Pan Abode Mighty Cabana

Pan Abode of Washington state has been selling their custom cedar homes and cabin kits for nearly 60 years. They offer a wide scope of sizes and styles including cabins that range from 120 square feet to just over 700 square feet. However, Pan Abode also sells an even tinier home they call the Mighty Cabana. These buildings do not require a permit and come in at under 200 square feet.

The Mighty Cabana is pre-cut from solid wood and is connected by a patented building system for strength and ease of construction. They can be used as a small house, a small business, a vacation home, an artist studio, pool house or storage shed.

The Mighty Cabana comes in two configurations: the Cabana Series and the Gable Series. The Cabana series starts at $5,240 for a 10×12 foot structure and goes up to $7,520 for a 12×16 foot structure. The Mighty Cabana Gable Series starts at $4,790 for a 10×12 foot structure and goes up to $7,450 for a 12×16 foot structure.

Cabana Series Interior

Cabana Series Interior

Gables Series

Gable Series Interior

The price includes:

  • Treated floor joists, plywood floor and skids
  • Pre-cut 2×6 T&G SPF solid walls and timber with Glulam columns
  • A 60” porch roof (Gable) or 36” roof overhang (Cabana)
  • 2×6 T&G SPF roof decking on Glulam wood roof beam
  • 30-year black composition roof shingles
  • Vinyl sliding glass door system
  • Vinyl windows
  • Western Red Cedar exterior trim package, glue and fasteners
  • Free customer support

Delivery of the Mighty Cabana is included up to 30 miles of Tacoma WA. There is a $2.00 per mile charge beyond 30 miles. Each Cabana can be connected to an on- or off-grid electrical system.

Photos courtesy of Pan Abode

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

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David - December 19, 2011 Reply

Definitely very cool – wish there was an East Coast / New England option!

    Judy - December 28, 2011 Reply

    I was just thinking the same thing!

Becky - December 19, 2011 Reply

I believe I saw one of these at a local Costco, it looks like the exact same build type. Since I only live 1 hr from Tacoma I wouldn’t be surprised if they had a “Costco Special” display like they often have.

It looked great and very attractive but living in WA, especially this time of year, I can’t help but wonder about insulation. There is no insulation whatsoever in this building. They show a pic of a basic setup but first the inside would need be be insulated and finished.

Other than that it seemed like a great little building. Living so close to Tacoma this would be a great deal for me and if I didn’t already have my tiny home I would be very tempted by this.

    Irene - December 20, 2011 Reply

    Thought the same. Beautiful building, but the weather in New Jersey at this moment would not permit living in it.

Steven - December 19, 2011 Reply

I love the one with the shed-style roof and the amount of light it lets in. What else could/would someone need?

alice h - December 19, 2011 Reply

Has anybody figured out a good DIY version of this type of wall? I like the idea of a solid wood wall, no fooling around with insulation and vapour barriers and housewrap and inner and outer wall coverings. A 3 season type cabin would work well in the Gulf Islands, especially with wood heat. I’d be awfully tempted if there was an even smaller (10×10 or 9×12)version of the cabana, except the shipping costs would add up fairly quickly and I shudder to think of what adding a border would do.

    Bob H - December 21, 2011 Reply

    Go to thier website, you will see how the units are assembled.

      alice h - December 21, 2011 Reply

      They use a pretty fancy laminated post, not sure about making something like that strong enough to withstand the stresses without using a lot of hardware, which I’d prefer not to do. I can think up some ways to fake a similar wall, just hoping someone else has done the experimentation so I can go with a tried and true, time tested method before sinking any extremely limited resources into materials. I know I can make it work for something small like a shed but for a larger roof and a loft I’m not as confident.

    Brook - December 22, 2011 Reply

    Someone profiled on this site, built up “logs” from 3 2’x8″ nailed together and offset to create a tongue and groove. The cabin he built looked very similar and was inexpensive. The Pan Abode prices seem very good.

Bob H - December 20, 2011 Reply

WOW ! Give me a 16×20 or 20×24 cabana unit and I am in the market. Double up the sliding door, put a hot tub on the deck, instant retirement cabin. This looks fantastic, I will be contacting them for additional info.

Daniel - December 21, 2011 Reply

You can’t believe everything you read. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that “these buildings do not require a permit” as the article says. Check with your local municipal government before buying.

    San - December 24, 2011 Reply

    Maybe he meant that the building does not require aq permit in his area.

Ken Stone - December 7, 2012 Reply

They had a display at the Puyallup Fair. Solid quality building. The explanation I got was at under 200sf it is no more than a utility building. I stood in the building the wood looks great and sales rep told me all materials are precut and it is a ready to assemble package. The price does not include construction. I then looked at another display and for a similar size they wanted $5000 more.

Jeff - September 23, 2013 Reply

I just bought one of these for a recreational property .I had them make it 16 x 20 with a black metal snap lock roof and 10 x 16 loft ..the product looks great . I ll chime in with some pics when it’s completed w round p shaped deck w hot tub flush in the center of the p…i upgraded French double doors on man door side that swing out onto the deck and two extra larger tempered glass windows that hover a foot from floor and stretch out well above head level …I did not buy the package w their foundation system .i insulated the floor and the roof myself ,it was not part of their package ..the walls, I will maybe insulate as they are really just two walls that are not all windows and on the “short” eve side ….we will see after spending the winter working on it …the only problem I see or don’t like is they should simply use z metal for a drip edge around the outer rim board and get alway from the treated wood …also cedar shake four feet of the building all the way around with a cedar one x six border at the top ..this way assure nothing is getting weathered where the foudation meets the house …and I don’t like how they extend the barge boards beyond the facia ….I will run the barge and field cut it, measure the length of the cross cut and buy a bigger facia board and rip it lengthwise to match….
The folks there are very helpfull Kevin sales and pat shipping that did a great job stacking crating and strapping down the boards …if you have any questions about assembly talk to Kevin the sales person he has more of the kind of temperament and patients it takes and is needed to deal with DIY ers …do not call the pretendgineer not a people person and comes acrossed as very impatiant and may even be a in-patient .sorry Jerry but your right I not working for Boeing constructing airplanes ….it’s just a oversized shed….Not!

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