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Arched Cabins Go Up Fast, Cheap
A request for a cabin by a client of blacksmith David Cruey is what resulted in the novel design for “Arched Cabins” which are spreading from Texas to Michigan and California to Florida. The cabins have been used for countless purposes from workshops and animal shelters to vacation homes and hunting lodges.
    “Our customers can assemble the cabins themselves, but we build about 90 percent of the structures,” says daughter-in-law Sara Cruey. “They go up quickly and then the buyer tackles the interior themselves.”
    The Crueys sell kits and build cabins that pop up in as little as a day once the foundation is in place. The unique design allows the builder to assemble one entire side of curved steel ribs with a base plate and a ridge plate before putting up the opposite side.
    “Dave knew that curved steel is more structurally stable than straight steel and developed a process to bend steel ribs into their arched shape,” says Cruey.
    Once an insulation blanket has been added, sheets of roof paneling are laid over the top and attached to the ribs. Customized end caps are installed, and the cabin shell is essentially complete.
    What a buyer gets is floor plates, ribs, ridge beam, R-13 insulation (R-25 upgrade available), Super Span Roof Paneling, trim and fasteners. Upgrades include a color upgrade on panels (26 colors offered), a fireplace thimble, custom loft and stairs. Foundation options include pier and steel beams or post and beam.
    A 14 by 14-ft. cabin with a 12-ft. peak is priced at $2,800 for the base unit or $3,406 with all upgrades. A 24 by 40-ft. cabin with a 19-ft. peak starts at $12,800 or $14,960 with all upgrades. Shipping in the U.S. is priced at $2 per mile for 14 and 16-ft. cabins and $2.50 per mile for larger cabins. Installation is $1,000 per day plus travel costs, with the 12 and 14-ft. cabins taking as little as a day if the foundation is in place.
    The company crew will do exterior rough-in that includes foundation, floor and joist decking and custom end caps (not including doors and windows) at an additional price.
    “We will deliver to Canadian customers, depending on additional costs, but we ask other international customers to handle shipping,” says Cruey.
    You can see a video of an Arched Cabin taking shape at FARMSHOW.com.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Arched Cabins, 1184 Dula Lane, Cypress, Texas 77429 (ph 832 930-2724; archedcabins@gmail.com; www.archedcabins.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #2