Framing Our Off Grid Home Walls In 3 Days

Here's Day 2 of 3 Framing The Main Floor.

Today is day #7 of the overall build and just day #2 that we’ve been framing the main floor walls.

All together we built the entire cabin from start to finish in just 15 days!

Below is a calendar showing what we did over those 15 days.


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If it’s your first time here and you landed right here…  you may want to get caught up with our framing phase yesterday on day #1 of framing or go you can head straight to the very beginning of our entire build when began the building the foundation.

Here’s Where We Left Off

Yesterday we started the wall framing with the first end wall of the cabin on our newly build cabin sub-floor. We also tackled half of the rear wall and half of the front wall. It looked something like this when we arrived at the cabin today…


Loft Floor Joists

We used 2″ X 6″ X 16ft spaced 16 inches for the loft floor joist and we’ll use 7/16″ 4′ X 8′ OSB for the base. Over all dimensions of the loft floor are 16ft X 12ft. There will be an opening for a folding staircase. Using a folding staircase allows for much more room on the main floor. The loft will also have a west facing window to watch the sunset at night.

The interior loft walls will be angled at 45 degree from the floor up to the peek (basically a big triangle) with more than enough headroom to stand up inside. We will also utilize the lower portion of the walls (where the wall meets the floor) to store the solar system battery bank as well as the winter fresh water. All of this is covered in up coming posts don’t worry. We’ll also have an access hatch going from the loft into the crawl space above the deck.

Framing The Cabin Half Front Wall 1

Measuring out and cutting the 16 foot loft floor joists.

You can see our wood stove in the photo above protected in plastic. We’re going with the Drolet Pyropak as it’s the smallest wood-stove available that has the all important glass door. This is a 40,000 BTU wood-stove with a 1000 sq ft capacity. Our cabin has an overall square footage of 512 sq ft so this will more than do during even our coldest Canadian winters. 

Drolet Pyropak Wood Stove

Once we get up on the second floor that lake in the distance is going to look amazing!

Framing The Cabin Half Front Wall 2

We made full use of our DeWalt 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw and this heavy duty miter stand made cutting the 16 foot joists a snap. Highly recommended to make a project like this so much more comfortable. 

TIP: We used a 2″ x 6″ as a Band Joist. See the photo below.

We are not creating a Double Plate because the transition from the loft to the main living space will involve a height change which we show in detail further down this page.


Framing The Cabin Half Front Wall with half Rear Wall

Putting up the first loft floor joists

We’ll be leaving a gap between these floor joists for no to create the opening for the folding stairs.

Framing The Cabin Starting Loft Floor Joists

Framing The Cabin Starting Loft Floor Joists 2

Framing The Cabin DeWalt

Below we’re framed the remaining portion of the rear wall. We still have to frame in the window opening for the rear wall. All sheathing is 7/16″ 4′ X 8′ OSB (oriented strand board) and we’ll be wrapping the cabin Tyvek.

Framing The Cabin Rear Wall Complete 1

You’ll see our trusty DeWalt cordless framing nail gun. This build would easily have taken twice as long without that one tool!

Framing The Cabin Rear Wall Complete 2

The main living room rear window is framed and we’ve put up some OSB sheathing to help keep everything rigid.

TIP: Drill a 2″ hole at all the four corners of the sheathed window opening and use a reciprocating saw to cut out the excess plywood. You can also drive a nail through all four corners, connect them with a chalk line and use a skill saw from the outside.

Framing The Cabin Cutting out Living room rear window

Notice the height transition from the loft joists to the top of the main living room wall.

Loft Sub-floor

Measuring out the sub-floor.  We used 7/16″ 4′ X 8′ OSB Plywood for the sub-floor. We will be placing a laminate wood flooring down on top.

Framing The Cabin Loft Floor Joist Flooring 1

Framing The Cabin Loft Floor Joist Flooring 2

Framing The Cabin Loft Floor Plywood 2Framing The Cabin Loft Floor Plywood

At this point we’ve nailed down the loft sub-floor, completed the framing of the rear wall and put up the exterior sheathing.

Framing The Cabin Loft Floor Joists Complete

Day 2 Framing Complete

The inspection team arrived with Tim Hortons 🙂

Framing The Cabin Inspection 2

Framing The Cabin Inspection 1

Framing The Cabin End of Day 2

With the rear wall framed, the loft joists and sub-floor in and the exterieor sheathing on that wraps up day #2 of our 3 day spring to get all the walls framed in.


We’ll compete the main-floor wall framing and begin to tackle the three main vertical support posts for the rafter.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the build so far and hope you’ll be back for day 3 of framing the cabin.

Ready To Check Out Tomorrows Build?

Framing The Cabin Walls In 3 Days (Day 3)

To get caught up on the entire build you can head here to our building section and join us right on day #1 of the entire build.

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