Prefab sheds for homes...

Jayclimber

Modern Minuteman
Moderator
Brass Subscriber
#21
Jay I think they would make a good "living space" at a bug out location. Quick and dirty. Easy to drop into place.

A quick look at the pic of window construction is a little weak. No header or jack studs. You can almost guarantee sticky windows down the road......but its a BOL building. Better than a tent !!!
That's kinda my line of thinking... Quick and easy for living space and it's a blank slate so you finish and customize as needed to fit your needs. I would think anyone with carpentry skills could strengthen some of the design flaws such as the window framing to make it a more solid long term structure.

I have a friend who has an old fishing/hunting cabin along the Allegheny river and there are a lot of these types of structures used by guys for weekend camps. Graded base, proper drainage, concrete pad or gravel base with concrete prefab deck blocks every 3-4 feet and set structure on those to prevent the sagging as was mentioned above.

Ideas for on site setup...
cabin-fb.jpg

HTB1_vC8JFXXXXbyXFXXq6xXFXXXU.jpg

Using precast blocks...
concrete-pillar-for-decks-concrete-temporary-fence.jpg

One of the things I'd want to do is obviously insulate and seal the floor and add a storage shed in the back like in the top picture.

Some other things I'd do is add gutters with a rain barrel collection system, simple solar panel, small wood burning stove (similar to a hot tent stove), and then go from there...

*You guys have all made great points and all are to be considered!
 

240Geezer

Well-known member
Gold Subscriber
#23
Entirely doable.
BOLs tending to be in remote locations my not be conducive to prefabs.
Stick built still an option if you can get the materials to the site then it can be done in a couple of weekends.

On the prefabs.
I don’t know why everyone seems to get hung up on non standard spacing. You just add a few more 2x4s for nailers or reinforcing members. Not hard or expensive just adds some time to your finishing.

If you live in snow or wind country then I would suggest adding some extra structure in to take those loads.
Some areas that look questionable to me are the corners. Window and door frame areas. Rafter joints(especially gambrel).
Nothing says you cannot gusset those metal joint connectors with bigger plywood pieces to spread the load.
 

O:gweh

Domari Nolo
Forum Merchant
#24
This summer I plan on putting a canvas Yert in my woods but eventually I want to replace it with a prefab "cabin". There are 3 things I plan on doing with the "cabin" when the time comes.

1) dig / sink a piece of 3' pipe upright under the foundation with a trap door in the cabin. Insulate the lid of the pipe for a rudimentary refrigerator of sorts. No where near perfect but cooler than 60, 70, or 80 degrees.

2) dig in a sand / #2 stone leach field for gray water / midnight pee dump for the winter months. Tie into a small sink in the cabin for dish water etc.

3) Put on a small addition that includes a door and high / low wall vents leading into the main room. The wood stove goes in the addition. This would go ALONG way to regulating the heat in the main room. Wood stoves can get WAY TOO hot during those transition months especially. If the addition had lots of windows and other outside ventilation, could make a summer kitchen of sorts.
 

Bud

New, and yet, old
Brass Subscriber
#26
I just bought a 12x24 shed for my zero turn, JD 140 and Mahindra compact. It was $5800 or so delivered and set up. It was leveled with cinder blocks including both runners on the ground the length of the center so no problem there. Studs are centered on 16" and double studs are used every third stud. It was ordered from a dealer here in SW Mo, built in Goshen, IN and delivered and set up at my home three weeks later. Seems to be pretty well made. Metal roof and metal siding.

IMG_1161.jpg

IMG_1164.jpg

IMG_1163.jpg
 

Optimist

Old Grouch, deplorable & reprehensible.
#28
One of my guys currently lives in one. He got washed away in the 16 flood, lost everything. Got a 14x20 from Lowe's, it was about 1400$ delivered. Slapped some insulation in it and a good heat/ac window unit. It will get really cold in there. He's given up finishing it, mainly because of the non standard sizes. 20" centers? Yep. Once he clears up the title problem on his land; a local trailer home dealer and client will finance him no questions asked with the land as collateral. I think he's got around 5 grand in La Shed, no bathroom and the shower is a freestanding unit outside. He's really being a good sport about life.
Q&D solution to getting a roof up quick. I'd prefer to go with a prefab panel (8x8 works pretty well and goes up quick) with a poured pad to set it on. That would allow me to add on as needed. I get along pretty well in an 8x16 structure.

One of my neighbors went this way. He's had considerable difficulty with leaks. For about the same money, I can purchase a connex and set it. And the connex can be a considerably sturdier proposition.
 
Last edited:

Grevlin

"Fly birdies! ...fly!"
Administrator
#29
Take a look:


$40,000 for this. I dunno...seems like a great deal. Hire guys to pour in a slab. Drop this sucker on it. Put in a separate solar cell array on a ground mount. Well and septic.

Bingo.

$80K plus land?


And you could always plan ahead. Plans for a big deck. Then later, a second unit that butts up against the deck. Double your sq footage.
 
Last edited:

Red dog

Active member
#31
Built this for a customer, 20 x 36 all steel construction, r 19 walls, r 40 attic, 8' porch $36K
Another reason I'm just not feeling it for the prefab stuff, you can build something much better for less, though I understand not everyone has the ability or the time to make it work.

house.jpg interior.jpg
 
#37
I have been looking more and more and these types of structures for a piece of land! Drop several on a 20-40 acre lot of land and you have the makings of a BOL...

View attachment 7395

View attachment 7397

Naked interior so you finish them out and wire or plumb as needed...
View attachment 7398

Possible sleeping loft or storage..
View attachment 7400

Around here they price like this
View attachment 7401

They would really make a great BOL cabin or hunt camp!
Free delivery and set up, hmmmmmm does that include leveling? If your not going with a slab make sure you find that out, we got 150 hourly charge for leveling fees
 

Optimist

Old Grouch, deplorable & reprehensible.
#39
This summer I plan on putting a canvas Yert in my woods but eventually I want to replace it with a prefab "cabin". There are 3 things I plan on doing with the "cabin" when the time comes.

1) dig / sink a piece of 3' pipe upright under the foundation with a trap door in the cabin. Insulate the lid of the pipe for a rudimentary refrigerator of sorts. No where near perfect but cooler than 60, 70, or 80 degrees.

2) dig in a sand / #2 stone leach field for gray water / midnight pee dump for the winter months. Tie into a small sink in the cabin for dish water etc.

3) Put on a small addition that includes a door and high / low wall vents leading into the main room. The wood stove goes in the addition. This would go ALONG way to regulating the heat in the main room. Wood stoves can get WAY TOO hot during those transition months especially. If the addition had lots of windows and other outside ventilation, could make a summer kitchen of sorts.
Yurt is actually a pretty good choice for a lot of applications. I've seen 'em set down in a hole 2-3' deep in blizzard country which leaves maybe four feet of sidewall showing. The felt versions are muchly warm with not much fire. Last one I was gearing up to make was going to use indoor/outdoor carpet covered with tar roofing paint, but a fellow offered me too much money for the carpet, so the project is still on hold until I can find another cover....