Log Cabin Foundation – Using Concrete tubes

Here I am installing the concrete foundation piers for my off grid log cabin build. Before I started mixing concrete we were lucky enough to have a couple days of good rainfall which allowed me to collect enough rainwater for concrete mixing.

The forms I am using are Sakrete branded 12 inch x 4 foot forms and the the concrete I am using is Sakrete High strength concrete mix.

Each 4 ft form required approximately 5.2 bags (80 pound bags), with 9 forms in total I used around 54 bags in total due to the fact extra concrete was poured around the exterior of the forms.

Cost break down:

54x 80 Pound Concrete Bag – $3.94
9x 12 inch x 4ft Forms – $10.42
18x 1/2 inch x 4ft Rebar – $3.27

Total: $365.40



  1. Brian Fairhurst March 30, 2018 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    I wanted to thank you for the videos you have shown regarding building a cabin! I have had my land for 19 years now and ready to start building a place. My place is in northern California and almost all Douglas fir. I have 20 acres so i know i have plenty of wood. Thanks again for sharing your experience as it is very much appreciated!!
    Blue Skies

    • OGWarrior May 2, 2018 at 12:19 am - Reply

      Thank you for your kind words, I am glad you found my videos informative. Good luck on your future projects and all the best to you!

  2. Matt June 21, 2017 at 4:10 am - Reply

    Off grid warrior you are awesome, I can’t stop watching all the videos and what you are doing is amazing. You make it seem enjoyable. One question though, how did you attach the wooden blocks to the cement piers where the grade is lower? Thanks!

    • OGWarrior July 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your comment. There is about 8 inches of rebar protruding from the cement piers into the logs.

  3. Howard Brown May 7, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    I was so excited to find your videos and then your web site. I am wanting to do the same type of homestead and build my own hand scribed log cabin as well. I purchased land a year and a half ago and have been researching building techniques and gathering tools and equipment. I am currently watching all of your videos. Thank you so much for making them. You are an inspiration to me.

  4. Chris Shea February 25, 2016 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    It’s great to see this part of the process, and is what I am considering for the foundation of my build. Great to see progress on the cabin, and keeping it alive!

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