Construction start to finish of a modern ICF mountain cabin.

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John Olson

John Olson

5 aylar önce

This video documents the one-year journey to complete the construction of a modern mountain cabin. As an owner-build, the goal was to create something high-end, unique, maintenance free, and modern, using only the best materials.
To discover more of what's unique about the cabin you can find us on Instagram:
Also, watch highlight video here: • Zenplicity Cabin
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Construction materials:
Exterior ICF (insulating concrete forms) walls (12 inches thick)
Black 16"inch wide, 26 gauge, standing seam metal roofing and front wall.
trex decking
Feeney cable rails
Stained concrete slab with variegation and mottling
Stem wall foundation/gravel backfill
Fiber cement siding
Zip wall system
Low E double paned windows
Interior wood frame
Special features:
Architect Designed (Modern exterior, minimalist interior)
Diakin 18,000 Btu 17-seer ducted mini
split heat pump with 8 kw heat
strips. Unit is ducted so there are no hanging wall units.
Propane powered Navian tankless water heater (NPE-210A2) with a recirculating pump (Instant hot water)
Passive solar design
Smart home technology
Modern black stainless steel appliances
Trimless recessed lights
Floating vanities
Built-in Electric Fireplace
Modern Tile
Triple Bunk
For questions, you can contact me at
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John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Thanks for all the comments. I have not been able to respond to everyone here. But in response to several comments, I will be putting out another video that highlights my materials with a break down of all the costs to complete this build. Please subscribe so you can be informed of my latest content.
Enmanuel Henriquez
Enmanuel Henriquez 15 gün önce
Donna Mellick
Donna Mellick Aylar önce
That wasn't start to finish I wanted to see the complete finish
polski tyton
polski tyton 2 aylar önce
John remember, I am the owner!
Robert Davis
Robert Davis 2 aylar önce
Where is the dryer vent?
L Carter
L Carter 3 aylar önce
I'm a now retired residential and light commercial builder with 30+ years of custom construction experience. That said, I am very impressed with your building of this mountain cabin for you and the family. Great Job!! Like others, I will be eager to see your cost breakdown. Hopefully you'll have multiple categories and break out labor and materials in those categories. It is obvious that you spared no expense in doing everything in a high-class manner and succeeded in an outstanding finished product.
beef quiche
beef quiche Aylar önce
@Cameron Bun 🤷‍♂️
beef quiche
beef quiche 2 aylar önce
I love to see no expense spared. What a joy this cabin will be for the family.
Tony Seck
Tony Seck 3 aylar önce
Great Video. Thanks for sharing. Just curious as to the decision to go with a slab foundation vs. a crawlspace. I assume this had something to do with the the overall ICF design and energy efficiency but wanted to get your feedback on that. Obviously you had to bring in a ton of material to backfill the foundation so I was curious as to the tradeoffs. Thanks.
Alex Morphat
Alex Morphat 4 aylar önce
I’m glad I stuck till the end of the video,that house is magnificent & the finishing especially the colors you chose are just great.Great job John,really inspiring
Angelo C
Angelo C 4 aylar önce
That’s a nice robust build and I hope you and your family enjoy it for generations to come! Can’t wait for the cost breakdown video. I bought land on a slope in VT and am planning on building something similar. Cheers!
Joe S
Joe S 4 aylar önce
I like most everything you did with the exception of your water take away and lack of rear overhang. It's my personal bias as a carpenter that all houses deserve roofs with a perimeter overhang more so in harsh climates as it provides so much in extending life of structure. No idea what state or elevation this may be located at but I've been seasoned at 36" annual rainfall and or 2 foot snow loads. Between the roof shedding and the flat drive, seepage at the sill plate just seems to be a matter of time or season. Contemporary style is pretty down on gutters but got to give them their due for water take away. Having a 18in rear overhang could have provided much function and some cool under soffit down lighting to prevent light pollution. Great color/material selections!
