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1) What are the main advantages of building a QuickCabin versus other types of log or stick framed cabins?
Speed, ease of construction, and thermal efficiency are the main advantages of the QuickCabin design. The QuickCabin shell is an assembly of pre-cut structural insulated panels. All wall and roof panels are kept to a manageable size, so that they can be erected easily at the building site without heavy equipment. With the help of a few friends, you can erect the QuickCabin shell in a weekend. And the result is an exceptionally strong, and well insulated building.
2) I would like to build a cabin, but can only work on the weekend. Can QuickCabin be built in stages?
Yes. QuickCabin is ideal for the do-it-yourselfer. With proper preparation, you can build your cabin in several weekends.
  • Week One - Prepare your foundation.
  • Week Two - Erect the cabin shell.
  • Week Three - Install metal roofing and your choice of siding.
3) Can I build the cabin myself?
If you have building experience, and some skilled friends to assist, you may decide to erect the cabin shell yourself. Walls can be erected by two workers, but you'll need three or four when raising roof sections. You'll need to use ordinary tools such as screw guns, hammers, caulking guns, and circular saw. You will also need to have access to ladders and some scaffold.

To build your own foundation, you'll need experience with wooden deck or concrete construction. Your foundation must be square and flat to ensure a proper fit when the time comes to erect the Quick Cabin shell.

You may also need the help of a licensed electrician and plumber. Always check with your local building officials before starting any work.

If you prefer to have your cabin built for you, QuickCabin may be able to recommend a contractor in your area, or offer advice and support to the contractor of your choice.

4) What is included in the Quick Cabin kit?
Standard kits include all of the building shell materials. We include all wall and roof panels, ridge beam and supporting post, windows and door, any special fasteners and sealants, and pre-cut lumber used in the construction of your shell. We also include metal roofing (your choice of several colors), and matching ridge cap, edge flashing, and screws.

We do not include the sill plate materials which anchor the shell to the foundation, or any of the foundation materials. These should be obtained locally, so the foundation is ready to receive the kit, when it arrives.

Optional porch, loft, and siding packages are available. The QuickCabin SmartPanel® siding package can be installed very quickly, and is pre-primed to resist the weather for up to several months until exterior painting can be done.

5) Besides SmartPanel® siding, what other types of siding can be used?
You can apply a variety of siding products directly to QuickCabin walls. Options include plywood, lumber, hardboard, vinyl, and log siding.

*SmartPanel® is a registered trademark of Louisiana Pacific Corp.

6) How is the interior finished?
That's your choice. The Quick Cabin design requires no interior load bearing walls*, and only one support post. You are free to create your own floor plan or follow the suggested floorplan. The interior surface of the cabin shell provides a full nailing surface, so you can cover interior surfaces with a variety of materials, including drywall, paneling, solid wood, and tileboard.

*Adding a loft area requires the addition of one intermediate load bearing wall.

7) Can I add a basement?
QuickCabin provides plans for two types of foundations (wood deck and monolithic concrete slab). Other foundation types, including a full basement wall, could be used. Check with local building authorities before beginning your project, to see what foundations are approved in your area. QuickCabin can usually customize plans to meet your needs.
8) Is it possible to erect QuickCabin in remote sites?
Usually. QuickCabin kits are shipped by flatbed truck, or truck and trailer. Delivery must be to a site with gravel road (or better) access. If it is necessary to transport the kit beyond the unloading site, the builder can arrange to transport individual sections to the final site. Individual wall and roof panels are 4 feet wide and up to 16 feet long. Maximum individual panel weight is approximately 230 pounds, although the vast majority of panels are 180 pounds or less.
9) Do I need to provide bracing during construction?
QuickCabin is self-bracing if constructed under normal wind conditions. Construction begins by assembling one corner. Side wall panels are then added until a second corner is formed. This completed side wall provides bracing for the end wall panels, as they are erected.
10) Can wiring be routed within Quick Cabin walls?
Yes. Both vertical and horizontal wall chases are provided in QuickCabin wall panels. This simplifies the routing from one box to another within any wall section. Standard NM-B designated wire may be used. It is also possible to route wires behind baseboard molding. Any interior stud walls and the optional loft will provide additional paths for routing of wires. Electrical boxes with front mounting tabs are mounted directly to the QuickCabin wall after cavities are created using a router. Boxes are adjusted to be flush with the final drywall or other interior surface.
11) How are QuickCabin wall and roof panels fastened?
All panels are fastened with screw fasteners. For this reason, the crew will need several good quality cordless screw guns. Several different types of joints are used. All required screw fasteners are provided with your kit, and ensure that proper pull-out and shear ratings are obtained.
12) How are chimneys and stovepipes accomodated?
Openings up to 12" x 12" can be cut in roof panels without requiring blocking around the cutout. Larger openings are possible with blocking. If you are considering a chimney or stovepipe, and can choose an exact location, we can provide the opening for you, for a small additional charge. We can also supply pipe boots which will conform to corrugated roofing, and simplify installation of stovepipes as well as plumbing vents.
13) How does QuickCabin achieve its energy efficiency?
QuickCabin's insulated panel construction forms a continuous uninterrupted layer of insulation around your cabin. There are no breaks for studs, ceiling joists or rafters, and bracing. Additionally, QuickCabin's solid insulating core reduces infiltration and eliminates air movement within the walls and roof, which could otherwise reduce insulation efficiency.
14) Can I purchase cabin plans for review by my building officials?
Duplicate copies of architectural plans are available for $ 100 and are generally satisfactory for review by building officials. This charge is nonrefundable, but will be applied towards the cost of your cabin package for up to one year should you decide to order. More detailed panel layout drawings and instructions are provided with your order. Click on the Order Plans button above to download our plans order form.
15) Is an interior vapor barrier required?
No. Wall and roof panels provide their own vapor barrier.
16) What type of windows and doors are supplied with the QuickCabin kit?
We pre-install maintenance free all-vinyl double hung windows into wall panels before the kit arrives. They include an integral siding J-channel to simplify siding application, and their welded frames will not leak, separate, or allow air infiltration. Both window sashes tilt in for easy claening.

A 36" insulated 9-lite steel entry door is provided with each kit. It provides excellent security, while also allowing additional natural light into the cabin. The door comes pre-primed and ready to receive most standard lock and deadbolt sets. It should be painted with a high quality latex paint within 45 days of installation.