We are building a simple house designed maximize efficiency, comfort and affordability. In just six weeks, go from a footer in the ground to a fully insulated shell. We are planning to sell or rent this house when we are done. We hope that the techniques we share will inspire others to build their own homes too.
Housing costs are rising faster than wages - making it more and more difficult for people to own their own homes. Up here in Alaska, where heating oil costs are also rising, we have to compensate by super insulating our homes - driving up the cost even more. It's hard to afford a decent home these days.
Jacob and I had a chance to buy a burned house a couple of years ago, and this year is the year for us to build a house on the existing foundation. We plan to
It was pretty exciting getting the walls up on our Simple House Build last week. This week we work on exterior sheathing and starting the roof framing.
We are building a simple house in Alaska. To keep costs down without sacrificing energy efficiency and square footage, we simplified the design. The floor plan is compact, but well planned. We are hoping to create a home for resale that is more affordable upfront and over it's lifetime - heating a home in Alaska can be so expensive.
Last week we got started by finalizing the design, building the foundation, and creating the main floor system.
This week, t
We are building a Simple House in Alaska. The construction is just 2x6 stick framing, so we wanted to add extra insulation to the exterior. This week we wrap the exterior in foam.
It's been a busy six weeks! We went a hole in the ground to a weatherproofed house - that sheds water AND holds heat! This week we tackled the windows and doors.
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Our Simple House is coming along!
Since the house itself is so simple, I wanted to give it something special. So we added a timber frame roof with a foam insulation build up in this week's episode.