Richard Howard
Richard Howard 16 gün önce
French drain I hope??
davedude250 3 aylar önce
@Travis Shrey ahhh yes! great point .. so the extended roofline has 3 functions - 1. take away the rainwater 2. prevent direct rain buildup 3-provide a covered 'cozy' outdoor environment that incorporates the cool feel of the reatining wall. i LOVE your comment !!
Clarence Howaboutski
Clarence Howaboutski 3 aylar önce
It looks like shipping container nuclear fallout shelter. Who was the architect, Mad Max?
Travis Shrey
Travis Shrey 4 aylar önce
@stediasse Fair, bad term just didn't know what to call that interface. Concrete doesn't bond to concrete unless they put down a product designed for that (and maybe they did but didn't show it) so whatever you call that gap is not sealed. Black metal gutters would fix that (and you wouldn't get soaking wet walking in the entry way in a rain storm).
tarussov 2 aylar önce
I can only imagine how much it would cost to build something like this! Amazing.
Samson Rollins
Samson Rollins 4 aylar önce
I love the cabin, Thanks for shaing all of the details of your build! I'd also love to hear a recap of what it cost to build.
happyhappyjoyjoy9999 2 aylar önce
It’s like an episode of the build show. Really great choices, common sense layout and solid construction. I’m sure these videos were a lot of work - and it shows. You ever going to release or sell the plans for this thing? It’s a model of best practices right now. Well done sir.
J'vari Williams
J'vari Williams 2 aylar önce
Awww, the Build Show 👌
John Olson
John Olson 2 aylar önce
Thank you very much! Not selling the plans just yet, as I want this to stay unique.
Steve Davis
Steve Davis 3 aylar önce
Strong and great looking foundation! Well done 👊 I love the ZIP System. The whole project is amazing - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dave Scott
Dave Scott 15 gün önce
Wow, good job, looks like a great space! Thank you for sharing this John.
Pierre A. Larsen
Pierre A. Larsen 4 aylar önce
The cabin looks great and solid. It will last a long time! The outside terrace in the back is amazing.
SternDrive with Doug Stern
SternDrive with Doug Stern 4 aylar önce
i am wondering if the floor will shift and sink in the middle. This gravel will settle, so what will happen to the floor?
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Yes, we love the terrace.
Anna M
Anna M 4 aylar önce
Very interesting to watch your house build. We just finished almost same build but ours is a 2 storey 8 inch ICF in a small town in Canada. Thank you for sharing.
David 4 aylar önce
Nice build and great commentary. The only thing lacking IMO would be radiant heating in the slab floor.
davedude250 3 aylar önce
YES INDEED! and i wouldnt have minded exposed ductwork, which i find imho very beautiful. ..thin i would have used wood board & batten siding to soften up the feel of the entry
SegoMan 3 aylar önce
Agreed, have it heated from a boiler and or fireplace
W Thomas
W Thomas 3 aylar önce
Makes sense especially since he already installed a recirculating h20 pump for the hot water tankless.
Josh Knapp
Josh Knapp 4 aylar önce
Wow, quite the build. Looks like lots of work to get that foundation in on the hillside. My wife and I just stayed at a similar AirBNB, but the hill was a bit steeper and the home was on posts. Was post & pier considered as an alternative foundation?
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Originally yes. But it presented its own challenges with cost as lumber more than tripled in price at the time. So I ended up building with concrete as it was comparable in price and worked best with the ICF walls.
Don'tBeEvil 4 aylar önce
Really awesome project, but I have a rookie question about foundation, and that backfill with gravel. Why not just leave half of it empty and create a sort of a crawl space? Although, I'm not sure how much did you pay for gravel, so maybe there is as much savings as I think
Stackfire 3 aylar önce
Same question???
Harold 3 aylar önce
Same question.
Saint Ejiksmithz
Saint Ejiksmithz 4 aylar önce
Very informative video, thanks for taking your time to make this. I would like to suggest showing the viewers some architectural diagrams of what u wanted to achieve at the beginning of the video. Great job anyway!
