says:

    Just wondering what the costs would be today. Have you kept up?



  66. Aaron says:

    Im wanting to build a cabin that is roughly 20’x 30’ with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Do you have any plans for something similar? Im willing to pay for the plans. Thanks

  67. sheds for sale says:

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