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2 Bedroom Cabin Kits from $9618

Cabins September 26, 2016

2 Bedroom Cabin Kits from $9618

These inexpensive kit homes have caught our attention this week. With a bit of DIY, a very inexpensive cabin can be set up using these kit homes, from what I can tell. We took a look at their 3-bedroom model before, and this one is a two-bedroom cabin – a tiny home shell basically. It’s the 1832 model from CSC. It’s midway between their biggest and smallest cabins.

It’s part of their “Weekender Series,” which you can probably imagine hints at the design purpose: a cabin that can be set up on some weekending-friendly piece of property and made frequent trips to. According to the builders: “CSC Building Systems introduces the Weekender Series. Developed as a place to escape “city” life, where one can get back to nature and the simple ways of life. The Weekender Series is an engineered steel framing system specifically designed for the recreational market. The economical lightweight steel is easily transported and can be put up quickly by two or three workers without any special lifting equipment. This makes it the perfect framing system for the advanced Do-It-Yourselfer. When the stress of today’s hectic lifestyle gets to be too much, wouldn’t it be nice to escape to your weekend retreat and cultivate your true perspective on life.

What is INCLUDED with this Kit?

Complete Galvanized Steel frame for the roof, and walls

Galvanized Steel door frames and window frames as per this plan. (field cutting required)
Structural Bolts. Braces, and screws required for assembly
Painted CSC Metal Roofing
Painted CSC Metal Siding
Painted CSC Metal Trim
All Painted screws, closures, and sealants required for installation
Plans for assembly (3 copies)
Engineers Stamp on the frame design.
A copy of the 2015 IBC prescriptive foundation designs for residential structures
If your local building official will not accept the IBC prescriptive design, you will be required to follow their instructions for developing an acceptable foundation design.
Everything to build the CSC1838; as an enclosed exterior shell, EXCEPT the actual windows and doors, and slab or foundation.

Find more from CSC Building Systems, and the metal and steel design and prefab companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more metal homes, click here. And here’s a gallery with some images and details about this tiny house kit.

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Steel Frame Cabin Kit Home from $6990

Houses September 26, 2016

Steel Frame Cabin Kit Home from $6990

These inexpensive kit homes have caught our attention this week. With a bit of DIY, a very inexpensive cabin can be set up using these kit homes, from what I can tell. We took a look at their 3-bedroom model before, and this one is a one-bedroom cabin – a tiny home shell basically. It’s the 1838 model from CSC.

It’s part of their “Weekender Series,” which you can probably imagine hints at the design purpose: a cabin that can be set up on some weekending-friendly piece of property and made frequent trips to. According to the builders: “CSC Building Systems introduces the Weekender Series. Developed as a place to escape “city” life, where one can get back to nature and the simple ways of life. The Weekender Series is an engineered steel framing system specifically designed for the recreational market. The economical lightweight steel is easily transported and can be put up quickly by two or three workers without any special lifting equipment. This makes it the perfect framing system for the advanced Do-It-Yourselfer. When the stress of today’s hectic lifestyle gets to be too much, wouldn’t it be nice to escape to your weekend retreat and cultivate your true perspective on life.

What is INCLUDED with this Kit?

Complete Galvanized Steel frame for the roof, and walls

Galvanized Steel door frames and window frames as per this plan. (field cutting required)
Structural Bolts. Braces, and screws required for assembly
Painted CSC Metal Roofing
Painted CSC Metal Siding
Painted CSC Metal Trim
All Painted screws, closures, and sealants required for installation
Plans for assembly (3 copies)
Engineers Stamp on the frame design.
A copy of the 2015 IBC prescriptive foundation designs for residential structures
If your local building official will not accept the IBC prescriptive design, you will be required to follow their instructions for developing an acceptable foundation design.
Everything to build the CSC1838; as an enclosed exterior shell, EXCEPT the actual windows and doors, and slab or foundation.

What is NOT INCLUDED with this Kit?

