Saturday, December 31, 2016

Our new Outhouse Plan for 2017

Anywhere else in the United States an outhouse is a novelty. Here in Alaska in many areas it's a necessity. We have had many requests for outhouses over the years and for some reason we've never had a plan that we could duplicate until now.
An outhouse is a very simple project but it requires the same tools and knowledge as building a house and takes more time and material than most people realize. We now are building outhouses in our shop and delivering them to your site. We are also doing pre-fabricated outhouses that you can assemble yourself on your site which will save a few bucks as well.
All outhouses come with a pressure treated base, T1-11 siding, metal roof (Color your choice), cedar trim, toilet seat and paper holder.
The cost for the outhouse kit is $1,295 and $1,595 for a fully assembled model. If we are building your cabin we will dig the hole and deliver at no extra cost.
If you choose to pick up at our shop, the outhouse will fit on a snowmachine trailer or a standard size pickup.

“As the old year retires and a new one is born, we commit into the hands of our Creator the happenings of the past year and ask for direction and guidance in the new one. May He grant us His grace, His tranquility and His wisdom!”
Peggy Toney Horton   

Friday, December 30, 2016

Winter Building 2017

Winter in Alaska to many signifies the end of all outdoor activity but to us it is the beginning of our Winter building season. After freeze-up we are able to access many areas of the state that are impractical to reach during the summer months.
After many years of experimentation we have developed many techniques for building in cold weather. Naturally, there are times where the temperatures are so severe that it's not practical to keep working outdoors but generally speaking temperatures to -15 degrees or so don't create any major problems as long as there isn't significant wind to deal with.
We have done metal roofs down to -53 degrees but it wasn't very productive. Interestingly, low temperature bituthane and 100% silicone perform well at -50 and even colder without any change in flexibility or viscosity.
Excavation can be a challenge especially if the ground has been cleared of organics and cleared of snow. The organics and snow keep the ground insulated and don't allow the frost to dive deep.
Many sites have no road access but are fairly close to a road, traveling on ice roads on rivers and lakes allows us to access many sites with our regular vehicles which also keeps the cost down.
If you have a project you want done in the winter season so you can enjoy it in the summer give us a call and we'll get it going for you.

                                Happy New Year From Friesen's Custom Cabins!!                      

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Bush Shipping Part 2A Summer Transportation.

  I posted Bush Shipping Part 1 a couple of years ago and I think it is time to expand on it a little. In Part 1 we talked about shipping to villages in Rural Alaska. In this Blog we will talk about hauling to remote sites where there are no villages.
There are many different modes of transportation to remote sites depending on the season. In the summer months we can utilize boats, barges, track vehicles, ATV's and aircraft on wheels or floats.
  Most sites are accessible by trail, river or lake or a combination of both. For example, if you are building on the Yentna River, you might be able to ship an entire cabin package on a river barge to a point close to where you want to build. From the drop off-location you may need to haul overland with ATV or other equipment or possibly shuttle the material in a smaller boat or raft. Some projects will require loading and unloading materials several times which adds significantly to the cost since even a small cabin can weigh 10,000 to 20,000 pounds and larger cabins can weigh over 100,000 pounds. Suffice it to say it will always be a lot more material than you anticipate.
  Many sites are on lakes accessible by float plane which makes transport fairly simple albeit expensive. There are many things to consider when figuring the cost of transporting material by float plane. You need to be certain there is a suitable place to tie up the plane and unload it as well as easy access to the building site. Since most lakes have a 75' setback for building, the cost of hauling the material from the lake or river to the building site needs to be considered as well. Many times people want to build on a bluff above a river or lake which makes transporting even a short distance more challenging.
  In over 25 years of remote building we have encountered almost every situation imaginable. Notice I said 'Almost' because there are always more adventures to cover in" Bush Shipping Part 2B Summer Transportation".

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