I am past the dream phase of building a semi-remote (snowmachine, boat access) cabin. I would appreciate your pictures, ideas, lessons learned and/or anything else that you would share. There are many questions:
Foundation on tundra. I was told to keep frozen thing frozen and warm things warm. Pilings which were supposed to be "the thing" to do a few years ago can "frost jack" or so i heard. I was told to insulate the ground with blueboard and timbers then post and beam it from there. Are gluelams or steel I-beams better or? How high off the ground? Under flooring materials?
Floor. BCI's or dimensional lumber. 4X8 sheets of T&G OSB?
Size. I want to be able to have 2 couples and each have a decent sleeping area with some privacy. I am thinking 24X24 or 20 X 28 with a loft.
Siding. I saw a gorgeous cabin with (believe it or not) stucco. I prefer low maintenance as I prefer to enjoy the outdoors instead of painting etc.... Would stucco be a better bear deterrant? Can it be made to look a bit "rustic"? What about metal?
Bear deterrants? What building precautions can I take to prevent entrusion? It will be off grid with a battery system. I can use electric fence. Should I worry about window size/location? There are blacks in the area and browns from time to time.
Any other thoughts on power, skeeters, hot water, privy, roofing or any other pertinent thoughs would be appreciated.