30×24 Heavy Timber Cabin with Loft

Do you need a cabin with room to spare? This 30×24 heavy timber cabin with a loft might be just the ticket! A beautiful and functional queen post truss frame with an attached shed roof creates a frame with lots of interest- and space! There are plenty of options to add high and low windows for some great natural lighting. The main level boasts about 667 square feet. The plans are drawn with a loft in half the queen post area, giving you an additional 190 square feet. But if you choose, you can floor in the entire vaulted area for approximately 1050 square feet! This could be a charming cabin in the woods or a combination shop/tiny house.

The actual footprint of these plans is 28′-11 3/4″ x  22′- 11 3/4″. The 47-sheet instant-download pdf plans include renderings, plan, elevation and sectional drawings,  and timber and fastener lists. We also provide detailed drawings showing each cut on every timber, so no guesswork is involved. The plans are formatted to 8 1/2″ x 11″, for easy printing from home or your neighborhood copy shop.

Check out this plan in our shop: 30×24 Timber Frame Cabin Plan.

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47 thoughts on “30×24 Heavy Timber Cabin with Loft”

  1. No, it is not specifically there to cover any loads, just my preferred way to handle the joinery where two posts meet. In the drawings, each timber is housed a little into the posts. With that housing and given the width of the post, the tenons are very short. Hence the spine joint.

  2. Dylan, the height to the top of the ridge is 21″-0 7/8″. The pitch is 10:12. You’d have to lower it quite a bit to come down to 18′. You might be better off to shorten the posts.

  3. Yes, the bays can be lengthened depending on your location and roof loads but you can also add a third bay. Are you wanting us to do that on a custom basis?

  4. Can you provide a timber order list (quantity, dimension, and length) for this plan so I can start gathering material. I will be milling the timbers with a portable band saw mill and it would be helpful to know what size beams and posts to mill for this plan?

  5. Thank you so much for the response. The materials list you have provided will allow me to focus on the the bigger timber pieces such as the 16-foot posts, the 18-foot tie beams, and the 14-foot plates/ridge and shed roof head.

    Gregory Bennett

  6. Hello, I really like this plan except for no overhang. if I extend the top plates out two feet, would that work? thanks, Paul

  7. Nicole M Pelletier

    I don’t believe this would be an issue but I’m asking just in case – Would the structure be compromised at all if we modified the frame to have a 12 pitch roof? Thank you.

  8. Nicole M Pelletier

    We will be happy to post pictures when we’re done next year! (Again, likely doing a 12-pitch.)

  9. Hi, just wanted to check before I purchase these plans – I am planning to put a green roof on top. Will this frame be able to support the additional weight?

  10. The actual footprint of these plans is 28′-11 3/4″ x 22′- 11 3/4″. The 22′- 11 3/4″ is along the ridge.

  11. Stephen Giddings

    I have a couple of questions on this timber frame.
    1. Can this plan be built without the ridge beam?
    2. Can the 8 by 12 tie beams be replaced with 8 by 8’s ?

  12. Katrina Williams

    Stephanie, changes like those would need to be studied by an engineer. We do offer engineering services here

  13. Hi Nicole,

    I’d love to see any progress pictures you’ve made. Hoping to use these plans to build a little cottage.

  14. How does the Timber list compare to the 24×30 non-heavy timber cabin build? Also how does the height of the loft floor to the beam above as you enter the loft compare between the two builds? Thanks!

  15. Katrina Williams

    The 30×24 Timber Frame Cabin (25634) uses 4597.3 board feet. It measures 7′-8 1/4″ from the top of the floor joists to the bottom of the tie beam (at the edge of the loft).The 24×30 Timber Frame Cabin (40899) uses 5984 board feet and it measures 8′-9″ from the top of the tie beam (joists go on top of that) to the top of the bent girt.

  16. Hello.. so that main gabled structure is 18’x24’ with a 10’ x 24’ shed? And 21’ tall (at peak) with a 8:12 pitch? And does the shed roof go to 11’ at its highest point?

  17. Katrina Williams

    The main gabled structure is actually 16′-11 3/4″ x 22′-11 2/3″. The shed is 12’x 22′-11 2/4″. The shed roof area is 11 feet tall. The main gable pitch is 10:12.

  18. sorry it was supposed to say if i purchased these plans would i be allowed to add another bay making it a 30 x 36

  19. Katrina Williams

    At this point we do not. Our goal is to develop suggested layouts for many of our plans.

  20. I am interested in a custom frame of larger dimensions with two or three sheds. Are there people who can erected these frames that you can recommend. ??

  21. Steven Carpenter

    Would it be possible to replace the queen posts on the middle bent with a single king post? I am working on a floor plan for this frame that would be really nice with only one central post.

  22. I’m sure I’m missing something but I can only find 12 knee braces on the drawings but the material list and page 42 of the plans show 14. Is 14 knee braces correct?

  23. Katrina Williams

    Plans do show 12. The timber List is wrong. We included 2 more braces for the optional side porch.

  24. Steven Carpenter

    Hi Timber Frame HQ team,

    I’m thinking about using this frame for a cabin in the Catskill Mountains of NY, where it would have to deal with a snow load of 50 psf. Is it possible to find out what species and assumed snow load was used to design this frame? Am I going to be okay with 50 psf using Eastern White Pine? If not, would it be sufficient to upgrade the tie beams to oak? Or is 50 psf too much for this design?


  25. Katrina Williams

    Roof loads depend on factors like seismic areas, wind load, wind exposure, timber species and more.  When in doubt we recommend that you consult an engineer.  We offer engineering services as an add-on to our stock plan; you can find out more information here.

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