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GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL

At one time or another, everyone dreams of having a place to get away from it all, a weekend retreat far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Now that dream can become a reality for almost anyone, even on a budget. All it takes is some land, some time, some 'sweat equity'and a plan.

This affordable do-it-yourself A-frame cabin features more than 1,100 square feet of living space, not including the extensive decks and porches. On the first floor is a kitchen, bathroom, large living room and small bedroom. A second-floor loft contains a roomy, dormitory-style bedroom.

The cabin rests on concrete piers to allow for ease of construction and variability of terrain, and measures 36 feet long by 22 feet wide at the foundation.

The Cochise Cabin plan, No. 620, is $8.95. The plan covers every aspect of construction, from laying the foundation to finishing the interior. It includes detailed floor plans, cross-sections and elevations, framing plans and a complete materials list with plenty of note space for obtaining price quotations. Do-it-yourselfers should review local building codes before construction begins.

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