Off-Grid Log Cabin Built in Alaska

Reader Contribution by David Woods and Log Cabin Hub
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Have you ever thought about building your own off-grid log cabin? Often it seems so out of reach to people who work full-time jobs with busy lives but today we want to show that it’s entirely possible to do your own build, even if you have no building experience.

A couple in Alaska, built their log cabin during weekends, and the exterior was complete in just 5 months. They had next to no building experience and at the time that they built, there wasn’t much information online as to how to build so they just figured things out for themselves as they went along.

They followed five basic steps in their build; planning, foundations, logs, roof and exterior finish.

Their planning stage involved a late night sat up together searching for land, and when they came across a piece of land that was not only in their dream place in Alaska, it was also affordable – they snatched it up.

They used post foundations to raise their log cabin off the floor, and started to lay their logs using a saddle-notch. To roof the cabin they build two gable walls and then built a frame to lay their roof onto.

To finish, they stained the exterior and filled the interior with unique little pieces of handmade furniture.

Here is the video of their off-grid log cabin build, including details of how they did each step

David Woods is a carpenter, outdoorsman, and author with more than 30 years of professional woodworking experience. He is the author of best-seller How to Build a Log Home and has educated more than half a million people on how to build a log cabin via his blog, Log Cabin Hub. Connect with him on Facebook.


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