10 Awesome DIY Cabin Projects
There are few pleasures as pure as escaping to a cabin for a leisurely retreat. But just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you have to give up your home improvements! Here are 10 DIY projects to enhance the character of your cabin while making seasonal maintenance easier.
If you have a special someone you’d like to curl up next to while enjoying the view from your cabin, consider building an Adirondack love seat.
Classic Fire Pit
This DIY cabin project is similar to the fire pit, but kicks the craftsmanship up to the next level. A fire table gives the same warmth and collective gathering spot as a fire pit, but with a slightly more sophisticated feel. Think sipping a glass of wine instead of roasting marshmallows. (Or maybe both!)
And this project uses a propane feed to minimize the mess and keep the coals simmering long into the night.
Protect your Cabin from Pests and Critters
Depending on the location of your cabin, chances are that you face a wide range of invaders, from spiders and ants to squirrels and possums. But most cabin owners have an ongoing struggle with one specific pest: the common field mouse. If these cute but damaging critters are an issue for you, check out this Family Handyman article that focuses on How to Have a Mouse-Free House.
Firewood Splitting and Seasoning Station
Create a splitting station by leveling the ground to provide solid footing, and setting a wide, solid stump in the dirt. Next, place the logs to be split on the stump to raise them to a more ergonomic height and provide a safe backdrop if your swing goes wide.
A seasoning station takes a bit more work, but makes a great DIY cabin project. These stations can be as large or as small as you need, but all they really require is a roof and protection from prevailing winds. And for a robust seasoning shed that will protect your wood for years and look attractive while doing so, follow the steps in this outdoor storage locker tutorial. Simply leave off the doors to keep stocking and removing wood easily.
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Closing Up the Cabin for the Winter
Add a Tree House
And whether you choose to make a simple platform or a full-on tiny house, you’ll be creating a place of fun and freedom in the branches of tree.
A bench can be pre-assembled or be built in sections, ready to be secured on-site. And the bench featured here is portable and can be easily relocated, but if you want a more solid, permanent solution, check out these plans for a campfire bench.
Regardless of which category your cabin falls into, you and your cabin-mates will be more likely to use an outdoor shower if there’s a measure of privacy. And a shower enclosure is a quick DIY cabin project that will add a bit of luxury to your stay, and help keep sand out of your sheets.