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Old 02-23-2014, 01:57 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I am starting a little late in the build, but I have used forums before and it is always helpful when you get stumped with some sort of DIY build and other users can help out. We moved up to Alaska 2 years ago and bought a house base on the land, river in back yard, garage, and future guest house potential. So this is what we found:




here is the garage with space up top for guest house:


here is space above garage:

here is my starting the project in the winter:

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Looks like a lovely home and will be a nice project.

Keep us posted.

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The guest house is finished, I'll take some photos today and post, it came out nice. The next project is the third floor. It had two tiny bedrooms:


I tore down the walls and gutted it:


Finished the balcony railing yesterday:


Today wiring the electrical. Moving some outlets and putting the lights on one switch, since it is all one big room now.
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That is really nice, that is a dream of ours, we watch just about any program about Alaska, especially about homes and such. I can just imagine going out back and fishing when I wanted to. You have a beautiful home.
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Welcome to the forums!

Different workers built the exterior deck guard-rails vs. the interior stair guards. You are under the IBC; http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/...-codes/alaska/

Your exterior would pass code, interior; no. Your Home Owners Insurance may not pay a claim if work is not done to code minimum standards; "6. Within individual dwelling units and sleeping units in Group R-2 and R-3 occupancies, guards on the open sides of stairs shall not have openings which allow passage of a sphere 43/8 inches (111 mm) in diameter." from; http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic..._10_sec013.htm

At least you can rebuild them inexpensively (other than labor). The size of sphere is size of a toddlers head.... good job, they do look very nice. Be sure to air seal new poly right away to prevent condensation/air entry (as picture of ceiling electrical outlet showing dirt filtered); http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...wall-approach/

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Took some pictures of the guest house I built last summer in the space above the garage.
Kitchen:

Living space:

Hall:

bedroom:


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Some progress yesterday, was able to finish the installing the electrical and half of the vapor barrier, I just need to tape off the outlets and the seams so it will be air tight.

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Here some Alaska wildlife for you, just for fun.
Halibut fishing trip last summer with my daughter:

Moose in font yard:


Grizzly Bear we saw in Denali Park:

My parents came to visit this winter, snow machining in -20 F (Mt McKinley behind them):
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Wow, absolutely beautiful, your home also. Those fish are a bunch of good eating, man oh man, you got it made.
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Got all the vapor barrier done today.










Next week will start putting up plywood, then attach metal lath. I'm going to put up a lightweight flexible plaster called strocto-lite. It is really easy to work with and can round all corners, get in an around logs, and my daughter is going to help with some mosaic tile designs. It took awhile to find someone that would ship to Alaska. Home Depot is shipping a pallet (40 bags of 50lb each). They are charging me $650. Another concrete store said they could do it for $1250. Needless to say I went with Home Depot.
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I would be happy living in the guest house. WOW!
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Thanks. When I remodel the kitchen and bedroom we plan on living out there for awhile so we are not trying to live in the middle of a construction zone. It is so nice to have when visitors come.
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Wonderful looking home. Keep the pictures coming
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Building has been slow going, I was gone for a week on a trip to the Yukon, we snowmachined 200 miles to Dawson City, Canada and gambled and drank.









Got the tongue and groove pine ceiling half way done. I need to work faster!!

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A little more progress today.





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more slow going progress, my real job sure seems to get in the way. Lights up and working, next is the walls.






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