Outdoor Cabana Backyard Retreat

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Amazing DIY outdoor cabana - free plans from ANA-WHITE.com

Whoa!!!  My friend Jaime from That's My Letter emailed me a while back about collaborating on a project to transform her backyard into a resort retreat.  

Are you ready for it ?!?!?

Who wouldn't want this perfect little retreat?  What a perfect spot to read a book take a nap.  

I collaborated with Jaime from That's My Letter to get you these plans (free plans below, if this is the homepage, click on READ MORE), but do check out Jaime's build post here.






Enjoy, and have a great day!




Dimensions shown above, fits standard queen mattress


Shopping List

6 - 4x4 @ 8 feet long
12 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
16 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x8 @ 8 feet long

3" exterior decking screws

2-1/2" exterior pocket hole screws

Simpson strong tie post connectors (see That's My Letter's post for more details)

concrete pier blocks or similar for leveling project on in it's permanent location

Common Materials
Cut List

2 - 4x4 @ 93" 

2 - 2x4 @ 77-1/2"

3 - 2x4 @ 70-1/2"

4 - 4x4 @ 37-1/2" - One end cut at 45 degrees off square, longest point measurement

4 - 4x4 @ 58-1/4" - One end cut at 45 degrees off square, longest point measurement

13 - 2x6 @ 96" - decking boards

3 - 2x6 @ 70-1/2"

7 - 2x4 @ 89"

2 - 2x8 @ 89"


Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

NOTE: The plans differ slightly from Jaime's build to have the floor built first, with upper framing built on top.  See Jaime's post here on how she kept her legs longer, building the floor into the legs.


Build the floor, using pocket holes for the inner floor joists and 3" screws for the outer front 2x4s.  Adjust for square.  Place the floor in it's final position now, level if necessary or place on pier blocks and bolt down.  

Step 2

Notch all of the leg tops as shown above.  See That's My Letter's build post for photos and details on how she notched her 4x4s.

Attach legs on top of 4x4 with Simpson Strong Tie post upright connector or 5" lag screws from underneath or pocket holes on the two inside sides.

Step 3

Notch the main gable roof 4x4 pieces as shown.  Then set together, lapping joints at peak and legs.  Use 3" screws on insides and outsides to join.

Step 4

Add decking with 1/2" spacing in between decking boards.  Screw down with 3" screws.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach the rafters to the 4x4 ends with pocket holes.



Mon, 10/03/2016 - 13:00

This is very similar to what I'm trying to build, but I have different dimensions, and want to keep the floor to a 60" by 80" footprint (IE, queen-sized bed only). You used to attach the .skp files to these; do you have them to share?


Wed, 02/22/2017 - 16:45

How is the mattress made? Is it a regular mattress that gets wet or an air mattress?


Tue, 05/14/2019 - 09:40

I'm planning on building this as a playhouse for my daughter and while reviewing the plans I noticed that the photos look like the decking boards are 1x6s rather than the 2x6s that are listed in the shopping list.  Could you please confirm, so i don't purchase the incorrect size planks?

Many Thanks