Framing Our Off Grid Cabin Walls In Just 3 Days!

Here's Day 3 of 3 Framing

Today is the third of three days that it took us to frame the off grid cabin walls.

Hopefully you’ve been following the build up to this point.

If not, you can head on over to day one of our three day framing blitz or go all the way back to when we first started the foundation.

To date we’ve had just over 1 million visitors visit our framing section!

It’s great to know that so many other folks are interested in following the build and perhaps building their own off grid home.

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Finishing Up Framing The Exterior Walls

Today is day #8 of our overall build and we’ll be finishing up framing the main floor walls, frame the main interior load bearing wall and finish up the exterior sheathing.

All the remaining interior walls will be built after the bathroom amenities are brought in and installed.

Lastly we’ll incorporate some pocket doors for the bathroom and the master bedroom to save some precious space.

Here’s Where We Left Off Yesterday…

We have one end wall framed, the rear wall and half the front wall.

As well, the loft floor-joist is complete and the OSB sub-floor is glued and nailed down.

Framing The Cabin End of Day 2

Here’s a floor plan refresher to get your bearings of where we’re headed.

We covered a complete floor plan overview in our Off Grid Cabin Floor Plan post.

The Off Grid Cabin-Floor-Plans

Today we started off by finishing the framing of the East facing end wall.

The sunrise through the two large windows will be incredible!

Don’t forget there’s a “How To: Framing 101” section we posted on our first day of framing.

Finishing Up East Facing Side Wall

Framing The Walls End wall completeThe horizontal joists above are only a temporary work platform built in order to access the east facing wall.

This wall is 20 feet tall and could not have been built and stood as one piece by the two of us.

NOTE: This is the only exterior wall that was framed using 2 x 6’s – 16″ O.C. Also note the tripled-up 2 x 6 in the center. This will make up one of the three main support posts for the roof.

The rest of the exterior walls are all 2 x 4 – 16″oc. The reason this one end wall was framed using 2 x 6’s is because this main living room incorporated a cathedral ceiling and there will be no additional horizontal support beams as seen in other cabins.

Cathedral Ceiling Horizontal Support Beams

These horizontal beams are called “collar ties” or “rafter tires” depending where they tie in.

We wanted a completely open design without any load bearing beams obstructing the open concept.

Not that this looks in anyway unappealing but we wanted to save on wood, work and test an new roof truss design that will NOT require these support beams. Stay tuned for that post!   

The entire roof load will be carried vertically through the exterior walls and through the 3 main vertical support beams and directly into the foundation blocks.

This is unlike 99% of most roof trusses which actually push the exterior walls OUTWARDS and not actually straight down.

Framing The Off Grid Cabin front wall

HANDY TOOL: One of the most handy items we had that any build site can’t be without is an aluminum folding work platform.

Once the end and the front walls were framed we sheathed them with 7/16″ 4′ X 8′ OSB.

Framing The Off Grid Cabin Sheathing