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
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
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!
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
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
Once the ground had thawed and a build site for the tiny cabin was selected, two major obstacles stood between us and starting construction: large trees and a steep hill. The 10 ft x 20 ft rectangle that we selected for our cabin's footprint was flanked by some really large (over 100 ft tall) and … Continue reading Clearing and Accessing the Build Site
It's "breakup season" in Alaska, meaning the season spanning late winter and early spring in which the snow melts, the ground begins to thaw, and the rivers start to open. As any Alaskan will tell you, breakup season is messy, requiring rubber boots and a causal indifference toward the amount of dirt and dust buildup on … Continue reading Waiting for the Snow to Melt and Suburban Life