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Bala Bunkie

Our 10' x 10' Bala Bunkie is one of our most popular cabin styles. Tons of space and generally no permit required. Hassle free!

This cabin Bunkie design boasts 230 sq. ft. of useable space with only 100 sq. ft. footprint. In most jurisdictions, it will not require a permit. The Bala Bunkie comes standard with an increased 10/12 roof pitch and front and back dormers. Choose from a variety of other popular options including a pine loft floor with drop-down ladder. The Bala bunkie is the ultimate small cabin option if space and simplicity are what you're after.

Bala Bunkie Style Guide
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The Bala Bunkie is a handsome cottage bunkie that offers a bright and spacious addition to any setting. What makes this cabin unique, is the extension of the gable roof, which can provide an inviting shelter if you decide to install a front porch. The high walls and gable roof provide an airy interior while the roof overhang creates a functional loft space up top. The versatility of our Bala Bunkie makes it our most popular cabin design.

Find all the details you need to know about our Bala Bunkie cottage bunkie in these style tabs.

Bala Bunkie Cabin DIY Kit


- Spacious overhang and a steeper roof adds plenty of loft space.
- Standard eight-foot walls; plenty of storage and headroom.
- Solidly built with Spruce SPF 2 x 4 framing materials (2 x 6 over 108 sq. ft.) and beautiful Western red cedar channel siding and trim.
- Optional maintenance free Canexel siding in a variety of vibrant colours.

Popular options:
  • Extra overhang and wall height
  • Vinyl windows and doors
  • Variety of Dormer styles
  • Tongue & Groove pine flooring
  • Steeper roof pitch
  • Finished Pine floors
  • Enhanced Siding Package (ESU) for protection against moisture & the elements
  • Single and double cedar French doors
  • Two roof dormers to maximize loft space, one on both the front and back

Floor plans

Below are a few sample floorplans that shows the popular options associated with Bala Bunkie cabins.
For more ideas and photos please visit Interiors under inspiration.

  • Bala Bunkie Cabin Floor Plan 1
  • Bala Bunkie Cabin Floor Plan 2
Popular cabin floor configurations

Try this Floor Planner Tool to design your own Canmore space and share as you like
You may also download graph paper and print out a few sheets to help designing your own space!

Available Bala Bunkie Cottage Bunkie sizes

The Bala Bunkie cabin is offered in sizes ranging from 80 sq.ft. to 216 sq.ft.

If you cannot find your size please contact us.


Level of Difficulty:

The Bala Bunkie cabin building includes easy-to-follow instructions, diagrams, and assembly videos that will help you through the process. Below is a series of photos showing one of our Bala Bunkie buildings being assembled.

  • Foundation for  Bala Bunkie Cabin

    Foundation for a Bala Bunkie cabin

  • Bala Bunkie Cabin Wall frame assembly

    Wall frame assembly

  • Bala Bunkie Cabin Roof frame assembly

    Roof frame assembly

  • Bala Bunkie Cabin Drop down ladder

    Drop down ladder to access loft

  • Bala Bunkie Cabin dormer assembly

    Dormer assembly

  • Completed Bala Bunkie Cabin

    Completed Bala Bunkie cottage (click image for more details)

Hiring a contractor

Our Bala Bunkie style buildings are relatively straightforward to assemble, however, if you feel that you may want some assistance check out our hire a contractor page.

Hiring a Contactor Bala Bunkie Cabin
Contractor working on a roof
  • 3D Video Tour of a Bala Bunkie small Cabin

    The Bala Bunkie is perfectly at home nestled in the woods! With its upper loft area and generous doors and windows for plenty of light, it's an ideal guest cabin.

    Visit our 3D Tours page to see all the Summerwood Styles.

