Need some advice
OK, better make that a lot of advice. We really need to tap into the collective knowledge and experience out there.
A few of us are hoping to build a log shelter for ambitious X-country skiers. We’ll have volunteer help but…well, you know. This has to be something that two or three people can do the bulk of with some help here & there. Not large, not fancy, just quick, easy & substantial enough that 1-4 people could ski in, spend the night in relative comfort, and ski out the next day. Logs won’t be too much of a problem, we’ll have more than enough 8” to 16” spruce & pine logs. Time, skill & labour, well… there may be a shortage, & the budget is pretty much pocket change. Something in the range of 12’ X 14’ to 14' X 16', a small airtight wood stove for heat & with a flat top on which to cook, no plumbing or wiring & an outhouse close by.
6’of snow annually is average, 12’ is possible so 3’ at any given moment would probably be the most we’d have to allow for, & wind not typically severe. The greatest potential hazard will come from the fact that it could be accessed by ATV or dirt bike & get torched for the sheer joy of wanton destruction, though we can control access within limits & the site is well off the beaten path.
I’ve looked at (read about) the B&P method & while I wouldn’t build a house that way it may be ideal for this project. It’s possible we could access some railway ties for the sill, just laid directly on the ground & a dirt floor would probably be adequate. Allowing for a floor in the second season would make a lot of sense, but initially it’s probably a luxury beyond our means. One big concern is the roof. Design, materials, complexity…
How would you guys do this?