Anything and everything not listed as included; which includes but is NOT limited to:
Interior wall framing
Porch materials
Furring strips for the inside of the exterior walls for installing insulation, drywall, or paneling. The furring strips may be wood or steel (optional CSC item)
Drywall, paneling and/or all other finishing material
Plumbing, electrical, doors, windows, insulation, etc.

Find more from CSC Building Systems, and the metal and steel design and prefab companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more metal homes, click here. And here’s a gallery with some images and details about this tiny house kit.

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Steel Frame Cabin Kit Home 3 Bedroom from $11,698

Prefab September 26, 2016

Steel Frame Cabin Kit Home 3 Bedroom from $11,698

Has anyone seen these kit homes popping up on online stores recently? This is just an example. I’m not sure what to make of them, and hoping the community will have some feedback on what the product is like. Apparently, though, these are steel frame cabin kits (ie the frame kit only), but for a 3-bedroom house that’s almost 900 square feet. The manufacturer is CSC Building Systems, out of Sunnyside, Washington, for this particular model (called NS1842).

According to the builders, “Framing members are 2-0″ on center so standard 4′ x 8′ OSB panels may be installed on the outside of the frame and standard 4′ x 8′ drywall sheets may be installed in the inside of the frame. The wall framing members are 4″ in depth and the roof framing members are 6″ in depth, which would allow for 4” of insulation in the walls and 6″ of insulation in the ceiling, without additional furring strips. This house is designed to be built on a concrete slab. Crawl space floor systems are available.”

Specifications:
First Floor 576 sqft, Second Floor 320 sqft, Total 896 sqft
3 Bedroom
2 Bath
Ground snow load 40 lb sqft Wind load 110 mph, floor load 40 lb sqft
(Frame kit only; does not include roofing or siding.)
Price included certified Engineer Stamped drawings and Engineer Stamped foundation design. We have engineers licensed in every state.

What is INCLUDED with this Kit?
Complete Galvanized Steel frame for the roof, walls, and second floor
Galvanized Steel door frames and window frames as per this plan. (field cutting required)
Structural Bolts. Braces, and screws required for assembly
Plans for assembly (3 copies)
Engineers Stamp Cabin drawings and foundation design.
Everything to build the CSC1842; Frame only.

I don’t know. Sounds like an affordable option, considering though that you have to assemble it, so you’d either need to be pretty handy and athletic, or you’d have to bring workers in to do the job. Should we cover more of these kit homes? Find more from CSC Building Systems, and the metal and steel design and prefab companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more metal homes, click here. And here is a gallery of images with more information:

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Nautino Mini Houseboat

Houseboats September 24, 2016

Nautino Mini Houseboat

Rest and relaxation on the water? Is that what you’re looking for today?

And the adventure comes with it. These “Nautilus” are new, innovative design houseboats from a young, innovative company. Owner and manager Andreas Hoffmann personally works on the architectural planning of their several boat types. He has been awarded at the trade fair Boot & Fun 2012 in Berlin with the Innovation Award for its timeless design and environmentally friendly construction. Through various equipment options and floor plans you have the possibility to build a boat according to most people’s wishes and budget.

This one is the “Nautino Mini.”

According to the builders, “The Nautino, as a mini-version of the Nautilus, unites a motor yacht with benefits of a houseboat in a very special way.

SPECIFICATIONS:

exclusive design
no license required (for the standard model with 15 bhp)
flexible in equipment and layout
reasonably priced

“The premium equipment makes your Nautino to a boat of the extra class. In the versions mini (16m²) and maxi (21.5m²), with up to 7 berths, this boat is not only suitable for couples but also for families. It also functions perfectly as a lake home or an onshore weekend home.”

Find more from Nautilus and other houseboats we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more houeboats, click here.

Gallery of images:

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What a great idea to surround your house with a forest like effect

Houses September 23, 2016

What a great idea to surround your house with a forest like effect

Who doesn’t like to look at trees? Although there’s something to be said for long distant plains and horizons as well! But when you look out your window, doesn’t it make a pretty significant different if you’re just looking at the side of a neighbors house, or even a fence, versus the fresh greenery of trees or bushes, and you get to watch them become robust and verdant in spring and summer, and some turn color and fall in fall and winter. Actually, even tall grass can be nice outside your window! We often decorate our yards for this reason, because we like the look, we like gardening, and we like plants in general.

