1-1/2 story Alaska Cabin
Here are photographs and
the story of a
rustic owner-built home
Here are Nevada Mike's photos - Scroll down for earlier construction photos
Starting to get that lived-in look
Our evening wear.
We are in Alaska after all!
In early January of 2011 Mike sent an email update and narrative on his
Here is a recent photo of a clever bench seat/table Mike
Below are a few snapshots of the house and life on Prince of Wales island.
There is an older forum thread and a newer thread with comments and photos of
projects that have been inspired by Mike's cabin project.
Earlier photos below were taken before the dormers and upper walls were sided.
Click HERE to see another version of the same basic house plans (these folks did not do the porch and have a shed dormer).
Here is an earlier report from 5/4/05
These photos and information from Nevada_Mike building in Alaska.
6' wide dormer framed between the site built trusses. The trusses are doubled up 2x6s where the roof is slanted. This provides the needed room for R-30 insulation. The second 2x6 can be put in later to reduce the lifting weight of the truss if desired.
The plans have dormer diagrams for a gable (doghouse) dormer as done here, and a small shed dormer (lower pitch flat roof).
Truss made for the dormer. Two of these for each dormer.
Connection of the trusses to the wall with blocking between
The stairway framing and bedroom and bath behind. Mike reversed the floor plan from the standard plan layout. Note that he has carried the loft floor all the way over the great room and kitchen. This area can also be left open and cathedral.
This will be a rough view to wake up to...
Earlier Photos of Foundation
View from the air of a remote site on Prince of Wales island in Southeast Alaska. The nearest town is Coffman Cove. The view from the site is looking over the inside passage and when the clouds are not in the way, snow covered mountains are in view and we sometimes see whales. For reference, Ketchikan Alaska is across the passage to the right about 50 miles.
The concrete batch plant is 2 hours away. Our "grey gold' arrived wet wet wet. I don't need to tell you that it was expensive. The locals thought I was crazy for not just using a post and pier foundation. I will admit they are obviously smarter than me on local building best practices.
The finished pour. It appears that Mike has done a concrete footing and short stemwall with the footing resting on a well drained gravel pad. A wood stemwall was then built on this to enclose the crawlspace.
Click HERE for more information on the plans the owner worked with.
ORDER FORM for the plans - # P010-A - a materials list is available - # P010-B