16 x 24 Michigan Cabin

Here is a report from Rob LeMay:

"My wife and I bought the Little House plans from you in 2004. We finally started construction in May 2006.  We've been building it ourselves, so it's been slow going - but we've had a lot of fun!

The cabin is sitting on a lake in Michigan's Upper Penninsula.

We thought you might be interested to see some progress pics."

Note: While there is not an exact set of plans for this house (Rob modified an earlier plan set). The Victoria Cottage plans include a simple 16x28 studio house plan that could be easily worked up for a project similar to this. (It includes the easy to build post & pier foundation seen here.)


16' cabin w/ post and pier foundation

A snug little cabin that uses the easy to build post and pier foundation.

interior of 16' wide owner built cabin

The interior of the kitchen and the "L" shaped stair to the loft. The back door you see here
opens out to the porch project addition shown further down.

corner woodstove

The owner enjoys the fruits of his labor in front of the corner woodstove.

Update 3-16-2007

Rob sent in some additional photos of the interior treatment and especially the upstairs loft.

16' wide cabin loft area

Here you can see the stairs coming up on the right and the small loft bedroom behind the door.

loft area of 16' cabin

Another shot from the open loft area.

Looking from below up into the open area of the loft

Looking up from below into the open area of the loft.

16' wide owner built backwoods cabin

Looking from below back up to the loft bedroom which is towards the front of the cabin.


Update 9-23-2008

Rob sent in update photos of the rear porch he added.  Here is his email:

"Just wanted to let you know all is well in yooper land.
I pick away at projects for the cabin when I feel like it and sit to admire it when I don't feel like working.  

A lot of admiring, lately.

Added on a 10x16 porch with roof this summer.  We spend a lot of time on it and wonder what we did without it.  

Also decided to warm up our winter visits with an 8x8 outdoor sauna.  Used it twice this weekend.........awesome."

10x16 porch addition

Putting up the last rafter. Good to have a helper.

porch addition rafters

fuits of the labor

Ah, yes..

dog lunch

Do we each get a tray of these?

sauna frame

Framing up the sauna in the driveway.


The pictures and text below show the earlier phases of the project.

16x24 Little House cabin

16x24 owner-built cabin in Michigan

step by step cabin building photos

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