Off Grid Log Cabin Build – Floor Construction

Here you can see how the floor was built on our little off grid log cabin. During this phase of construction we were dealing with several major fires in our area, ironically there we were trying to build our future home whilst our neighbors were packing up and leaving.

Needless to say we did not document this phase very well so hopefully viewers of this video will still be able to get a general idea of how we built the floor.



  1. Kris Barnes March 1, 2016 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to video all your work, we are working as well to build a cabin in the near future.
    QUESTION: Have you been stacking your logs GREEN or do you dry them 1st?
    Kris Barnes
    New Mexico

    • OGWarrior March 2, 2016 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Kris. Besides the floor sills, joists and first round of wall logs we are building with green logs. Ideally seasoned, dry logs would be a better option but having investigated other cabins in our area that were built with green logs I feel confident that our build will be fine. If I were living in an area with high precipitation and humidity I would probably go with well seasoned logs.

      • Kris Barnes March 2, 2016 at 6:33 pm - Reply

        Thanks for getting back to me. That helps a-lot with my future decisions and time frame to build, the logs sure are heavy when their green. We’ve been cutting ours to about 30 feet long, 12″ diameter maybe guessing on diameter, but heavy. Your cable pulley system has inspired me to move in that same direction but utilizing a winch instead of a vehicle as the pulling force, still trying to decide on a 1000′ or 500′ spool of wire rope, prob go with 1000′, we have 5.25 heavily wooded acres to harvest trees on and 1000 would extend our reach pretty good..
        Keep up the great work and be safe!

      • Jesse & Alyssa March 5, 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

        Totally agree! My thinking on this is our acenstors when they landed here didn’t have two years for logs to season before building. They needed a home and they needed it now! One of the oldest construction methods brought here was timber framing. There is a joint for EVERYTHING in timberframing when you’re using green timbers. It requires more work, but it’s certainly not a problem. Can you imagine how long it would take for a green oak tree to properly dry? My gosh!

        We’ve been testing this with our deck project. We dropped trees, milled them, built the deck and ZERO problems. Our neigbhor, a logger, came over and said “It didn’t warp, twist, check or split?” Nope. Nothing. Not saying these things can’t happen, but proper stacking, stickering, prompt milling and installation reduces the risk.

        Nice work folks. I’m super excited to follow your journey.

  2. Curtis March 8, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    How far apart did you set your piers? Thanks and we await your future videos. We have started our land clearing for our cabin and have learned a lot from your work.

    • OGWarrior March 8, 2016 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Hello Curtis.Those are 12inch piers and they are 8ft apart. Glad you were able to take something from my videos, all the best to you on your cabin build.

  3. Norm March 27, 2016 at 7:00 am - Reply

    I suspect you may already know about him, but if not I would hate for you to miss out on the info on Wranglerstar’s channel on YouTube. He has faced many of the same problems you have. Cheers and keep on living the dream!

  4. gio June 3, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    im so glad to find someone who is on the same page as me. i have been trying for 2 yes to move out to my property. but now with your videos i feel confident enough to just do it myself how did you secure the 30′ logs to the piers? and the shorter ones that were around 8 ft? and thank you again soooo much for helping make my daughter and i’s dream within reach

    gio and gia

  5. Red Cloud September 22, 2017 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Appears everyone is a critic. Just like say, “Coming along nicely…..well done”

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