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“Simple Offers Freedom”: Building a $500 Cabin Without a Permit

by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

How to make it in the wilderness certainly has its difficulties, but so does living in modern society.

Whether you are taking shelter from the elements and the harsh realities of nature, or from the stresses, panic and emergency crises of the city.

Building a cabin is a classic, timeworn and reliable way to build a shelter that can be made simply by a few men, or if necessary, by a single man alone.

It is enough to survive, but no guarantee of an easy life.

But it provides a path to a simpler life – away from the busy conundrum of idle and mostly meaningless existence inside the system.

As the man in the below video notes, “Simple offers freedom.” Indeed, the cabin life may be about as free as it gets.

He built the cabin at 10×10 deliberately, and cheaply – for $500 – allowing him to build without a permit, and enjoy the freedom of living off of his own land.

Practically everywhere in the country – suburban communities and rural lands alike – places restrictions on building that requires approval and permission. But most codes make an exception for temporary structures and those under a certain size – and that’s where you’ll have the most room to work on the project on your terms and outside of most restrictions.

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4 comments to “Simple Offers Freedom”: Building a $500 Cabin Without a Permit

  • I’m doing this right now, and it’s absolutely possible – but you have to comb over your rural municipality’s codes like a hawk. Some will have “hunting cabin” or “seasonal cabin” provisions specifically laid out (usually with a set number of days the property can be occupied – but who’s counting in the sticks?), others will allow you to build a “shed” or “garage” without a home on-site. Most, however, disallow these things specifically; most of your time will be spent searching for the right piece of property, zoned properly, in a freedom-minded township.

    A lot of people go the RV/”Tiny House” route because it being on wheels skirts building, electrical, and plumbing codes – but you have to be careful. Some local zoning boards actually regulate “recreation vehicles” more stringently than they would a “seasonal cabin” or “shed.”

    Excellent resources if you actually wanna try this. But two caveats: 1) You’ll be spending a LOT more than $500 (depending on your climate, probably much more than $5,000, excluding land) and 2) There are lots of clever ways to skirt codes, but you’re going to be in violation of something if they really want to shut you down.

    I’ve taken the provisions of getting signed off at the Township level, including an on-record statement at a board meeting of them approving of my activity (on my own land – what a joke) but finding a zoning committee that’s so “Constitutional” is a rarity. And even then, if someone filed a complaint at the County level, I’d be shut down regardless of doing things as “by the book” as possible.

  • Eric

    I liked this video. but I think this is far niftier…

  • Ed_B

    “Building a cabin is a classic, timeworn and reliable way to build a shelter that can be made simply by a few men, or if necessary, by a single man alone.”

    Building much of anything alone is a right royal PITA. No matter how good a carpenter one may be, holding BOTH ends of a 10-12 foot long board is hard to do… especially when needing to measure it, cut it, or hammer it to something else. Not that this is impossible but give me an extra pair of hands ANY TIME! That makes a lot jobs MORE than 2x as fast as when doing the job alone. Understand the necessity of going with what we have and if that is just 1 person, then suck it up and get to it. Just don’t expect most things to be simple, quick, or easy.

    Speaking of cabins… a local business that builds sheds has started making shed-cabins. These look like their basic sheds but have windows, doors, and even porches. Haven’t stopped in to check out their price or what the inside looks like but may do that one of these days. Something like this would make a near ideal fishing or hunting cabin, especially if it could be set atop a concrete basement and have a deck or two added for additional space.

    • An older article, but Ed, one of those little cabins is exactly what I’ve put on my four-acre slice of liberaration 😉 The Amish run a business cranking them out, and for the $2k premium over building it myself, it was well worth it – a small price to pay for a year’s worth of work pre-completed. It sits on a gravel pad for drainage purposes, and now that it’s spray foam insulated, the flooring installed, and the finish work coming along nicely, it’s quite cozy!

      Once the solar panels get wired up to the battery bank and the 4G antenna from a local internet provider is installed, it’ll really feel like home. It’s surprising how far off-grid technology has progressed, even for something as simple as the loo. The composting toilet I’m using (another excellent way to skirt septic/health/building codes btw) is scentless and only needs the “shit bin” dumped every six months for two people. Didn’t expect that! The free fruit tree fertilizer is a nice bonus, too.

      Should 300 square feet ever get too cramped, no problem! Throw up another cabin for guests, or a yurt perhaps. This lifestyle is as daunting as ever and certainly not for the faint of heart, but you have more options today than ever before. All the comforts of modern life can be had, provided you have a “DIY attitude” and are willing to research alternative, energy-efficient ways of doing things.

      Now if only I could figure out how to get back there in the dead of winter… 😀

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