People thinking of building an inexpensive cabin can look to youtube user Walt Bentley for inspiration in the video above. He was able to build a cozy little building by using pallets, reclaimed wood and a door he found in the dumpster. From watching the video it appears the most expensive material he used was 4 sheets of Adventech sub-floor which costs about $25 apiece locally. He responded to some general questions about the pallet cabin on his youtube channel earlier today.
- Outside is all treated lumber and it will be stained with some type of oil when done.
- Plans to have solar power and collect rain water off the roof.
- Installing a very small wood stove/heater also.
- Plans on building a Murphy bed.
- When the bed is up, he wants to have a fold out couch from the back.
- Under the newly added lean-to he’ll have a smoker, brick BBQ pit and an outdoor sink.
He will be posting an updated video when it is all complete, so subscribe to his channel for notification when it is uploaded. For those that have issues viewing youtube videos, below is a quick overview of another similar build that cost $120.
Layout floor and attach walls
Frame out doorway and window frames
Attach siding and metal roofing
Would work great as a workshop or coop
One issue I have with the second pallet cabin is the rough framing of the doors and windows. Below is how they should be properly framed to carry any type of load on the roof.
To see a more detailed tutorial and tips of the build, click on the link below.
If you do decide to tackle this project, be sure to find pallets that are stamped HT for heat-treated; which is the method used to preserve the wood in the pallet. The other method is Methyl Bromide fumigation which creates a health risk and should not be used for projects or for firewood. Good luck with your build.
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