Mini log cabins chop costs
Structures range from 110 to 230 square feet in size
Just bought a sweet plot of waterfront property, but still saving the cash to build your dream cottage?
Or perhaps you already have your country getaway and need extra space for overnight guests.
Luckily there’s a handy fella who will put a roof over your head without breaking the bank.
Arie Daalder, 45, owner of Daalder Leisure Cabins in Avonmore, Ont. — located about half way between Ottawa and Montreal — sells and builds structures that are along the lines of mini log cabins.
These charming cabins can also do admirable duty as a backyard bunkie, tool shed or pool cabana.
He makes three different styles in four sizes, starting with the smallest offering 110 square feet and going up to 230 square feet.
Think of a 10-by-10 foot room on the small end, moving up to a 16-by-16 foot room on the large side and you get the idea of space. Rainy days may end up being close living.
Prices range from $4,600 to $6,700, says Daalder, who launched his business 18 months ago. He sold four cabins the first year and another three this summer, with 80 per cent asking for customized plans.
These are appealing three- season cabins for cottage country, but they’re certainly not luxurious.
One has a stove for heat when mornings turn chilly, but none have plumbing, instead relying on outhouses.“I can make them four season,” says Daalder, by adding a second skin and insulation.
Expect to double the price to add a bathroom and plumbing. The client also pays extra for site preparation, roof shingles and stain to preserve the pine.
Standard features include ¾-inch pine floor boards, big roof overhangs or large porches for protection against rain, french doors and cathedral ceilings.
All the logs are precut, numbered for easy assembly, and can be put together with regular tools by a family or you can pay Daalder $700 to $1,400 to build the cabin in one or two days.
Building cabins runs deep in his Dutch veins. His family has been making small cabins in Europe for more than two decades, manufacturing 2,000 a year.
Daalder’s cabins are scattered around nearby cottage country, including Blue Sea Lake, Kazabazua and Westport. Once orders are made, delivery takes about four to six weeks. Check out the website at www. leisurecabins.com
Ranging up to 230 square feet, the cabins could serve as bunkie, tool shed or pool cabana. Arie Daalder of Daadler Leisure Cabins built this mini-cabin on Crosby Lake near Westport, Ont.