Patrick and Christie’s Cabin Story

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by Patrick Schutt

Who hasn’t dreamed of escaping the stress of the real world and going back to a simpler time? That is exactly what my wife Christie and I did. After years of running the rat race Monday through Friday and dealing with hectic weekends we were frazzled and at our wits end.

That’s when we decided to build our weekend get away. We acquired a few secluded acres in the beautiful Missouri, and a 400 sq. ft. log cabin kit from Schutt Log Homes ( for $6000.00 and got busy building our romantic hide-a-way. The process of putting the cabin together was simple and so rewarding. We spent time together working on our dream and in the process built our relationship and came away with so many wonderful memories.

Now we are rewarded with our very own rustic retreat. My wife enjoys the small kitchen area where she cooks wonderful meals and I enjoy getting back into nature. We both love our little log cabin and our time away from all the worries of the world.

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Greg - November 9, 2012 Reply

I Like it, nice and cozy.

william carlisle - November 9, 2012 Reply

Very nice enjoy it it will become a family heirloom

Beverly - November 9, 2012 Reply

I have cabin envy.

Iryssa - November 9, 2012 Reply

Must. Build. Now to find the perfect location…

Liesl - November 9, 2012 Reply

Love it! I am glad to know I am not the only one who saves the Folgers cannisters when they are done. Or is that all coffee? Love it – gives me inspiration for sure!

alice h - November 9, 2012 Reply

I’ve had mice make holes in those Folgers cannisters. Don’t know how the heck they did it, but they did.

Simply Cozy Nest - November 10, 2012 Reply

So nice! Great job!

jipsi - November 10, 2012 Reply

Okay… you built the above for $6,000? Not $60,000, but $6,000? How soon can you get started on MINE? 😉

Wonderful floorplan: sweet li’l bedroom, cozy (but roomy-looking!) bath, and I love that you’ve put the kitchen area near the front end and a window, instead of burying it in the ‘middle’ of the structure like some commonly do)… beautiful construction, and, even ‘unfinished’/exposed, the ceilings/walls/etc. look BEAUTIFUL!
Great job… you have built your dream home with your own hands and it looks like it will bring you many years of joy to come… 🙂

    dewhit - November 10, 2012 Reply

    I believe that was just the base cabin kit price and not additional materials. ??

    I would be interested in a total build out and property prep breakdown minus the land.

    I would also be interested in the couples living arrangements while the cabin was being built.

    Even without that info, Cogratulations on a very nice homestead. Well Done.

Kurt - November 10, 2012 Reply

Were the logs for the house? Did you mill your own lumber?

Don - November 10, 2012 Reply

What type of permits were required, if any.

SmallHouseBliss - November 10, 2012 Reply

Nice little cabin! How long did it take to assemble the shell? Great job!

Carolyn B - November 11, 2012 Reply

Loved seeing the interior views.

Dovie - November 11, 2012 Reply

That…is a lot of coffee. O.O

Jeff - November 12, 2012 Reply

Really super build. $6,000 for the kit is a bargain. Way better value for money than the sheds on the trailer frame.

JackAss - November 16, 2012 Reply

Plant some trees please! I could not live on a bland baron plain like that. The main reason I despise new building developments is the lack of trees and green things, I’d rather have an old neighborhood.

pasha - November 19, 2012 Reply

Super cute-just a thought: maybe a bit of old fashioned white wash would bring in more much as I love wood, I lived in an old log cabin my ex and I dug out and restored and all that wood— we were in the middle of a forest, so loots of trees. As a result, I have moved to a place where I think paint is one the greatest inventions ever..and yeah, what Jackass said..get planting. Bets way is to wait out the season and get all your stuff half-off or more- fall is the best time to plant tress shrubs anyway, so why not double up on your plantings? every spring is a beautiful surprise for me.

alice h - November 19, 2012 Reply

Another good reason to plant trees is for a windbreak. Makes a huge difference. You always see those old prairie homesteads surrounded by trees and bushes and it’s not just because it’s prettier.

Paul - November 27, 2012 Reply

Is the guy writing the piece, the same guy who owns schutt log homes? There website has some very nice homes, at very competitive prices.

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