What is included with the kit?
Our DIY kits include a build manual, base plates (strips of metal that run the length of the arched wall and attach the ribs to your foundation), ribs (curved metal pieces), ridge beam (attachment point for ribs at center peak), insulation for the arched walls, metal roof paneling, color coordinated fasteners needed to attach the sheet metal as well as rubber trim (covers sharp edge of sheet metal for safety) and foam inserts that fill in the gaps by the front and back wall caused by the bumps in the sheet metal against the end cap walls.
Do you offer build services?
We do not, but anyone with basic carpentry skills can erect and frame in our kits. If you need documents to show local contractors to help obtain accurate quotes please find them here
What colors do you offer?
Color selection options can be found here
Has anyone near me ordered an Arched Cabin?
We have customers all over the US. Most are not available for public viewing. To connect with other customers, find build tips, and ask questions from people who live in and have built Arched Cabins, join our community group on Facebook
How can I find floor plans for an Arched Cabin?
We suggest searching the size of the floor plan you’re looking for in Google Search or on Pinterest. We have a few example floor plans here
, but most of our clients design their own using ideas from the internet or with an architect!
What is an inset porch?
The inset porch is created when you recess the end walls when you build your kit. This creates a porch by reducing interior space and extending the roofline out. You will need to order a kit that is the length of your desired interior and porch depth combined. For example, if you want a 30 x 40 interior with 6 ft of inset porch, you would need to order a 30 x 46. Typically, customers choose between 4-8 linear feet of inset.
Are there other options for a porch covering?
Yes, you can build an awning style porch covering. If you’d like to order metal for your awning that matches your kit roofing, let us know and we can add it to your order. We charge $3/ sq foot for metal roofing panels. The panels are 3’ wide and cut to your desired length.
What is the height of an Arched Cabin?
The following are interior dimensions from the subfloor to the bottom of the ridge beam. Add 6” for exterior dimensions.
|8′ wide model
||7′ 2” tall
|12′ wide model
||12′ 1” tall
|14′ wide model
||11’ 5” tall
|16’ wide model
||14’ 4” tall
|20’ wide model
||16’ 9” tall
|24’ wide model
||18’ 2” tall
|30’ wide model
||16’ 4” tall
What is your largest Arched Cabin?
Our largest Arched Cabin is 30 feet wide and 46 feet long, and is 1380 sq ft on the main floor. If you add a full second story, you can gain up to another ~1200 sq ft on the second floor.
Do you have distributors?
No. All of our Arched Cabins are sold through our Cypress, TX headquarters where we have manufactured all of our Arched Cabins kits for the last 15 years.
Can I install windows or doors in the arched sides of the Arched Cabin?
Windows can easily be installed in the arched walls as long as they’re less than 22 inches wide. Steel ribs run every 2 feet underneath the metal roofing panels, and to keep the Arched Cabin structurally sound we don’t recommend cutting into the ribs to place a window or skylight in. If you do want to install a larger window, door, or design a bump-out on the arched walls, the structural steel will need to be reinforced to maintain structural integrity. We recommend working with an engineering team to make sure the cabin remains structurally sound if you plan on doing this.
Do you still install/build kits on trailers?
We do not, but you can definitely put our 8 foot wide kits on your own trailer as long as your trailer has the correct weight capacity.
It gets really hot/cold where I live, will this work for my location?
Arched Cabins come with Energy Star rated metal roofs, and R33.6 value insulation for the arched walls. We offer upgraded insulation for the arched walls up to R55.6, and we recommend spray foam insulation if you need a higher R value than what we offer. The cabin design is very efficient, and they can be heated and cooled easily with window units, mini-split systems, and wood burning stoves. Your local permitting office will know what your required insulation R-Value is for your area.
Do you have technical drawings/blueprints for your clients?
We have generic (non-size specific) technical drawings available to use for permitting. These are great for counties that don’t require size or site specific drawings. If your county needs size and site specific engineered drawings, you can use any engineering firm you choose, or we can refer you to an engineering firm we work with that can provide those for you. Engineered drawings take around 6-8 weeks to complete. Wait times are subject to fluctuation.
What are the wind/snow load ratings for your cabins?
Arched Cabins meet and exceed International Building Code MINIMUM standards of 150 mph wind speeds and 30 psf (pounds per square foot) snow loads. The highest standard we have accomplished for wind was 165mph in Gulf Shores, Alabama. In Washington state we received a 110 lbs psf snow load rating. We have also achieved seismic ratings in San Bernardino County, California. Arched Cabins have now received permits in many states/counties across the United States.
What kind of foundation will I need?
You may use any foundation that will suit your needs best. Pier and beam are usually best for properties with steep grades and are the most common type used for our kits. When you get your structural engineering for permitting, they will make sure that it is built to code and will pass permitting. If you don’t need structural engineering for your build, then call us and we can help steer you in the right direction regarding pier and beam. Concrete slabs would be best designed by a qualified contractor who can do a site visit.
Can I build an Arched Cabin over a basement or on a concrete slab?
Yes and yes. We manufacture steel embeds to place in the top of the concrete before it’s set to weld the Arched Cabin base plates to when the kit arrives. We can deliver those steel embeds to you prior to your kit delivery or with your Arched Cabin kit. It is also possible to build our kits on an existing slab. Please contact us for more information on how this can be done.
Can I buy one Arched Cabin kit and replicate the design for my own use or commercial use?
No. We currently hold a patent that protects our design and will actively prosecute anyone found to have replicated our design for either personal or commercial use.
Do you sell the materials for the loft?
No, these can be purchased from any local building supply store and saves you on extra shipping costs.
How does electrical and plumbing work?
Plumbing and wiring can be run from under the subfloor on a pier and beam foundation. For a slab foundation, it would be installed underground before concrete is poured just like in typical construction. In the interior, wiring can be run through the channels in the PBR roofing panels or through the interior framing.
Is welding required for your kits?
Welding is not required for kits attached to wood foundations. However, for kits wider than 16 feet we highly recommend welding in a 3×3 steel spreader bar on each end cap. This will make the structure much stronger. Welding is required on kits placed on concrete slabs as the base plates will need to be welded to steel embeds placed in the slab when it is poured.