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Old 01-04-2010, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Tetons, WY
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Does anyone have a ballpark figure of what it would cost to build a 500-700sf cabin?

Is 50,000 a pretty normal figure? Thanks.
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Really depends on what you mean by "cabin" - Do you mean a small regular stick-built house? In that case, you are talking a little more than $100/square foot, which is in the general ballpark. Keep in mind that if you put in a more or less full bathroom and kitchen, small appliances don't generally cost less, and sometimes more, than cheap full-size, a lot of the "administrivia" of permits, fees etc. are on a "per house" basis and you don't get a discount there either.
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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One "C" note per sq/ft.- not bad.

A major difference can be in the foundation- slab vs. pier & beam (crawl space), vs. full basement foundation.
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Does anyone have a ballpark figure of what it would cost to build a 500-700sf cabin?

Is 50,000 a pretty normal figure? Thanks.
That sounds about right, but a lot depends on the spot you plan to build on and if you already have water and utilities there.

There are places that sell great little camping cabin kits - sounds like what you are looking for. I'll see if I can find a link to one I'm thinking of...
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:55 PM
 
Location: At the lake house in sunny Florida
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It can be done but here are some of the more expensive costs. Are you including these?

Water/well
electric
septic/sewer
land? Do you have land?

And the foundation can be a huge chunk depending on what you use. Concrete will be expensive.

Can you do the work yourself?


If you are talking just the cabin and nothing else you can easily do it for under $50,000 doing the work your self. Hubby and I built a 3 bedroom cabin in NC back in 2000 which was 24x36 or 864 sq. ft. It cost us less than $25,000.

Good luck. You can also check out this link. Great owner builder info for cabins.
Owner-Builder Projects

If you go to there home page they also sell kits but it will cost you less to do it yourself.

Good luck.
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Tetons, WY
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Thanks.

There's a water well on the property and also electric. I don't have the land, but I'll buy it once I figure out the costs to build a cabin on the property. It's relatively flat, but areas of sloping/slow rolling hills.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:27 PM
 
Location: At the lake house in sunny Florida
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Thanks.

There's a water well on the property and also electric. I don't have the land, but I'll buy it once I figure out the costs to build a cabin on the property. It's relatively flat, but areas of sloping/slow rolling hills.
Check on grading prices for your homesite. It doesn't sound like it should be high but it's good to know.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Tiny Texas Houses

What about a used singlewide or doublewide ?
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:54 PM
 
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Definitely compare how a small "stick built" cabin would be taxed, as compared to a park model or large RV. For occasional use, it might be more frugal to rent a motorhome on an as-needed basis. The pride-of-ownership thing is way over-rated! Anything you own, really owns you!
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Tetons, WY
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I can't do the singlewide/double wide thing nor can i do some of the "small stick built" stuff due to the deed restrictions. Waiting to hear back from attorney on whether I can legally build a small cabin BEFORE the main home...some of the restrictions around here force you to build a home first!
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