W Thomas
W Thomas 3 aylar önce
Yes please. Even if it's a link or something that you regularly edit in to show what area you are talking about at times.
Carlos Hatzopoulos
Carlos Hatzopoulos 3 aylar önce
Hello John , really a beautiful project , amazing house and place !! The nature around is fantastic...! Good luck for you and congratulatios from Brazil ! Sorry for my bad english , i'm still learning , thank you .
W Thomas
W Thomas 3 aylar önce
I really like the overall finished cabin. Very chic. I might have actually built it on the upper level of the driveway with the deck extending over the current driveway so instead of dead ending the driveway at one point into the house, the deck would act as a car port and extra level of usable space. Basically shift the whole thing about 25 ft up the mountain slope. That is, if you owned the property. Of course, there's a reason behind everything. Kudos! Enjoy your new seasonal home! The Firespit is great!
S A 3 aylar önce
I was thinking the same thing but then they would not get the great views from the deck, unless you mean building the deck top of the car port
Lifted Trucks USA
Lifted Trucks USA 2 aylar önce
Beautiful construction, love the build quality too!
TECATE 4 aylar önce
What a great build! You documented and captured it fantastically. So much thought and planning to make this house work on the lot, impressive. This home should survive many many years to come. Congrats!!
W Thomas
W Thomas 3 aylar önce
Yes, the planning had to be mind boggling at times. Especially the logistics at first with getting men on site and all thr equipment.
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Thanks! Im glad you enjoyed it.
Investor's Guide To The Galaxy
Investor's Guide To The Galaxy 4 aylar önce
Great looking cabin! Love the black/yellow combo. Congrats! Man, that concrete is beautiful :) Can you do a video with the budget/how much did it cost to build the cabin? Thank you!
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Thanks for the complement. In regard to cost, I do plan to get something out there on my channel. So subscribe and stay tuned.
Adro ID
Adro ID 4 aylar önce
Man, if this is your CABIN I really wonder what your home looks like?! Amazing project!
SI Tech Ca
SI Tech Ca 3 aylar önce
Very nice (and entertaining). Thank you for sharing. One small thing just gnaws at me - the electrical service panel is the first thing you see driving up to the cabin and your electrician didn't bother (or forgot) to put the line to the AC disconnect in the wall, so you have ugly (and crooked) flexible NM conduit from the service panel to the AC disconnect that everyone's going to see.
Brandon Swafford
Brandon Swafford 4 aylar önce
I absolutely love it I bought a 12x32 that has a 6-ft porch on it and I literally don't know what to do with it I ended up just moving into a renovated construction trailer on my hundred acre property and left the 12 ft by 32 shed up in the front just going to give it to my mom I doubt anybody's going to do anything with it
PENTHESILEIA1000 4 aylar önce
Very nice video. The cabin is fabulous and I like the modern style of it. Well done. I would like to add some ideas: the balcony could be extended, each room could have skylight, there would be a cellar in the basement and a playroom ...
W Thomas
W Thomas 3 aylar önce
It just occurred to me that if blue had been chosen in place of black, it would look like a woodsy IKEA showroom. For discriminating clients, of course. Lol. You just have to put it all together yourself.
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Thanks for the tips!
The Godfather
The Godfather 4 aylar önce
Love the design! Love the result!!
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Thank you! 😊
Roger SoCalBeaches
Roger SoCalBeaches 3 aylar önce
Amazing build! Very impressive. The foundation was perfection. Is the home considered fire proof? Are there any alternative foundations you would consider? Are you a fan of shipping container builds? great video, thanks for sharing.
Fred Carson
Fred Carson 3 aylar önce
I would have liked to see the pouring of the 12×12 piers. They came out looking very well. Thank you.⁹
Tv S
Tv S 4 aylar önce
Very nice. I'm about 40 miles due west of you and in the planning stages of a similar type home. That is one well-built cabin.
