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Remediating a Crushed and Overflowing Culvert – Site Prep for Small Modular Cabin

Remediating a Crushed and Overflowing Culvert – Site Prep for Small Modular Cabin

It rained all night and water was flowing over the field behind our house. Cliff went out in the rain to see what was going on with our construction area. The field behind our house was flooded and the waterway behind our house was overflowing. 

Clearing and Driveway – Site Prep for our Small Modular Cabin

Clearing and Driveway – Site Prep for our Small Modular Cabin

While we wait for permits, we can put in the driveway and clear and level the site. Nothing happened for a few days. While we waited for the contractor to get back the estimates from the subcontractors, it rained. And rained and rained and rained. 

Site Preparation for Our New Modular Cabin

Site Preparation for Our New Modular Cabin

The Cabin Planning Guide from Westwood Cabins lists three phases and we are nearly at the end of the last phase, site work to get our property ready for the home. Westwood Cabins suggested a local contractor, Taylor Fowler. He had helped with a cabin 

Airbnb Shipping Container and Student Shipping Container Housing

Airbnb Shipping Container and Student Shipping Container Housing

BBC Unexpected Elements podcast this week concluded with a brief piece about staying in an Airbnb Shipping Container and Student Shipping Container Housing. Chhavi Sachdev: I’ve experienced firsthand what a container feels like because I went to stay in an Airbnb which was a tiny 

Plans and Blueprints for Round Houses and Octagon Houses

Plans and Blueprints for Round Houses and Octagon Houses

Some round houses are actually round, but most of them are made from panels, so they are actually octagon, nine sided nonagon (or enneagon), 10-sided decagon or any other polygon shape. There are some advantages to houses with more than four sides. They stand up 

Small Modular Cabin Construction: HVAC

Small Modular Cabin Construction: HVAC

The HVAC Plan includes the mini-split heat pump head units (the inside part) and the condenser (the outside part). Plus it includes the bathroom exhaust fan, range hood vent and dryer vent. Mini-split Heat Pump The cabin has two Samsung Quantum Wall Mounted Heat Pump 

Small Modular Cabin Construction: Lights

Small Modular Cabin Construction: Lights

This post details the lighting plan with photos of the wiring and photos of the finished rooms. The plans specify LED lights in every room. There are two ceiling fans and plenty of outlets. The Light Schedule specifies Topaz LED Surface Mount Disk Lights. They 

Electric Meter, Electrical Panel, Electric Panel Load Calculation – Small Modular Cabin Construction: Power

Electric Meter, Electrical Panel, Electric Panel Load Calculation – Small Modular Cabin Construction: Power

Westwood Cabins will build a cabin to your own plans. We showed them our plan and, after they worked it out for us, we realized we liked one of their standard plans better. We made some tweaks, but our plan is nearly identical to the 

What Does a Round House Look Like Inside?

What Does a Round House Look Like Inside?

When we were deciding what to build, my husband really wanted a round house. Deltec Homes is near us, so we see a lot of round homes. My dad built “rondettes” at Connestee Falls near Brevard, NC back in the ’70s. I couldn’t even imagine 

Westwood Modular Home Pre-delivery Inspection

Westwood Modular Home Pre-delivery Inspection

They called us early in December to let us know that our cabin was nearing completion and that we could schedule the Pre-delivery Inspection. They shut down from Christmas till New Year and Cliff was already work-scheduled before that, so the earliest we could make