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

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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

Clearing and Accessing the Build Site

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

Waiting for the Snow to Melt and Suburban Life

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