Updated Prospector’s Cabin Plans

I just posted an updated version of the Prospector’s Cabin Framing Plans. The look & feel of the plans have been updated to the same style as the Pioneer’s Cabin plans making them easier to read and use. I’ve also included a lumber materials list.

The Prospector’s Cabin measures 12’x12′ and the walls are 10-feet tall giving the loft a bit more headroom than normal Two roof options are included in the plans, a 12/12 and 8/12 pitched roof. The price of the plans is unchanged from the original $9.95. Learn more about the Prospector’s Cabin.

I’ve also sent updates out to everyone that has previously purchased a set of these plans. If you purchased these plans in the past and did not receive your updated download link please email me at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Thanks!

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5 thoughts on “Updated Prospector’s Cabin Plans

  1. Carey Huffman says:


    I’m finally taking the plunge and building my little house/wood shop this August! I have been pouring over the Sheldon CW192, the Better Barns 12×16 Plywood Colonial, the Country Plans Little House and your Prospector’s Cabin. My county allows a 200 sq. ft. floor space building with an additional 24″ roof overhang without a permit.

    My problem is, that I like the 10′ wall height of your Prospector’s Cabin but it is only 12′ by 12′, and I can have a 12′ by 16′ building under the code. How hard do you think it would be for a novice to adjust the plans to add 4′ to the end of the building? I was thinking I could use the Homesteader’s Cabin plan to help me out in trying to make this conversion.

    Alternately, I could just cut off 8′ from the Homesteader’s Cabin plans, but it looks like the Prospector’s Cabin plans have more detail so I wanted to start with them.

    Secondly, I would prefer the 12′ walls of the Homesteader’s Cabin plans to the 10′ walls of the Prospector’s Cabin plans. Is there something preventing me from just using the measurements for the studs from the Homesteader’s Cabin Plans and inserting them into the Prospector’s Cabin Plans? The reason I am doing this is that I want the bottom floor as a wood shop and to use the loft area/second floor as a playroom for my kids.

    Thanks for your consideration of my questions!


  2. Shannon says:

    Hi Michael,
    I’ve purchased the 12×12 prospector’s cabin plans and have a couple of questions:
    1) on the left wall framing, why aren’t the window openings identical sizes?
    2) as pictured the house has a front and a rear porch, but if I’m reading the materials list correctly only one porch is accounted for–can you help me understand this?

    It would be great to hear from anyone who’s built this cabin!
    Thanks and keep up the great work.

  3. Shannon says:

    Okay, I see now that on the left wall the windows are the same size–I was misreading the distance to the jack stud. But I remain confused about the porch(es) and about the notches to support the loft joists. I’d be happy to pay for a custom consultation!

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