Mini log cabins chop costs

Struc­tures range from 110 to 230 square feet in size

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties - PAULA MCCOOEY

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

Pat McGrath, Ottawa Ci­ti­zen

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.

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