Music Lovers
Music Lovers 3 aylar önce
Thanks for sharing this build, quite enjoyed it and its well built and beautifully set
Chief 4 aylar önce
Cool place John, thanks for sharing. I appreciate how you “overbuilt” the place, should be solid building for a long time. Good luck!
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Thanks 👍
Free Radical
Free Radical 4 aylar önce
Nice work! I built something very similar. Mine is 24x24 2 story, daylight basement. It has a single plane 2/12 pitch roof. You enter in the back left corner to a 5x8 entry, coat, shoe area, take one step down to a 4ft wide hallway running across the back wall to the next corner. Then you turn right into the kitchen area about 7ft wide out to 5ft from the next corner where you step down another step into the great room, 12ft high ceiling, full 24ft wide, about 12ft deep. The middle of the house is open to the floor below where the fireplace is. Bedroom, bathroom, laundry downsta--elevator! If you picture a square box with the floor plan spiraling down around the perimeter, tight when you walk in then progressively opens up. Concrete foundation. Framer.
Free Radical
Free Radical 4 aylar önce
@AverageLiving no camera, sorry
AverageLiving 4 aylar önce
Please make a video!
naturallyrelentless 4 aylar önce
would love to see pictures of this, looking at building something very similar.
jmfarrell5 4 aylar önce
Great build project. Congratulations.
b001ean 4 aylar önce
Very cool! are you able to share rough costs?
Linda Berl
Linda Berl 3 aylar önce
I think it might have been wise to have a small window on the eastern wall so that you could see who is coming up your driveway.
dan596 4 aylar önce
Thank you for this detailed video. Well done. I was curious why you went with filling in the foundation instead of creating a basement.
sikosis999 2 gün önce
because they're clueless
Spawn Target
Spawn Target 2 aylar önce
Its good to see real metal roofing being used instead of wall cladding with exposed fasteners being used as roofing, I see that all the time.
patty109109 2 aylar önce
Yellow entrance is just fantastic. I just did cable railings and they are so good. Barely obstruct view, but don’t need cleaning (or cost) like glass.
Kathleen Readinger
Kathleen Readinger 4 aylar önce
Beautiful build. Wonder if you are a Steelers fan. 😉 The sleek appearance is great, the inclusion of several great amenities, i. e., hot tub, fire pit and in ground grill are wonderful. I wonder why not solar?
Eddy barkuki
Eddy barkuki 4 aylar önce
Hi John, you did wonderful job, verry classy. I wonder if you have the breakdown of the cost for foundation, electrical, etc. I will appreciate if you can give me idea. I am about to build a 1500 sqf. in a slop lot.
David Eyres
David Eyres 4 aylar önce
What a well made video your house is well built and in a beautiful location and i hope you and your family enjoy your time spent there All best wishes from ENGLAND UK
Blue Man
Blue Man 4 aylar önce
Wow. that view at 1:12:24 sure changed from earlier. I could hear the traffic before, but no way would I have guessed the road was down below to the left. Hillside builds are always so involved. Nice video. 👍
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Thanks for the comment. Yeah, that view wasn’t like that before. Unfortunately a developer clear cut all the trees on the neighboring lot after I started building. I have since installed a berm and will be landscaping that area.
William Richard
William Richard 10 gün önce
I’m closing in on my retirement and I’d like to move from Minnesota to a warmer climate, but the prices on homes are stupidly ridiculous and Mortgage prices has been skyrocketing on a roll(currently over 7%) do I just invest my spare cash into stock and wait for a housing crash or should I go ahead to buy a home anyways
hamilton harper
hamilton harper 7 saatler önce
Why would you put money into stocks if you're expecting a housing crash? There's only a few segments I would recommend right now, as everyone knows what's about to happen and oil, gold, and biotech has been priced in already. Real estate has yet to fall but you can bank on a 20 to 40 percent drop in this market cycle, so best to wait. If you must invest somewhere, look into how emerging markets performed over the last crash. There's ETFs or you can look into specific geographies such as Vietnam, Ghana, Nigeria, China, etc.