  • Bala Bunkie Cabin Video Tour

details & specs

Bala Bunkie Cottage Bunkie Dimensions

Bala Bunkie Cabin Dimensions
4' 8' - 4 1/8" 5' - 5/8" 6' - 4 1/2" 1' - 6"
6' 8' - 11 1/2" 5' - 5/8" 6' - 4 1/2" 2' - 1 3/8"
8' 10' - 2 3/8" 7' - 5/8" 6' - 10 1/2" 2' - 8 1/4"
10' 10' - 9 3/8" 7' - 5/8" 6' - 10 1/2" 3' - 3 1/4"
12' 11' - 4 1/4" 7' - 5/8" 6' - 10 1/2" 3' - 10 1/8"
14' 11' - 11 1/4" 7' - 5/8" 6' - 10 1/2" 4' - 5 1/8"
16' 12' - 8 1/4" 8' - 3/8" 6' - 10 1/2" 5' - 1/8"
18' 13' - 3 1/2" 8' - 3/8" 6' - 10 1/2" 5' - 7 3/8"
20' 13' - 10 3/8" 8' - 3/8" 6' - 10 1/2" 6' - 2 1/4"
22' 14' - 5 3/8" 8' - 3/8" 6' - 10 1/2" 6' - 9 1/4"
24' 15' - 3/8" 8' - 3/8" 6' - 10 1/2" 7' - 4 1/4"
26' 15' - 7 1/4" 8' - 3/8" 6' - 10 1/2" 7' - 11 1/4"
28' 16' - 2 1/4" 8' - 3/8" 6' - 10 1/2" 8' - 6 1/8"

Our measurements (i.e. 12ft. x 20ft.) are taken from the outside of the wall framing, therefore, they don't include the siding, and/or sheathing.

For true interior measurements, subtract the thickness of the wall framing; 3 ½” for 2x4 walls, and 5 ½” for 2x6 walls. Note: 2 x 4 is actually 1 ½” x 3 ½” and 2 x 6 is actually 1 ½” x 5 ½” due to the properties of "finished” lumber.

Wall Plan

Bala Bunkie Cabin Wall Plan
Bala Bunkie wall plan detail

Our cabin walls are assembled with 2x4 spruce wall studs (2x6 over 100 sq. ft.) for added strength and durability.

For true exterior dimensions, add the siding, sheathing (if applicable), and corner trim pieces. The Canexel siding is 3/8" thick, the cedar siding is 3/4" thick and the log siding is 1 1/2" thick. The wall sheathing varies from 7/16” to 3/4”. The corner trim is 3/4".

If you have any other questions pertaining to the size of your Bala Bunkie cabin building, please do not hesitate to ask us, we are here to help.

Roof Framing Plan

Bala Bunkie cabins are built with gable roofs, featuring a continuous ridge with two sides sloping from the center toward the walls. This roof design makes it ideal for those looking for extra headroom to add a loft studio for extra storage or living space.

Gable roofs are much easier to frame, sheath, and finish, giving the vertical wall component of a gable roof its style, known as “gable ends”.

Ventilation is easy to install. Due to its geometry and access to gable ends, roof vents can be placed on the gable ends rather than the roof itself. Consult with your contractor or roofing company, for the most effective ventilation system for your roof.

Bala Bunkie Cabin Roof Framing Plan
Roof framing drawing of a Bala Bunkie building

Overhang Detail

Soffits are the cedar trim pieces that are attached to the underside of the rafter ends. Fascia is typically the cedar 1x4 that’s used to cover the rafter tips and provide a nice straight level line for the bottom of your roof.

Bala Bunkie Cabin Overhang Detail
Bala Bunkie roof overhang detail


Although the Bala Bunkie cabin is well suited for a cottage patio stone or traditional patio stone foundation, depending on terrain, gradient or application, you may require more advanced foundation options. For example, Sonotube footings are ideal for situations where you’re faced with steep grades or rocky terrain, whereas concrete pad is ideal for flatter surfaces and larger cabins.

Visit our Foundations page for more details.

