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Timber – Beams, Boards, Planks, Joists… for Your Small House!

Buying the correct timber (Beams, Boards, Planks, Joists…) In previous entries to our blog, we discussed what to be careful with when building foundations, floors supporting walls and many other things. In this entry, we want to focus on types of timber. Believe us, there’s much more to building houses than just a few wooden […]

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Gambrel Roof Framing

timber framework gambrel roof for small houses

Gambrel roof Gambrel roof framing is another of simple timber roof trusses types, which we are going to examine. Together with the traditional gable roof and often seen shed roof, gambrel roof is also a common type of roof both for small house plans as well as bigger houses, barns and other buildings. Gambrel roof […]

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Exterior Door Construction

Building entrance doors Today, we are going to look at another part of DIY timber construction of a small house, tiny cabin, shed or pretty much any type of small wooden structure – exterior door construction. Being the first thing you encounter when entering a house or cabin, the entrance door has quite strong influence […]

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Small House Framing Connectors

Small house framing connectors, examples of metal fasteners on timber roof frame

Small house timber connectors A highly important item when it comes to DIY house plans construction are the small house framing connectors: components that attach different elements of the house to each other. They need to be effective in order to provide a proper structural support and stability and their strength and stiffness become crucial […]

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Free Cabin Plans

Free cabin plan

Free cabin plans available to download HERE. We are architects who are big supporters of tiny house movements and concentrate on designing easy to build micro house plans off all kinds. You have probably noticed that, if you have been following us alreadt, but maybe you just stumbled upon our small house blog for the very […]

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Wooden Cabin Bettie Nearly Finished

DIY wood cabin with front porch

Hello, we are back with Bettie by lake! Remember her? The magical wooden cabin Bettie with front porch in the woods built following our cabin plans and overlooking a lake, whose images we got from its builder Alex – thank you Alex again! To remind you, it all started with a pillar foundations and timber floor […]

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Virginia, Wood Cabin with Front Porch

small cabin with front porch

Have you met Virginia? She is one of our small house plans, a cabin with front porch, shed roof and loft. We don’t think you did, so we would like to change that today and introduce you Virginia from Milanville, Pennsylvania. She is still under construction process, but nearing completion and it is exciting to […]

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Playhouse Plans Turning into Reality

kids playhouse timber frame pin-up houses

We are very happy today. We received a huge amount of amazing photographs of a crooked playhouse. Thank you Radek! It feels like Christmas came early and we are very eager to share the photos with you. There is everything, from connecting the very first timber frame to completed cladded and painted kids playhouse, beautiful. Due […]

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Cabin Bettie by Lake

DIY cabin frame

We already introduced one DIY cabin Bettie, remember? Now we’ve met another one! Seems like they could become lakeside cabins, because this one is as well placed in the forest with stunning view over a lake and it suits her very much. She is not completed yet. She is still under construction, so we cannot […]

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How to Build a Gable Roof

collar tie and board bracing on gable roof

How to build a gable roof framing During the construction process of your new tiny house, cabin or cottage, you will need to decide what kind of roof you prefer. There are many types of roof trusses. Factors, which influence their different shapes are mainly the region and local climate and available materials. Gable roof is among […]

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Simple Wall Framing

simple wall frame with no insulation

Basic wall frames structures with no thermal insulation Material: Battens 1″2″/ 25 x 50 mm Boards 3/4″ x 4 1/2″/ 20 x 11 5mm Lumbers 2″ x 4″/ 50 x 100 mm There are many types of walls and simple wall framing structures. One of them, probably the simplest type is the basic type of […]

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Crooked Playhouse for a Fundraiser

timber wall and roof frames

We are always happy to see when any of our DIY plans for low cost constructions end up serving a good purpose. Providing a kids play area is already good enough, of course, don’t get us wrong! But being used in a raffle fundraiser is also nice, as in case of this crooked playhouse and project […]

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Small House Wall Frame Construction

timber framework wall construction

Assembling walls For assembly of the walls of wooden tiny house construction, the two by four type structural timber is usually used, especially for the one-storey buildings where walls do not need to support the load of levels above. The principle of building these wood frame structures is very quick. Thanks to the favorable weights of the […]

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Roof Structural Components for Small Houses

members of timber roof truss

Roof construction system Roof is defined as a load-bearing structural frame designed to bridge an internal space, carry the roofing and support it by transforming weight of the roof, batten systems and insulation-related structures into vertical load-bearing structural elements – bearing walls. Most common roof types The roof system consists of several very important parts: wall […]

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Cabin Bettie Built in Indiana

Today, we would like to introduce to you Bettie from Loogootee. That is a small town in Indiana, USA, where she lives in a beautiful place in the woods overlooking a pond. Cabin Bettie is one of small cabin designs we offer here. The DIY building plans provided by us were slightly altered in this […]

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Small House – Wall Framing Components

wood cabin wall framing pinup houses

Types of walls Walls define the interior space of the house and together with the ceiling and floor constitute our “third skin” next to our clothes. It is very important how we treat this layer, particularly if we live in a cooler part of the Earth where more than half of our life is spent in […]