Build A Cabin In A Weekend For Under $5,000

Build A Cabin on the cheapWe came across this company while researching completely unrelated articles.  These small metal arched buildings are 14 by 20 feet and the base kit is on sale right now (until April 15, 2014) for $3,695.


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We can think of all sorts of challenges one of these could also resolve –

  • Want your own private office in your back yard?
  • Always promising your significant other they could have an artist’s studio?
  • Mother-In-Law visiting soon?
  • Have a piece of land you need temporary housing on while your house is being built?
  • Parents have a huge lot and you don’t want a mortgage for the next 30 years?
  • Always wanted a place in your back yard to rent out for some extra income?

We don’t get a single penny for promoting these – we just thought they were cool and more people should know about them as a possible solution for their housing challenges.  Here’s a link to the company that builds them.

Comments

  1. Penny Tyree says:

    Where does it show how it is built and what the inside looks like? Thanks.

    • DIYAltEnergy says:

      Penny Tree – if you follow the link on this FB post, the article on the website tells you a lot more about them and includes a link to the manufacturer’s site, where you can see some interior shots.

    • DIYAltEnergy says:

      Penny Tree – Oops, I meant there is a link at the end of the article that should have some interior shots.

  2. These are very cool – however if you really look at the price it would cost well over $5000 even with the discount. The base price is basically just the arched shell – the ends are extra ($500 each), the beam bracing is extra ($50 each 1 per every 2ft), and you have to build a foundation of some type. THe real kicker is shipping – I’m sure it isn’t cheap to ship these but if I were to buy one and have it shipped to me in MI it would cost almost $1500 for shipping alone because they charge $1 per mile. Again these are very cool but all the “hidden” extras will get you for sure.

  3. do they come in 16×20?

    • DIYAltEnergy says:

      larry – not sure what sizes they come in. You’d have to contact the company.

    • Susie Q says:

      If you just click on the link that is supplied in the article, you can find answers to most of these questions. And, yes, they do offer a 16X20 kit. http://archedcabins.com/index.htmlSus

    • I have seen these in Crossville Tn and they are building these on trailers. They are very cool and roomy and you can take them anywhere anytime. They are building these it looks like on different sized trailers as well.

  4. Would like some info or ideas on making a bathroom inside one of the smaller sizes.

  5. Larry, It appears they do come in 16×20. See http://archedcabins.com/pricing-list.html.

  6. You seriously don’t even put a link to details in this “article”? Or a link to the manufacturer themselves? It’s just sad that you’re not actually writing the article to provide the service of information, rather just using the headline for click-bait while you appear absolutely uninterested in providing any kind of service or value for your readers. smh.

  7. Virginia Dickenson says:

    It’s an absurd price / sq ft. Seriously. This is NOT a cost plus solution. I can do the same thing with used oil field pipe (about 1$ sq ft in relatively small bulk), 20/hr for welding, barn tin, or even cob – be interesting to finish the ends with straw bales, or pallets. Or both. Finishing is finishing – it will cost what it costs based on what you put in it.

    When will “eco” stop being based on 150-300/ sq ft and become something priced for the masses? Justifying a high cost / sq ft because it is a small space – that is never going to entice folks to change their lifestyle.

  8. Great little model, but here we would need to insulate the crap ot of it. I wonder how much such a curved ladder costs… 🙂

  9. Yea if they would do what they say they would have alot of sales but rarely do you find honest people these days that do what they say they will do there is always a big sunrise. No suprise for me. Lol!!!
    I will get 50 junk emails everyday after this. Hahaaa
    I just know when it sounds tooooo good to be true well it always is.

  10. SueAnna says:

    How well would they hold up in a Tornado as i live in Oklahoma,

    • DIYAltEnergy says:

      For more information, please click on the link at the bottom of the post to go to the manufacturer’s site.

    • I’d build it underground if i were you.

    • SueAnna,
      Like any other above ground structure this would not be a remotely good place to be in the event of a tornado and like any other place being hit directly by a tornado this little guy isnt going to make it.
      Best bet for tornadoes is to have an underground shelter.
      Joplin Tornado Survivor

    • About as well as A mobile home but than again A real house will get blown half way across the county in A big tornado.
      Want to be safe from tornado’s? Move to Death Valley!

  11. sue olson says:

    i would LOVE to have one of these on a smaller scale for a kids clubhouse!! Any chance it is scaleable to 8’x10′ or so??? Fingers crossed!

    • DIYAltEnergy says:

      For more information, please click on the link at the bottom of the post to go to the manufacturer’s site.

  12. where does it show how it is built an what it looks like,also can you get a bigger size in these too,thanks

    • DIYAltEnergy says:

      For more information, please click on the link at the bottom of the post to go to the manufacturer’s site.

  13. Check out this site http://www.ProGreenhouses.com
    Same kind of buildings but bigger, stronger and installed for you at about the same cost. The plastic covering can be easily switched out for steel too.

    • LOL, “same kind of building”. Greenhouse living structure.

      Kripes, I read these comments and can’t help but think “we are so screwed”. Can someone please come over to my house and move my mouse and click on the link for me so I can get more information, because the internet is sooooo haaaaaaaarrrrrrd.

  14. Again where does it give directions on how to build these or are they kits and you have to buy and that is the only way?

    • DIYAltEnergy says:

      Lynn, there’s a link at the bottom of the post that takes you directly to the manufacturer’s site. You should be able to get all the information you need there.

  15. This is a great tip especially to those fresh to
    the blogosphere. Simple but very precise info… Appreciate your sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  16. You are so interesting! I do not think I’ve truly read through anything like this before.

    So wonderful to find another person with genuine thoughts on this subject.
    Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This site is something that’s
    needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

  17. Nice pictures, however they give alot of detail. I think there are too many picture of the building process. Looking at the pictures I could go buy all the material and build it myself for about 1/2 the cost.

  18. Instead of saying,

    “For more information, please click on the link at the bottom of the post to go to the manufacturer’s site.”

    after every single post, why don’t you just answer some questions and then refer to the website? It shouldn’t be that hard to edit the “article” to say, “They come in various sizes. Here are some pictures…”.

    You would probably have more people subscribe to your newsletter if you answered some questions or provided any information.

  19. I just “fell” over your site. I am planning a similar structure here in South Africa. We face the same red tape. Anyone interested I will share my ideas for free. My system use 25mm Reinforcing rods every 1m(about 3 feet). The length 13m(we can get it standard). It will give you a building 9m(27′) wide and as long as you want I plan mine at 20m(60′). Your height will be about 7m(21′) It will allow a 2nd floor. Once you understand the concept you can make any size you want bigger or smaller.

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