However, these types of tree-fences are necessary in some places. It’s a wind break. You need them out West on the plains in North America. I imagine in Australia and Russia as well. Although living snow fences generally need to be 30 – 60 m away from the area intended to be protected. The idea is that the snow “dumps” in this 30 – 60 m area. So i think this is more of a general windbreak.

Actually, according to an internet user with the handle PhoenixEnigma, “the PFRA used to provide free shelter belt trees on the Prairies, they were considered that essential. Unfortunately, the program was shuttered a few years ago due to budget cuts. Still, pretty much every farm house around here is surrounded by trees from them, and in many cases they are the only remaining indicator of where an abandoned farm house once was.”

You might also use something like this to protect the animals feeding and living on your property.

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Lovely Oregon House Boat, Available to Rent by the Night

Houseboats September 23, 2016

Lovely Oregon House Boat, Available to Rent by the Night

For those of you who have never slept on a houseboat before, or even those who have but who want to take a trip out to one, this might be up your alley. It’s one of the houseboats you can rent by the night out in Oregon.

So what’s this house like? Well, hear it from the owners themselves:

“Our floating home has 3 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms, which is surrounded by over 3,000 square feet of floating cedar decking, floating green house, Large master bedroom suite, includes the entire second floor of over 1,000 square feet, with a 7 foot glass block shower, marble counter tops, two TVS with VCRS & cable TV, king sized Beauty Rest mattress with 4” Tempurpedic foam & quality linens, sitting area with entertainment center, double french doors open onto a private deck & hot tub, where you can take in the view, while enjoying your morning cup of coffee.

“Large cedar deck ( 30′ X 30′ ), includes a built in custom made fire pit to warm you on those chilly nights. The barbecue is the perfect tool to roast all the fish you are going to catch from the deck. Sit in a comfy lawn chair or lounger and watch the river roll by. Fishing poles & a canoe are at your disposal.

“Great room includes two glass walls looking out over the river and surrounding mountains, French doors open out to the rear & side deck including a picnic table for those morning breakfast feasts, wood floors, Wood Burning fireplace, entertainment center, wireless internet, cable TV, complete gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and all the amenities you would expect to find in a quality home. Downstairs guest bedroom #2 with queen bed, TV with DVD, downstairs bedroom #3 queen bed, there is a queen air hide-a-bed ( that is very comfortable, ) in the great room, and queen air bed is stored in lower bedroom closet.

Rental Fees Main Home
$400 per night
Christmas week 2011 $500 per night
$50 non-refundable damage weaver, that
covers first $500 damage
$100 cleaning fee
Seven night minimum stay required during
summer months & holidays
Questions? Call 503 656 3132
Check out 11:00 AM
Check in 4:00 PM

Anyone interested in this houseboat rental, you should check out this link.

Find more from houseboat builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more boat homes, click here.

Here’s some of his renderings of shanty boats:

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Making a Shanty Boat, a North American Tradition

Houseboats September 23, 2016

Making-a-Shanty-Boat

What’s the difference between a houseboat and a shanty boat?

Not much, and there’s a large grey area between, just like between “houses” and “shanties.” People have been building shanty boats for ages. And some of them, like this guy, start out their ideas with computer renders of a boat:

“Since I originally made my 3D sketches of the shantyboat, a few things changed, a few things forgotten about were remembered, and I’ve learned a lot about the boat’s construction. I wanted to reflect those changes in my 3D sketches.

“In these renderings, you can see the addition of the head which bumps out on the aft porch a bit. Also, of course, the motor well and Mr. Johnson have been added. Less evident is that I positioned the floor correctly 21 inches below the deck. I also resized and repositioned the windows.

“There you go. 3D rendering doesn’t make anything more real, but it does help me understand some of the challenges I’ll face when I start constructing the cabin.”

