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Cabins & Cottages: The Basics of Building a Getaway Retreat for Hunting, Camping, and Rustic Living


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Whether building a summer cottage in the woods or homesteading off the grid, this book gives readers a logical and sensible approach to building permanent shelter in out-of-the-way places. 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 or a rustic log cabin with a framed roof. Also included is a special section on designing small buildings to cope with Mother Nature, inlcuding earthquakes, heavy snow, high wind, and flooding.


About the Author


John Kelsey is a journalist, an editor, and a writer specializing in woodworking and furniture making. He is a former editor in chief of Fine Woodworking magazine, and the author of Furniture Projects for the Deck and Lawn and Kid Crafts: Woodworking. He currently serves as the Editorial Director for Fox Chapel Publishing.


Table of Contents


1. Getting Started

*Generating power

*Clearing the building site

*Removing logs, stumps and roots

*A foundation on poles

*Masonry piers for stronger supports

*A continuous block wall

2. Four simple structures

*A cottage of prefab panels

*The A-frame

*A house suspended on poles

*A strong framed roof

*Ready-made roof framing

*Covering the roof

*A rustic log cabin

*Raising the walls

*Finishing the building

3. Making the Best of Nature\'s Worst

*Strengthening a house in earthquake country

*Tying a house together against the wind

*Lay of the land: clues to foil a flood

*Preparing for deep snow

4. Adding the Amenities

*Tapping a water supply

*Picking the right pump

*A submersible pump for a drilled well

*Putting in an all-purpose sink

*Self-contained toilets

*Simple waste disposal

*Heating with wood



Product Details

Skills Institute Press
Fox Chapel Publishing
Kelsey, John
Kelsey, John
Design & Construction
Do-It-Yourself - Carpentry
Vacation homes - Design and construction
Construction - General
Home Construction-General
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9.00 x 7.50 in

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