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    Default Remote Living : Living in an Airplane Hangar

    Living this Alaska life is not easy for a fair amount of us. Many of us are just crazy, but for me, leaving all that I left behind in Denver to be up here in North Pole, Alaska is just outright absurd. Yet, I am still here.

    I have learned in the 18 months of living in Alaska that it's worth it. I truly feel like I have followed God's direction in my life to be where I am at for not only my husband, but for my children as well.

    Here is the brief info on our place.

    My husband bought our piece of property before I knew him or met him.
    He started to build an airplane hangar next to an airstrip in North Pole. On 1/3rd of this hangar would be his apartment that he originally was to share with his brother.
    In 2005, we met.
    In Summer of 2006, we married and 20 days later, I stepped foot in Alaska with never being here before.
    To make this story even shorter, we determined by Spring of 2007 (once he returned from the Slope), we would live on our property to make our build more effective and efficient. We lived in a tent for 105 days before moving into our hangar.
    In September, the husband left for moose guiding and the children and I moved into the last 2 lower rooms that were to be sheet rocked. (Those were the office space and our workout room).
    This situation has been in process of 101 days as of today.
    It's December... and we are closer, but still not completely finished.
    I haven't had a stove to cook on since May 2007. We grill, microwave, crock pot, and toaster oven all our food.

    All... to...
    allow my husband to live his dream and to live in Alaska.

    I will let this be a picture gallery. There will be tons. Hopefully I could resize a few of these so that they won't be so large. (Back in the day, the husband didn't know how to do these things!)

    Enjoy!

    The first picture.
    This is our property when my husband first started.


    This is when my husband started the dirt work. He dug all the way to gravel to use for our foundation. He made it to the water table. This will eventually become our pond.
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    Default Slab and Radiant Heat

    This is of the slab pouring.


    This is of the radiant heat.
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    This is where our septic tank is... it's out towards the airstrip.


    This is the build of the paint booth, the work out room, and the office space.
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    Default Trusses

    Time for the trusses.


    Now for the siding.


    Now... for the unfinished apartment.
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    Default Insulation.

    So... it looks like I jumped and skipped the plumbing. Sorry. Pipes can only be so interesting.

    Insulation.

    I hate this word. It's second to sheet rocking, though.





    Vertex in the seems.
    R-22 in the ceiling. Vapor Barrier. R-13. Blocked. Rocked. Done.
    R-19 in the walls unless it's out to the shop area. Vapor Barrier. R-13. Rocked. