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This manual presents step-by-step instructions on how to build a Conestoga Hut: a simple, inexpensive shelter for temporary emergency housing. With photos and illustrations, it guides you through the tools and materials you’ll need, how to build the five components of a Hut in a shop ahead of time, and how to assemble the components at the build site. The manual also shows how community volunteers can be engaged in the building process, one of the most rewarding aspects of the Conestoga Hut experience.

Price: $39.95 + shipping

The Conestoga Hut uses minimal materials, is simple-to-build, and provides durable shelter well suited to the Pacific Northwest climate. The Conestoga Hut emphasizes keeping people dry and secure.

 Key Features:

  1. A combination of reused, salvaged, donated, and new materials to help keep cost low.
  2. Structure can be altered to the needs of a variety of people (for example, can be made wheel chair accessible).
  3. Has a single lockable door with key.
  4. Window in rear panel brings in light and offers emergency exit if needed.
  5. Two layers of insulation provides for heat retention.
  6. The overall footprint of the Hut is 6′ X 14′. The interior of the Hut is 6′ by 10′ (60 sq. ft.).
  7. Off the ground to ensure a dry experience during rainfall.
  8. Designed to be deconstructed, refurbished, and relocated.
  9. Gives everyone interested in creating shelters for people something ‘to-do’ no matter what their skill level is. This concept is called “Community Supported Shelters.” For instance, a school woodshop class could take it on as a class project.
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