Marcel Robert
Marcel Robert 10 gün önce
@Mc-Donald Bin Yeah, I have total faith in a financial advisor who is certified by the US SEC. In fact, I'm not sure whether I'm allowed to disclose this, but I'd suggest checking up "Julie Anne Hoover" because she was a huge issue in 2020. She is my mentor in addition to managing my investments.
Mc-Donald Bin
Mc-Donald Bin 10 gün önce
@Marcel Robert Due to the significant falls, I need advice on how to rebuild my portfolio and develop more successful tactics. Where can I find this teacher?
Marcel Robert
Marcel Robert 10 gün önce
One of the primary reasons I utilise a portfolio coach to oversee my daily investing decisions is that their whole skill set is cantered on trading long and short at the same time, utilising profit-oriented techniques and minimising risk as a hedge against unforeseen events.
James Cobos
James Cobos 3 aylar önce
Fantastic! Extend that deck out another 12'. Perfect outdoor space.
Crow Homestead
Crow Homestead 4 aylar önce
We built an 1000 sq ft eco house very similar to yours on 2.6 acres in the UK about 3 years ago .. but yours is sleek luxury whilst ours is messy & muddy smallholder! Unlike yours however we used ZERO concrete, and almost zero earthworks .. only needed for the septic tank. We have an experimental metal clad WikiHouse, made of an off-site cut custom 'jigsaw puzzle' made of structural ply. The foundation comprises 20 driven piles plus 4 massive steel rails supporting the house. We have 5+ layer thermal & acoustic insulated walls and ceiling plus lots of triple glazing. To maintain airtightness with minimal wall penetrations, everything is surface mounted so it looks like a submarine engine room inside - 'industrial chic' - about 2/3rds of visitors love it .. whilst 1/3rd hate it! We have 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 utility room and a huge open plan kitchen/living area. All house and water heat comes from a fridge sized air-source heat pump. Not off grid - but our energy bills are low. The main downside? Lack of storage space. The biggest mistake? Having a too low crawl space so we need to use remote control robots to inspect the underfloor!
Alumriel 4 aylar önce
Outstanding video and gorgeous result! If you don’t mind sharing, what was your total cost all in?
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
About 380K with land purchase (2-acres) and finished construction. This was a post covid construction, so total cost were driven shockingly higher by labor shortages, inflation, and supply chain bottle necks.
Gary Clarke
Gary Clarke 4 aylar önce
It would be a nice finish to the driveway if you install poles with wire cable wrapped or painted with luminous red to prevent driving over the edge. Regarding your security, South Africa has lights with security mobile cameras controlled by your cell phone
Dorian Mode
Dorian Mode 4 aylar önce
Really nice, love it.
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Thank you everyone for all the comments. In response to requests, I be posting a video that highlights all the interior finishes. I will be posting this video soon. Subscribe and stay tuned!
Kathleen Readinger
Kathleen Readinger 4 aylar önce
I look forward to the interior tour, just finished the build and exterior tour this afternoon. I am subscribed just for it.
richard attenberg
richard attenberg 4 aylar önce
I am a General Contractor..... I love that you applied so many newer material applications like Zip Wall and Roof systems, ICF, Mini Split AC, etc...I did not see Solar or rain collection from the roof, but either way, really nice build. Maybe move the trash can and build an enclosure so it's not the first thing you see when pulling up the driveway. congratulations on a job that was exceptionally well done! Great details.
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Btw…there will be solar added. This will likely be a project next year
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Thank you very much!
Ben Hatcher
Ben Hatcher 4 aylar önce
I'm curious why you chose to Zip R over ICF and then ice and rain shield on top of that. It seems that the ice and rain shield over osb over ICF creates the same sandwich as Zip R.
