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Build your own A-frame getaway cabin

Getting away from it all in your own cabin needn’t be a dream; the reality starts with a plan.

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Getting away from it all in your own cabin needn’t be a dream; the reality starts with a plan.

Ever dreamed of having a weekend retreat but dismissed it as fantasy? You can make that dream a reality, even on a budget. But it will take some sweat equity, time and a solid plan.

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This do-it-yourself A-frame cabin project contains more than 1,100 square feet of living space (not including the extensive decks and porches). Downstairs is a kitchen, a bathroom, a large living room and a small bedroom. Upstairs, a big loft contains a roomy, dormitory-style bedroom.

The cabin stands on concrete piers to simplify construction and allow for variable terrain. It measures about 36 feet long by 22 feet wide at the foundation.

The Cochise Cabin plan, No. 620, is $9.95. The plan covers every aspect of construction, including detailed floor plans, cross-sections and elevations, framing plans, a complete materials list with space for obtaining price quotes, and a toll-free help line for project questions. Do-it-yourselfers should review local building codes before construction begins.

A package of cabin plans, No. C81, is $22.95 and includes this project plus plans for two other cabins. A 480-page guidebook that features more than 500 vacation-home floor plans, "Vacation & Hideaway Home Plans," No. A50, is available for $12.95. A free catalog that pictures dozens of projects is also available. Please include $4 for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

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Build your own A-frame getaway cabin 08/29/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:33pm]

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