Bala Bunkie Cabin foundation
Bala Bunkie foundation


All Summerwood prefabricated cabins are engineered to last a lifetime. We buy the very best materials on the market, chosen for their aesthetic appeal, durability, and environmental acceptance. Our cabins are designed with style and longevity in mind. The materials they are comprised of contribute greatly to these ideals.

item material dimension notes
runners pressure treated 2x6 underside of floor framing
joists pressure treated 2 x 6 - 2 x 8 16" on center
joists (porch) pressure treated 2x4 - 2x6 16" on center
sheathing spruce 48" x 96" x 5/8" tongue & groove
floor boards cedar 2x6 N/A
material upgrades
floor insulation expanded polystyrene 3 1/2" & 5 1/2" within floor cavities
pine flooring white pine 1 x 6 tongue & groove
item material dimension notes
wall plates spruce 2 x 4 - 2 x 6 bottom, top, double top
wall studs spruce 2 x 4 - 2 x 6 16" on center
siding cedar channel 1x8 standard horizontal siding
material upgrades
clear t&g cedar siding canexel 1 x 8 studs & plates
interior cedar siding cedar 2 x 4 - 2 x 6 studs & plates
esu1b 1/2" ply + typar n/a wall sheathing & building wrap
wall insulation expanded polystyrene 3 1/2" & 5 1/2" within wall cavities
item material dimension notes
ceiling joists spruce 2 x 4 - 2 x 10 ceiling framing
rafters spruce 2 x 4 - 2 x 10 24" on center maximum
ridge board spruce 2 x 6 - 2 x 10 n/a
sheathing osb 48" x 96" x 7/16" n/a
material upgrades
cedar roof boards cedar 1 x 6 - 1 x 8 n/a
cedar rafters cedar 2 x 6 - 2 x 12 n/a
roof insulation expanded polystyrene 3 1/2" & 5 1/2" on roof surface
item material dimension notes
cedar trim cedar 1x6 - 1x8 corners, soffit, fascia
material upgrades
maintenance free trim versatex 1 x 4 - 1 x 8 corners, soffit, fascia

Popular upgrades

Enhanced Siding Package

If you are thinking of adding insulation to your building, consider adding one of our "enhanced siding packages". It's a layer of sheathing (OSB or plywood) and house wrap (Typar and optional HomeSlicker) that provides a moisture barrier to your structure. The ESP upgrade also provides additional barrier against the elements allowing the Bala Bunkie to be a four season building.

Bala Bunkie Cabin Enhanced Siding Package
Enhanced siding package upgrade

Insulation Materials

When deciding to insulate your Bala Bunkie cabin you have a few options to choose from. Summerwood uses foam boards insulation for its structures. This type of insulation can be used to insulate any part of the cabin from floor to roof. Other commonly used styles of insulation are Batts and Spray foam insulation. Batts are easy to handle fiberglass sections while Spray foam is slightly more advanced and ideal for sealing around awkward spaces and smaller cracks. With these three options you are sure to have an all year round cabin.

Loft Space

If you choose to add loft space, there are a few ways of creating the space you need. One popular option is to add Dormers. This feature gives you the ability to increase headroom without changing the height of your building. The other alternative is to get a steeper roof by increasing your roof pitch in the loft space. Instead of changing your roof design, you can also increase the wall height of your Bala Bunkie cabin, which will allow you to lower the loft floor to increase head room above.

One more thing to consider is how to access your loft and if you have enough space to place a ladder. You have the option of getting a lean-to-ladder or a drop-down ladder. With these options you need to ensure that ladders are positioned in line with the direction of the roof framing to allow for easy access to your loft.

Bala Bunkie Cabin Loft Space
Loft space in a Cabin with a Dormer

Interior Cedar Siding and Framing

The Bala Bunkie cabin style allows for a wide array of interior finishes. Our cedar siding or framing interior upgrade can be incorporated on the walls and/or ceiling, providing a warm rustic feel.

  • Bala Bunkie Cabin Siding and Framing
  • Bala Bunkie Cabin Siding and Framing
  • Bala Bunkie Cabin Siding and Framing

Extra Overhang

Our Bala Bunkie style roof features a 6” overhang on the back where the roof meets the walls. The front of the building comes with a standard 3’ overhang. The overhang is trimmed out with a soffit and fascia board. Extra overhang is offered in increments of 6” [i.e. +6 (12”), +12 (18”)].

