Timber Frame Cabin

In my search for more information on building tiny houses I stumbled across Mark van Roojen, a professor of philosophy at the University of Nebraska and his project and construction of a small 10 x 14 timber frame cabin in the back woods of Wyoming. His information will give you first hand experience on what is involved in this type of construction. Following are a couple of pictures of his cabin and a link to his site.



Mark van Roojen


Timber frame construction


Further progress.

The Timber-Framed Cabin Project

Mark says: I’ve started on a timberframed cabin project and I have been chronicling it here on my website. There are now too many images to put all on one page. So I have now divided it into five pages covering the following time frames. You can reach them by clicking on the link above or click Here.

Update October 2008 Jenny on Porch

Update October 2008 Jenny on Porch

If you know of other tiny house projects or have one of your own and would like to share it please post it in the comment section. Thank you!

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Mark van Roojen - January 3, 2008 Reply

Thanks for linking to my site. It looks like you’ve got some nice links here to other small house resources, as well as nice stuffin the postings themselves. I’ve only had time for a quick look, but I liked the reprinted article on the small log cabin and will spend some more time later looking at your other postings.

the timber-framed cabin project, mark van roojen at materialicious - January 7, 2008 Reply

[…] Mark van Roojen, a professor of philosophy at the University of Nebraska, has a nice site detailing his design and construction of a small 10 x 14 timber frame cabin on his property in the back woods of Wyoming, the frame of which he created in his backyard at home in Nebraska… Lots of info and photos, very inspiring. Found on Tiny House Blog. […]

Tiny House Blog » North Idaho Timber Frame Cabin - February 19, 2008 Reply

[…] cabin is still in progress similar to Mark van Roojen’s project in Wyoming that we covered on an earlier […]

Chris - December 5, 2008 Reply

Your web site is the best I have seen for small houses and cabins. I have searched for over a year. My hats off to you. Cant thank you enough. Please dont ever take it down


Kent - December 5, 2008 Reply

Thanks Chris for your kind words!

Mark van Roojen - December 13, 2008 Reply

Thanks for updating your page on my project! Obviously since I thought it worth putting on the web I like it that people get to see the work. One funny thing about a cabin is that the early photos are the ones that are most impressive because they show something arising from nothing. But then later, more detail oriented photos are just not as telegenic even if the work to make the details is just as challenging. That’s my backhanded way of apologizing for the less striking photos as the project moves along.

And thanks also for collecting the other projects from which we can all steal ideas.

Oak Garages - January 28, 2009 Reply


Your blog is very interesting regarding construction of tiny houses.

Gary - January 29, 2009 Reply

Very nice. Wish I had the knowledge/ability/patience to construct a timberframe. Every one I have seen here is very nicely done.

Mark, keep up the website. Very interesting read.

Whit - February 19, 2009 Reply

Nice story! I like to read about small house design and making the most of the space.

Mark van Roojen - May 28, 2009 Reply

FWIW, my website is moving to http://www.mvr1.com.

The timberframe pages are at http://www.mvr1.com/timberframing/timberframecabin.html .

In case I mistyped (I do that) go to the main page and follow the links there.

Thanks for posting about my cabin!



Kent Griswold - May 28, 2009 Reply

Hi Mark – Sorry I forgot to change the link, it is done now…Kent

Mark van Roojen - May 29, 2009 Reply

Thanks Kent! I appreciate it. And your keeping up a cool web resource like this one.



Jeff Empfield - August 22, 2009 Reply

Anyone interested in seeing a similar project in person right now…I am about to cut and raise an 11.5×15 foot mostly white oak (also cherry, ash, and maple) timber frame cabin in western Pennsylvania. Sept-Oct 2009 contact me at timberhousewright@gmail.com Best, Jeff

John - June 22, 2012 Reply

I love your web site: you did an excellent job of detailing the building process. Many useful pictures and even more useful information. It turned out great too!

Brock O'Brien - February 13, 2015 Reply

I would like to have your timber Frame Cabin Plan so I can building your timber frame cabin style.

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