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Cabin Remodel


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I have a one room cabin that for years only had cold water fed to a kitchen sink from a rain water tank. The only toilet was an old outhouse out back. The submersible pump that fed the sink quit and replacing the pump led to one thing then another until I ended up with a total redo of the rain water collection and pumping system, a pump house lean-to, a new inside bathroom, an instant on hot water heater, rewiring of the whole cabin, a remodel of the interior, and building some cabinets and desk. So far it’s taken me the last four years and I don’t think I’m done yet. A deck may be in the works next. Because no one I know could get away to help on my schedule and I couldn’t afford to hire anybody, this was totally done by myself whenever I could get away and spend a few days at a time at the cabin and had the money to buy the materials. Time it took is just a wild guess, I based it on roughly spending about 40 hours a month working on the cabin, because sometimes I could only work a day or two and sometimes as long as a week. The only construction experience I had is some general labor work as a teenager and doing all my own home repairs and remodeling, so a lot of what I did was learning by doing, books, Internet, and a lot of trial and error.

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  • Wow- that is certainly a huge project to take on! What was the most challenging part for you?
    By RYOBI NATION, on January 30, 2018

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Cabin Remodel

by dj5300
Jan 29, 2018

I have a one room cabin that for years only had cold water fed to a kitchen sink from a rain water tank. The only toilet was an old outhouse out back. The submersible pump that fed the sink quit and replacing the pump led to one thing then another until I ended up with a total redo of the rain water collection and pumping system, a pump house lean-to, a new inside bathroom, an instant on hot water heater, rewiring of the whole cabin, a remodel of the interior, and building some cabinets and desk. So far it’s taken me the last four years and I don’t think I’m done yet. A deck may be in the works next. Because no one I know could get away to help on my schedule and I couldn’t afford to hire anybody, this was totally done by myself whenever I could get away and spend a few days at a time at the cabin and had the money to buy the materials. Time it took is just a wild guess, I based it on roughly spending about 40 hours a month working on the cabin, because sometimes I could only work a day or two and sometimes as long as a week. The only construction experience I had is some general labor work as a teenager and doing all my own home repairs and remodeling, so a lot of what I did was learning by doing, books, Internet, and a lot of trial and error.