NhaQuang 2 aylar önce
Very beautiful!
How much would something like this cost to build minus the land? I would love to build my own mountain retreat to retire in. Amazing build.
C.N. H
C.N. H 4 aylar önce
Congratulations on the nice building. The only thing I would suggest is at least a 30 ft radius of trees be removed around the building it will help prevent damage if they're ever is some kind of wildfire I know it cuts into the view and the for lack of better words hidden home feel but foam melts pretty quickly and in a wildfire temperatures get extremely hot so the farther you cut a radius around the building the safer it will be just some fruit for thought. Thank you for taking the time to make this video.
Domalbri TV
Domalbri TV Aylar önce
I have looked into Hempcrete, a lot more expensive that a stick build, on the pros, it’s fireproof, mildew proof, insect proof and you don’t need siding, also the carbon negative benefits save our planet. Also the house breathes due to compounds in the blocks. Great build, I’m curious of the cost breakdown on the next video.
AverageLiving 4 aylar önce
Seems you have a ton of content ready to be uploaded. There is a huge gap for ownerbuilds and shed style houses on TRshow. You have a solid start to create a profitable TRshow page with house content. I'm tuned in.
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Thanks for the comment. I will certainly check out your channel. I didn’t mention it in my video but my goal is to go off the grid with this build and add solar sometime next year. I would love to see how your making this happen with your project.
Red & April Off-Grid
Red & April Off-Grid 4 aylar önce
You can check out our build. 😉 Owner builder, passive design home with a shed roof.
TheBehnny 4 aylar önce
Amazing cabin!
Lp Mj
Lp Mj 3 aylar önce
Awesome video. Great narration.Thank you. 👍🏽✌🏽
James Barlow
James Barlow 4 aylar önce
I'm a novice, but why did you chose to fill all of the slope with gravel? Would it be inappropriate to use mostly fill soil from the site and top with gravel the last 4-8" below the slab? It just seems like a lot of gravel for such a robust foundation.
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
The problem is the soil will settle over time and cause the slab to crack. Plus backfilling with soil would not allow any runoff to drain to the base of the stem wall.
Biso Wat
Biso Wat 2 aylar önce
im a civil engineer and congratulate you on your lovely mountain cabin
Helen Dimaki
Helen Dimaki 3 aylar önce
Quality work with respect to the environment material sources which are carefully selected to last long. It has it all . Great work. I like it ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I am wondering if it can be built with power autonomy having solar panel on the roof and battery packs. Looking forward to the next videos.
Delmonte Slusher
Delmonte Slusher 4 aylar önce
Love the home. What are dimensions of your home. Thank you for such a great video
Noonelson 2 aylar önce
Great Job. It's too bad you didnt find any boulders that you could have used for hardscaping etc.
Jocke Johansson
Jocke Johansson 4 aylar önce
i am impressed of pouring of the slab. It looked really flat and smooth
Ligia Novelo De Souza
Ligia Novelo De Souza 4 aylar önce
👍👏👏👏❤❤🇧🇷🇧🇷perfeito o refugiu
Johnathan Esper
Johnathan Esper 4 aylar önce
That's unfortunate that you started out with a wooded lot, but by the time of your 2nd fall season, the neighboring lot was entire cleared out and you just have a few trees seperating from your driveway.
Shane Williams
Shane Williams 4 aylar önce
That hillside looks like it's made out od sweet potato. The house looks pretty awesome. Hope to have a home myself one day.
Betty 4 aylar önce
Beautiful home.
ken johnson
ken johnson 4 aylar önce
Them boys did some damn good looking concrete work! That's a hard thing to find these days
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Agreed. The concrete work was done very well!
Steve & Frankie
Steve & Frankie 4 aylar önce
We have done some similar idea & designs out of shipping containers for different clients in remote locations
araspel 2007
araspel 2007 3 aylar önce
Love it 💙
The Traveler
The Traveler 4 aylar önce
Awesome build and video. Thanks for sharing.
