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Cabins & cottages : the basics of building a getaway retreat for hunting, camping, and rustic living.
Title Variants:
Cabins and cottages
Revised & expanded edition.
Publication Information:
Mount Joy, PA : Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Inc., [2018]

Physical Description:
167 pages ; color illustrations; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

"Skills Institute Press."
"This book gives the complete know-how for building a rustic cottage or log cabin, from clearing a site to raising the walls and adding the amenities"-- Provided by publisher.


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Material Type
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690.837 CAB Book Adult General Collection

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If you've ever dreamed about building your own rustic cottage in the woods or the hunting cabin of your dreams, or even homesteading off-the-grid, this handy reference provides a logical, sensible, and easy-to-follow approach to building a permanent shelter in that perfect out-of-the-way place.

Including everything from choosing and clearing a site and creating an electrical power source, to clearing the land and creating a foundation, this book offers instruction on building an A-frame cabin and a rustic log cabin with a framed roof. There is also a special section on designing small buildings to cope with Mother Nature, including earthquakes, heavy snow, high wind and flooding.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Making the Most of Your Locationp. 8
Strengthening a House in Earthquake Countryp. 10
Tying a House Together Against Windp. 16
The Lay of the Land: Clues to Foil a Floodp. 19
Preparing for Deep Snowp. 22
Chapter 2 Getting Startedp. 28
Generating Powerp. 30
Clearing the Building Sitep. 31
Removing Logs, Stumps, and Rootsp. 35
A Foundation on Polesp. 37
Masonry Piers for Stronger Supportsp. 43
A Continuous Block Wallp. 48
Chapter 3 Four Simple Structuresp. 62
A Cottage of Prefab Panelsp. 64
The A-Frame: A String of Sturdy Trianglesp. 73
A House Suspended on Polesp. 85
A Strong Framed Roofp. 89
Ready-Made Roof Framingp. 95
Covering the Roofp. 98
A Rustic Log Cabinp. 104
Raising the Wallsp. 110
Finishing the Buildingp. 116
Chapter 4 Adding the Amenitiesp. 124
Tapping a Water Supplyp. 126
Picking the Right Pumpp. 131
A Submersible Pump for a Drilled Weilp. 136
Putting In an All-Purpose Sinkp. 142
Self-Contained Toiletsp. 145
Simple and Safe Waste Disposalp. 146
Heating with Woodp. 152
Galleryp. 157
Indexp. 165