Bala Bunkie Cabin Extra Overhang
Bala Bunkie Cabin Extra Overhang
Bala Bunkie extra overhang drawing & building


Once your Bala Bunkie cottage bunkie is completed, there are a few things you can do on the inside to add to the comfort and enjoyment of your new Summerwood building.

Please see Interior Finishing under Advice for more information


If you plan to heat your Bala Bunkie cabin, insulation may be added either at purchase or after-the-fact if you decide to do it later. The walls and roof are constructed in such a way that adding insulation either as an option or on your own is quite simple to do. If you’re thinking of using your cabin all year round, then insulating it is the way to go.

Bala Bunkie Cabin Insulation
Insulation for a Bala Bunkie cabin


The inside of our cabin styles are left exposed to easily accommodate wiring for lighting, outlets, heating equipment, whatever you have in mind. Once the installation is complete and before finishing your interior, simply have an electrician come and do his thing.

Bala Bunkie Cabin Electrical
Electrical configuration option


Provided you have a water source nearby, your Bala Bunkie cabin pipes can be run for sinks and taps. If you have something a little more elaborate in mind like a shower or toilet, best to make sure it is coordinated with the concrete pad and installation of the cabin.

Bala Bunkie Cabin Plumbing
Bala Bunkie cabin bathroom configuration


Visit "options and accessories" for detail and pricing of our accessories.

Find below pricing for all of the Bala Bunkie sizes that we have built so far. Don't see your size? Ask us and we will provide you with a quote.

Note that pricing below is for the base kit only. Doors, windows, and other options are à la cart so that you can customize to your hearts content.

SM Bala Bunkie
Cabins (<70 sq.ft.)

All prices in $USD
Small Bala Bunkie
Cabins, price list
kit size pre-cut pre-assembled

Bala Bunkie
Cabins ( 100 sq.ft.)

All prices in $USD
Medium Bala Bunkie
Cabins, price list
kit size pre-cut pre-assembled
8ft.x10ft. $12,995 $9,096 $15,095 $10,566
9ft.x10ft. $14,795 $10,356 $16,895 $11,826
8ft.x12ft. $15,795 $11,056 $18,195 $12,736
9ft.x11ft. $16,895 $11,826 $19,195 $13,436
10ft.x10ft. $17,195 $12,036 $20,395 $14,276

LG Bala Bunkie
Cabins (100 - 130 sq.ft)

All prices in $USD
Large Bala Bunkie
Cabins, price list
kit size pre-cut pre-assembled
9ft.x12ft. $18,595 $13,016 $21,795 $15,256
7ft.x16ft. $19,295 $13,506 $22,595 $15,816
12ft.x10ft. $20,595 $14,416 $24,195 $16,936
10ft.x12ft. $20,595 $14,416 $24,095 $16,866
10ft.x13ft. $22,995 $16,096 $26,495 $18,546

XLG Bala Bunkie
Cabins ( >130 sq.ft.)

All prices in $USD
Medium Bala Bunkie
Cabins, price list
kit size pre-cut pre-assembled
10ft.x14ft. $23,895 $16,726 $27,695 $19,386
12ft.x12ft. $24,695 $17,286 $28,795 $20,156
10ft.x15ft. $25,395 $17,776 $29,595 $20,716
10ft.x16ft. $26,995 $18,896 $31,495 $22,046
12ft.x14ft. $28,595 $20,016 $32,995 $23,096
10ft.x18ft. $30,195 $21,136 $35,295 $24,706
16ft.x12ft. $32,395 $22,676 $37,495 $26,246
12ft.x16ft. $32,395 $22,676 $37,495 $26,246
14ft.x14ft. $32,895 $23,026 $38,595 $27,016
15ft.x16ft. $40,095 $28,066 $45,195 $31,636
10ft.x24ft. $40,095 $28,066 $45,195 $31,636
14ft.x18ft. $41,895 $29,326 $48,995 $34,296
16ft.x16ft. $42,695 $29,886 $49,795 $34,856
20ft.x20ft. $66,495 $46,546 $77,495 $54,246

Custom Designs

Summerwood will take your custom design and make it your own. If you have something different in mind, talk to one of our designers about bringing it to life.

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