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Thanks for watching!
Tony Delgado
Tony Delgado Aylar önce
Great job to everyone involved ❤
ROGERIO REALTOR 3 aylar önce
Hi, where is this cabin located? Are you going to sale? I think this is the first ICF cabin on youtube, good job 👍🏻
Bobby Del Cavallo
Bobby Del Cavallo 4 aylar önce
Absolutely gorgeous 🥳🥳🥳
thomas dee
thomas dee 4 aylar önce
Like it. Was it a canned blue print? Seems like it took about a yr? What would be an estimated square foot cost?
Nicholas Davey
Nicholas Davey 2 aylar önce
this was cool. Only question is how you plan on getting water away from the foundation?
Tynyyn 4 aylar önce
Wow. As I put my hands in my pockets, shake my head, and walk away. You did an excellent job at building a cabin, yet as a guy who built my own house I can say there are areas in your build I'd have done save huge amounts of money. But, everybody is different and the way we both built our houses is different. You went for great amenities, I went for lower cost. Both achieved the same result, a ICF house with a metal roof, yet you got a approx. 1200sq/foot cabin, looking at a valley full of trees, I got a 4350 sq/ft home looking at a cove on a lake. Interesting, very interesting. Hope you enjoy it for years and years! God bless.
Phil Ward
Phil Ward 4 aylar önce
Nice job and cool cabin. I would have done a couple things different but I don't know what your end use will be, full time living, vacation home, or VRBO/ABNB, I wouldn't have filled in the basement but left empty for storage and have a patio under the upper deck. Triple bunks in that little tiny bedroom? Lacks room to turn around a vehicle. We didn't get a final view of the finished inside either, or is that forthcoming?
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Hi Phil thanks for the comment. Yes, I will be posting a follow-up video with an interior tour, so subscribe and stay tuned.
Just Because
Just Because 2 aylar önce
Simple. Smart. Welldone.
stormy241 4 aylar önce
Looks great, bet it cost a pretty penny. Built to last.
Lee Gordon
Lee Gordon 4 aylar önce
Thanks I do love the way the building looks.
Alec Kaipai
Alec Kaipai 4 aylar önce
Very solid foundation! That’ll last 4 lifetimes 😮
Alec Kaipai
Alec Kaipai 4 aylar önce
@Steen Holm 😆😆😆
Steen Holm
Steen Holm 4 aylar önce
AND a nuclear war...
ArtisanTony 2 aylar önce
For those watching, you can put a crawl space and eliminate all of the gravel fill. I have built many homes in my 44 years in the business. Gravel is getting crazy expensive and you can use the crawl space for hvac and plumbing access also. I am building a house right now like this. (videos on my channel) Also, with the price of concrete going crazy, floor joists and subfloor are less expensive that concrete. They could have saved about $15-$20k on this house I would say.
Chris Olsen
Chris Olsen 4 aylar önce
The fundament is super solid, but i miss 10 inches of insulation under the slab and insulation around the edge of the slab
RuokEren 4 aylar önce
Great effort from Thailand.. I'm concerned your cabling from the road to your meter is not placed in conduit. That the same for communication. Whilst it may be shielded and insulated additional protection from the elements I'd have thought a priority. I've seen other builds in the USA that have placed theirs in conduit. My home country, you have to place down 1m deep, conduit & concrete to grade for protection of being dug up and damaged or electrocuting unsuspecting others. Not to mention, red posts exactly on top to let others know whats dangers lay right underneath. Just my thoughts..
