X Marks The Spot


Having a place to stay on the farm has been a dream of mine since we bought the place seven years ago. So I type this post with great excitement. I have taken a lot of time over the last seven years researching ways to get a cabin on the farm without breaking our pocketbook. We have looked at the manufactured buildings, pop-up campers, mobile homes, and the list goes on. But in the end, my husband and I think it would be grand to be able to say that we built our own cabin for the farm. Now my husband and I have no formal training what so ever in building anything. Our first attempt to build a shelter was the chicken coop. It is a functional building, you might say, so we hold some pride in the coop. After this, my daughter saw our great building skills and began to ask for her daddy to build her a tree house. This too was a stretch in our knowledge but also in our pocketbook! We learned that lumber is EXPENSIVE and play set accessories such as slides and swings add up pretty quickly.  

First steps to building the tree house

So we needed to find another source for the building supplies. The tree house project showed us the power of recycled materials. As we were building our daughter's dream tree house, my husband looked up used play sets on Craigslist. I was greatly surprised at all the posts containing requests for people to come tear down their old sets for free or very small sums of money. A quarter of the wood that we made use of was from the recycled play set. Not to mention all the equipment like swings, slide, and monkey bars that was brought into play while assembling the tree house. As we were wrapping up the tree house project, I mentioned again how great it would be to have a cabin on the farm. My husband was quick to agree and said, we should really look into how we might use recycled material.  

And so the challenge has begun.     

Step one: Where? 

This month we marked the spot of our future cabin on Stoffels Family Farm. Our goal is to have small living quarters where we can get out of the elements when needed.  We don't want anything to big and we need it to convert to a barn once again if the need ever arises. 

2/9/2014 9:26:38 AM

Amanda, I too have discovered the gold mine of materials from Craig's list free. I haven't been to Free Cycle yet. I have acquired so much stuff that I had to quit until I use up some of the materials. Wooden pallets are abundant and every week could can be found on Craig's List. Most of it is hard wood like rough oak. As you say there's always swing sets on the list from time to time. I always thought the A frame could be used for small green houses in the spring and fall to extend the season or just as a support for climbing plants. So many ideas and not enough time to pursue them all. Good luck with your adventure in cabin building. ***** Have a great X marks the spot day.

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