Introduction: From Dream to Reality

In October 2016, we decided to actualize our long-time dream of building our home in the mountains of Alaska. It started with purchasing 2 acres of deep green forest on Alaska's Kenai peninsula -a land of rugged and glaciated mountains, misty fjords, and amazing wildlife. We had always wanted to live close to nature in … Continue reading Introduction: From Dream to Reality

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One Step at a Time

After spending the past six months building our house and homestead, the one word of advice that I would give to others doing the same thing is patience. Patience with the weather, patience with the task at hand, and patience with yourself. It's far too easy to get wrapped up in high expectations and lofty … Continue reading One Step at a Time

Our Forest Indoors and Out

From the beginning of our build, Sarah and I have wanted to use the amazing and abundant wood resource on our land to meld our little cabin home into the forest around us. What better way to resurrect those 14 trees we had to clear for our cabin site than to use them to enliven … Continue reading Our Forest Indoors and Out

Goodbye Fall

We're halfway through October and here at over 60 degrees North latitude,  Fall has breathed it's last breath for the year. The termination dust (first snows on the mountain tops) is making it's way down the mountains and it won't be long (tomorrow!) before it coats the valley floors too. The bright colors of fall- … Continue reading Goodbye Fall

How to Make your Walls Look Like a Million Bucks on the Cheap

When it came time to finish the inside walls, we had some decisions to make. Drywall, though a popular option, requires a ton of work and some specialty equipment and tools to install and is messy! The most common alternative to drywall is tongue and groove pine planks, which are often seen in cabins and … Continue reading How to Make your Walls Look Like a Million Bucks on the Cheap

Let there be heat!

We are beyond excited to say that we now have heat in the tiny cabin! As of last week, the wood stove and chimney were successfully installed, allowing us to heat up and dry out both the cabin and ourselves. We were fortunate to find our wood burning stove on Craigslist for a great price … Continue reading Let there be heat!

Flooring, fiberglass, and frugality

It's no secret that Mark and I are extremely frugal, a trait that has allowed us to grow our savings enough to take time off from working to build our home. So now that it's time to start working on the interior, we are trying to strike a balance between making things look nice, yet … Continue reading Flooring, fiberglass, and frugality

Homeowners

SO much has happened since our last blog post nearly three weeks ago. We were fortunate to host Mark's parents for the past two weeks, and they were kind enough to spend most of their trip helping out with the house. Due to all of our combined efforts, we were able to complete the framing, … Continue reading Homeowners

Decked Out

The week started off on a high note, as we had our wonderful friends Rhett and Whitney visiting from out of town. Mark and I took a few days off from building to do a little hiking and a lot of catching up with them, and in the process realized that these were the first … Continue reading Decked Out