I've been doing a lot of research to figure out the best and strongest way to build the hut, but it looks like I may use a combination of old building techniques and new (Advanced Framing) The new method uses considerably less lumber, but it isn't good for high wind areas which it would be facing here. I think by using a little of the old method with the new I could still build a hut that would be strong enough to withstand the high wind. The newer method of building not only saves lumber, but its also about 30% more efficient as far as energy to heat and cool it and I really want it as efficient as I can make it.
I've also decided that it won't cost much more to add another four feet on one side to make it a 12x16 rather than a 12x12. That will give me the extra room for a small bathroom, small kitchen stove and maybe even a small closet and / or small fridge and still have pretty near a full 12x12 living space. I'd call that much better than only having an 8x12 living space if I'd tried to add all of that to a 12x12 building. That was basically the living area in the dungeon and it was too tight.
Main problem I have now is that my trailer isn't long enough to haul some of the lumber I'll buy and I really don't want to scab shorter lengths together to get the lengths I need. I'll have to figure something out on that. My neighbor plans to get a big order from McCoy's and have it trucked down here, but that won't be until he gets his tax refund so that may be a while away and I'm getting itchy to start pretty quick since I'd like to have it finished by the beginning of summer.
I plan to build bunks for it something like I did in the dungeon, but have them fold up against the wall when not in use to allow for more day time living space.
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