Monday, February 28, 2011

Pricing Updates!

We have updated our pricing recently. The increase on the cabin plans was 5%, however this will likely change in the next couple of months since our costs have gone up more than we thought since 2007. The garage plans went up the most after we found we were not even breaking even on some models.
Price increases are extremely unpopular. In hindsight, we would have been better off increasing the price slightly each year instead of doing it all in one season. I don't expect profit margins to stay on par with the past because the market is still in the doldrums but we do need to stay profitable to stay in business and take care of our customers for years to come.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin
US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer (1706 - 1790)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Plan #10 for 2011

This is our newest plan. We will be posting the pricing on this blog later today and on Facebook. We will also have a new page for it on the website.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Shout out to The Webmaster

George Lochner at has been our webmaster since we started a website in the 1990's. Charles Lochner, George's brother designed our brochures before the internet was available.
George has been the best guy to work with on keeping our website tuned up. He always has great ideas and is very prompt about his work.
If you need a professionally designed website, talk to George, you won't be sorry.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Survival Tape

Today we had a broken and leaking propane line on our weed burner torch. I was looking around the truck and found the Survival Tape I bought at the Alaska State Fair. Since that was all I could find we decided to give it a try. To say the least, we were impressed!

Monday, February 14, 2011


We have received our web traffic statistics for the past year. We had 20,000 visits, 250,000 page views in 45 countries, all fifty states and all Canadian Provinces. Naturally, most visitors are looking for ideas and only a small fraction will actually become our clients.
We have received so much interest in our kits from the lower forty-eight that we are working on a plan to accomodate our lower 48 friends.
Our main focus is building cabins on site here in Alaska but we have received a lot of interest in the kits.

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

- Albert Einstein

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Repair Work

We receive many requests for repair work on remote cabins. Although we are not able to accomodate everyone; I try to either prescribe a solution or recommend someone who can do the work.
Don't hesitate to call if you have need of repair work. If we can't get to it, we can find someone who can or provide a plan of action you can do yourself.

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Susitna Energy

If you have lived in Alaska for twenty years or so, you will remember Mckay's Hardware in Anchorage. Mckay's Hardware was one of the old fashioned hardware stores that had everything, and I mean everything. I once searched every hardware store in Anchorage for a specific type of specialized lineman's pliers with no luck. I went to Mckay's and asked if they had the pliers and they asked me what color!
This was always the case, if you needed something, no need to shop around; just go to Mckays.
Well, if you are looking for specialized products for living in the bush or off the grid, Susitna Energy in Anchorage most likely will have what you need. Wood stoves, oil stoves, propane stoves, solar panels, windmills, inverters, generators, satelite phones and just about every other thing to make rural living comfortable.
We have dealt with Susitna Energy for many years and they are truly a pleasure to do business with.
Check them out at or call them at 337-1300. You won't be sorry!

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities - brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.”
John W. Gardner