Living in Alaska – Our Building Plans

So what does living in Alaska look like? It really depends on who you ask!

Everyone has their own stories, their own experiences, their own strengths, and their own weaknesses.

Everyone also has their own set of goals. We are no exception!

The other night, Daryl and I made our first video together to share with you guys. After all this time, we just wanted to introduce ourselves and give a short description of what our plans are.

After many bloopers (I could not stop laughing because I was nervous lol) and edits, we realized a few things we left out that we wanted to share. I guess that is the learning curve with being new to YouTube (and the fact that I’m not too fond of the camera, haha)

So, here this is, and below I will share some stuff we forgot!

So What Did We Leave Out?

A lot. We left out a lot. There are some details of this journey that I would like to share with you, and that way, as they change and get tweaked to our needs, you will be able to follow along.

There are lots of people out there that think they are just stuck where they are or with what they are doing.

Some others might not know where to start.

We have had all those feelings and are still learning and will continue to learn along the way.

So as you heard in the video, we have no plans of ever leaving Alaska. I always said, once I finally got here, that would be it for me.

If you have read how we got our land this year, you will know the backstory of that, so now I will share the details of what we plan to do.

To Stay Or Go

We were able to pick up an RV that has a blown motor really cheap. We pounced on it because of our plans.

The theme song for Holiday Road comes to mind, to be honest with you, when I think of some of the finer details of our plans, which makes me chuckle, which is ok!

The first question is whether we will stay in the rent house we are currently in or live in our RV while we build at this point?

That will all be determined by a few things at the moment.

At the time I write this, Daryl is still not back at his normal job. If this is still the case come spring, well… we will have to wait and see what that entails. Everything, as far as that is concerned, will determine that outcome.

Living in an RV from May-September does not bother me. Living in it while we build in the winter months is a whole different story. Can it be done? Yes… but there are lots of things to do to make that happen. The last thing you want to do is be caught unprepared when winter sets in, in our area.

You will know when we know ha-ha.

The Old House

It’s an old trailer that mother nature has been in the process of reclaiming for quite some time now.

It has to go. There is no saving it.

Standing outside the front door looking in.

Not everything is going to be a loss however. Which brings us to the next area…

Living in Alaska – Alaska Chicken Coop

The moment I saw this and went inside, I knew what I wanted to use it for. I rarely stake claim to things without Daryl and I forging a plan together, but I knew that with some cleanup and TLC, this would be the future home for our chickens!

Daryl was on board.

The man who used to live here did tire repair. This was the little shop he used to repair tires.

Soon it will be a coop with a covered area and a chicken runs that I can see from the front of the house once it’s built to keep an eye on the girls.

Garden

We will have a small greenhouse that is offset from the kitchen in the house that I can access from inside to grow my herbs and other things that will get the heat from the woodstove in the winter months that faces the south.

We are also going to have a big garden. Details of that are still being hatched out.

House Plans

You saw the house plans in the video.

It will just be a very well insulated A-Frame.

It will have about 900 square feet of living space downstairs and 300+ in the loft.

Our original plans were to have 800 square feet of living space, but we increased this to allow for a utility room in the house itself. This will allow us to have indoor water tanks like we currently have in the rent house because we will be hauling our own water.

Will You Have Running Water?

Yes, we will have running water.

A common misconception of a dry cabin is that you have no water at all.

Not so, you haul it in. (or have it hauled in if there is a company that does that in your area)

Everyone has their own kind of set up.

For us, we will have the tanks in the back of the house with Flex Pex pipes running to the sinks, shower, and toilet, with Sharkbite (Made in the USA) fittings.

Everything will be ran inside because there is nothing worse than frozen pipes!

Will You Be On Grid or Off Grid?

Since there is already an old pole set up on the property, for the time being, we will be on-grid once we move onto the property. If there are any issues with that, we will be off-grid faster than expected.

The only reason we are doing it this way is to save costs upfront so we can get the house dried in, insulated, and livable while we finish.

This project is not going to be done in one season.

What Will you Heat With?

Our main source of heat will be a wood cookstove.

Some folks are giving me a hard time about this, and that’s okay. I am looking forward to it. If you knew how many old school things we do anyway, a wood cookstove would add to it. Plus, my cast iron skillets will love it too 😉

Below is the Kitchen Queen (Made in the USA) in both the large and small model.

We are going with the larger model on the right, but it will have the warming shelf doors as seen on the left.

We have done lots of research on a variety of models and asked others who own different models lots of questions.

We will also have a small Toyo stove as back up, but I do not foresee it being used unless we are gone or if there is an emergency.

We have chosen to have a backup because of the winter climate we are in. There are days in the winter in our area that it will drop to -50 below.

It’s always good to have a backup plan, just in case!

Living in Alaska
Picture credit: Kitchen Queen Stoves

So as of right now, that is the plan!

We look forward to sharing more with everyone! Until then, we will just keep sharing where we are now and what’s happening in our little part of Alaska.

Feel free to share with your friends! It helps our site and YouTube channel get seen.

Until next time…

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