Anyone interested in shanty boats or old river culture in American (the focus of his blog), you should check out this link.

Find more from houseboat builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more boat homes, click here.

Here’s some of his renderings of shanty boats:

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Should we make houses floodproof by going towards House Boats?

Houseboats September 23, 2016

Should make houses floodproof by going towards House Boats

Should we be building houses that float in disaster-prone areas that we think might get flooded in the future? With warming weather, floods might increase everywhere, plus there’s the always unpredictable tropical hurricanes and typhoons that can soak cities pretty good. What if the houses just lifted up in the water?

In a little village in a faraway land, called Amur Village, there was a flood, and that flood has led to a sort of change in a lot of the architecture around there, because apparently the floods will in the future be much more common – almost a regularity.

Instead of pouring foundations and digging cellars, now its the construction of an iron pontoon, a necessary step to build lightweight houseboats.

Find more from houseboat builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more boat homes, click here.

Here’s a bunch of houseboat styles, to give ideas to anyone considering a possible house boat of their own.

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Various sizes fully demountable shipping container homes

Shipping Container Buildings September 22, 2016

Who wants to live in or build a container house. Shipping containers seem to be used for building homes everywhere nowadays, but actually I don’t really see a lot of shipping container sellers, which is kind of important for anyone planning to set one of these houses up. It’s the main building material, and that means it requires a little research.

So here’s one option we’ve been looking at in our own research, which we of course try our best to pass on to you guys, knowing how much interest there is out there in alternative home building styles — particularly if the alternative means a savings in cost, right? That’s something I think about when trying to plan out my first house, anyway.

So, here we have options in sizes of containers that are set up already as building blocks (or finished frames) for houses. This usually means you can just get one and crane it onto your simple blocking or whatever foundation you’ve decided on. But in this particular case it can also mean (the company has a few options) you get a “flat pack” (demountable) a– a package with the walls laid down flat on top of each other and you attach them in place (or have a crew do it). This is actually the most interesting thing about the company we wanted to pass on to you — the idea that your shipping container style house can arrive to your door in a few different ways. Later on, we’ll also look at the option of buying regular used shipping containers and see what the prices are like there.

These already-set-up containers come at varying lengths, from 6 meters to twice that, 12 meters.

“Our new generation of demountable containers are produced with high-tech system that uses bolts and nuts instead of whelding,” according to the company. “With 60 mm thickness walls and 110 mm thickness roof panels our containers enjoy superior insulation.

“With Karmod jointed containers’ system, single-storey or multi-storey buildings can be produced including offices, worksite buildings, working offices, worker camp, campus, dormitory, mess hall, wc and shower units, international sport and tourism organizations buildings, sport facilities, military facilities, are all prepared with different alternative plans.

“Karmod worksite and office container buildings have many advantages such as quick design, production and assembling according to international standards, and economic prices that meet customer’s budget.”

For more of Karmod’s work, find them in our shipping container homes directory.

Various sizes fully demountable shipping container homes

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Prefab Home on the River

Prefab September 22, 2016

This prefab house sits on a river bank, and as you can see from the photos it’s actually an arrangement of several separate shed-style prefab buildings, connected by a wood deck. The wood deck also overhangs the riverside, and has a fire area and chairs. Not only that, there’s cooking amenities outside just behind the outside area.

Then on the one side is the bedroom, which is one prefab shed unit. You can probably already imaging that this style of building allows for a lot of possibilities with expanding and re-arranging the dwelling. For example, if you have more children or if you want to have guests come stay, or maybe even organize a BNB style small business, you can do that by adding a shed or two.

The bathrooms are also in the sheds, and future additional sheds can be equipped with their own if sharing is not your style when it comes to that side of things.

I’ve read that this prefab house (or complex of sheds) is a “fisherman’s shed.” This would make sense, given the location. If there are fish in that river it would be relatively convenient to pull a few out every once in a while and fry them up on that patio.

For more of Modern Shed’s work, find them in our directory of prefab and modular houses.

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