Ashley Falcon
Ashley Falcon 4 aylar önce
Most states here are run-almost exclusively-above-ground (high up, in air) electric/communication lines. There are a few with underground lines, but it’s not the most common method here. Our water table is simply WAAAY too high for that. As it stands, elevation here is *below* sea level.😅) There’s no way we could burry all of our electrical wiring underground here-nor ANYTHING else for that matter-it would be outrageously difficult to perform routine maintenance/checks, etc… never mind the trouble we’d face if any more “involved” repairs were needed afterwards! 😬 haha Besides, constant contact with/exposure to water-this much water-can/does do some srs damage to just abt anything. I mean, unless someone is genuinely hoping/planning on digging a well!? LOL! Anything else is essentially a no-go. 🤷‍♀️😂
danpass12 2 aylar önce
Nicely done. I was fully expecting that foundation to be a 'basement-with-a-view' ....
Ken Albright
Ken Albright 4 aylar önce
The overall design is nice. I'd have chosen some things differently. That's a matter of personal choice. I'm a more rustic inclined person. Being so heavily concentrated on electricity has it's drawbacks. I live in a total electric home myself. Power outages can be a real pain. Especially since I'm in a colder climate in the midatlantic area. I think multi energy sources are better. Wood and gas heating and cooking would be a better choice.Along with the backup electric heat. Your landscape is quite appealing to me.Nothing beats a natural setting. Hope you enjoy your place in the years to come. Also passive solar is a good idea as well for your area. I get more cloud cover here.
Jonothan Doezer
Jonothan Doezer 4 aylar önce
Hmm... I had assumed that this was off-grid (being a cabin) but your comment reminded me that they didn't say anything about solar/hydro/wind for electricity generation.
magnoid 19 gün önce
Thanks for sharing this with us!
Candida Barros
Candida Barros 4 aylar önce
And after we've passed 1:16:49, aren't we going to see a video of how everything turned out inside? That is not fair, we are waiting for the final result inside the house!!! Thanks a lot!!!!
Candida Barros
Candida Barros 4 aylar önce
@John Olson ...I'm waiting for that!!! Thanks lot 😍❤️😍
John Olson
John Olson 4 aylar önce
Yes, there is a final walk thru that was posted this week. You can find it on my channel.
The Art of Willow
The Art of Willow 4 aylar önce
Brad Kvanbek
Brad Kvanbek 4 gün önce
Nice place, you are right, ICF is the way to go. I would have done things a little different. Use a 10" ICF for the stem wall, (NUDURA makes one). Install drain-tile around the footings, draining to daylight. I would do this inside and outside the stem wall and footings. Transition to 6" ICF at the floor. Brace from the inside, since you don't have a floor yet. Drain-tile to a sealed basket, just under the floor, in the rock, this would be for radon abatement, and could be used for water removal. Pour the floor after the walls are done, probably after the roof is done. Pin the floor to the ICF walls. Hopefully that was not the final pitch of the drain to the septic system, it is too steep. Too steep won't work well for solids. I like the shed roof, framing and up slope eves. I would consider adding R-10 ridged EPS insulation below the TGIs. I would not have used so much black, regardless of appearance black can get too hot, causing oil-canning of the sheet metal and so on.
jose Ignacio Juanena Rodriguez
jose Ignacio Juanena Rodriguez 3 aylar önce
Very clean work
Joel Monterrey
Joel Monterrey 4 aylar önce
I am so curious how much those forms cost to lease. I want a slab for a house badly. I've really been frustrated with my house sinking. It has a crawlspace.
James Grabowski
James Grabowski 2 aylar önce
You need risers for both lids on your septic tank because you need to remove and clean the filter twice a year with a garden hose. That yellow Tuff-Tite effluent filter clogs very easily.
Kensai 06
Kensai 06 3 aylar önce
I love it. Thanks for the video.
Joe Hemmings
Joe Hemmings 4 aylar önce
Would you sell the plans for this home?
Mary L.
Mary L. 2 aylar önce
Very nice design and layout.
Red & April Off-Grid
Red & April Off-Grid 4 aylar önce
Nice! We also used metal siding and a shed roof design on our DIY home build. 🙂🏜️
Edgar Harris
Edgar Harris 2 aylar önce
I'm having a blast looking at your construction..!!! (Gracias)
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