The cabin-in-a-box approach to building your own A-frame is not new, but it’s difficult to pull off. Companies doing it come and go. Some cost just a few thousand bucks, some cost many tens of thousands. Building a livable structure is difficult, requires navigating laws about land and building use, hopefully you understand construction at least a bit, and do you have friends with strong hands and backs? You do own land, yes?

See—it’s complex.

The Backcountry Hut Company, up in British Columbia, was founded in 2015, to make, well, DIY huts. They produce a few styles of differing complexity (pictures of all models are below) and have recently introduced the System 00 A-frame. Their most minimal cabin yet. It’s 10′ x 10′ and a simple structure of a ground floor and a sleeping loft. Or just a single floor yoga studio. The idea is four or five “capable” people can put it together in a manner of days. Capable is, of course, relative.


The price for the System 00 A-frame is $29,500 CAD, or roughly $21,000 USD. The cost of beer you’ll have to provide for your “capable” friends is up to you.

The 00, wintering.

Interior of 00.

The System 01. Larger, modular, still DIY, if you know what you’re doing.

Still larger, the System 02 was the brand’s first hut. This one requires a contractor, but still plenty customizable.

Photos: The Backcountry Hut Company

Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

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