This summer, on our free weekends, we've been working on a boat-in only project in remote Alaska. It's a tiny house sized cabin, on a lake about two hours from our home.
At just under 400 square feet on the main level, this project is quite a challenge - especially if multiple families are using the cabin at the same time. That means 10-12 people need to be able to sit on the main level, eat comfortably, and there has to be enough beds for everyone.
Our show premieres on DIY Network today at 10PM EST! Oh man oh man, we can hardly wait!!!
To celebrate, we are sharing some of our favorite behind the scenes moments from Building Off the Grid Alaska Range.
We've always dreamed of having a cabin on a lake in the Alaska Range, but property is scarce and doesn't go on the market everyday.
When I was 39 weeks pregnant with my son, a lot popped up for sale. Being full term, it was a big risk venture out
How was your weekend?
We headed down to our cabin for the weekend. We are so thankful to have a place to get away for the weekend.
Our cabin build will air this December on DIY Network. When I get a confirmed time and date, I will share with you!
It's been a little while since I've posted about our cabin build because we haven't been able to make it down there to grab a few photos I needed to complete these posts. &n
There's only one surface left in our cabin that we haven't installed the finished material on yet!
The downstairs floors.
I've had my heart set on hickory flooring, either laminate or hardwood depending on budget, from the beginning. Have you not seen Melissa from The Inspired Room's floors?
Wouldn't this mix of wood tones be the perfect flooring for our Alaska lake cabin? I showed our crew Melissa's floors, and they even loved it and were excited a
Hi everyone, happy weekend!!! Are you planning on working on a project this weekend? We'd like to get down to our cabin and take care of a few things before snow falls. We ususally have snow sticking by mid October, and the mountains are already covered in snow. Our summers are so short up here in Alaska.
I've really been enjoying getting to go back through all my photos from our cabin build and share the build process with you. In my last post, I shared wi
While I've been making a mess in the interior of our Alaska lake cabin, good things are happening on the exterior.
It's time to put in windows and doors!
By the time we started hauling in windows and doors, the snow had melted, so we could not haul in via snow machine over the lake ice. Snow machine is preferred because the snow trails are smoother and the snow machine sled trailer is longer and can haul
So I commited the great sin of painting all the walls white.
Well, off white ... and in the natural light, it really looks more like the intentionally blah color of primer, shouting, repaint me!!!
Or in this case, either start the biggest sanding job of your life or learn how to do a faux wood painting technique.
But I gotta keep my poker face on and pretend I love it and be strong. As soon as I show any doubt in my decisions, the crew will
You know how you get a concept in your head, an image of just how everything is supposed to look, and you hold on to that image ... but as your project progresses, you start to doubt your design concept?
I've had in my head from the beginning that I wanted light painted walls in our Alaska lake cabin. The main reasons for this design decision was to keep the interior of the cabin bright and cheerful (since this is Alaska and winter days are dark and dreary), an
Hi everyone, Happy Monday!!!
We got a chance to sneak down to our cabin this weekend and pick some blueberries, and grab a few images for our DIY Network show that will air sometime this fall (will let you know as soon as we know on an air date!).
I still can't believe we built that cabin in just a couple of months! Of course, everything was so rushed and under a tighter schedule because of the filming, but still! So it's fun to get to go back
What is the scariest part of working on a project???
If you are new to building, you'll probably say cutting.
But if you've got a project or two under your <tool> belt, my guess is you'll say painting or staining.
Painting or staining isn't necessarily difficult or expensive. The reason it is so scary is painting or staining can have the biggest impact on your project. It can take something drab and make it amazing, or take something amazing and make y
Hi everyone and Happy Monday!
Sorry about getting my latest post out to you so late this weekend (I aim for Friday) - our new smokehouse!
It's just a wood shed or outdoor closet - with a stove pipe plumbed into the back! We've been enjoying authentic smoked salmon strips, and plan on packing school lunches with them. Make sure you check out the smokehouse plans here - even if you don't need to process salmon, it would make a perfect outdoor shed or storage
Summer is winding down for us here in Alaska. We spent the weekend fishing for silver Salmon off the coast of Alaska, and broke up our trip home by staying the night in our cabin that we built earlier this year with DIY Network (will be airing later this year, will let you know when we know!).
Each time we come to our cabin, we fall in love all over again with it. It was a ton of work. There were long hours, long days, long weeks of hard manual labor, building remote a
Hello, Jacob here today, with a cabin post update.
I have to admit that when we started thinking about building our cabin using a timberframe roof system, I was hesitant. Up here in Alaska, where we have extreme cold winters, one side of your roof (especially with heat trapped at the peak) could be 100 degrees, and on the other side, it could be -60 below. If not done right, this could become a condensation nightmare.
When it comes to building, I like to go the tried a
Hi everyone! Hope you had a great weekend!
We've been busy with projects, and will be sharing those with you shortly - can't wait, there's some good ones coming soon!
In the meantime, we'd like to get all of the cabin posts out before the show airs this fall. We don't have an air date yet, as soon as we do I will let you know.
In our last cabin post, we finished up the timberframe raising.
Today, I'll show you how we did two things - enclosed the ups
We've been done building our cabin for a month now, and are finally back to full rested. That was quite an experience, and a whirlwind of long hours and back breaking work.
Why, then, could I be itching for another project after seeing all these photos???
Hey, we are all a little bit crazy, right?
In this post, I will show you how we put up the main rafters for the cabin, and finished up all the timber work. This was my absolute favorite part (besides the fu
Hello, Jacob here today.
Ana's still traveling, making the most of her trip to Atlanta by taking a few days to film video for Ryobi.
The kids have been doing suprisingly well, especially the baby. But we will all be happy to see mom in a couple of days. Maybe we will take a few days off and head down to the cabin.
One of my favorite parts of our cabin is the front porch with it's gabled roof.
Not only does it give the cabin a grand enterance, it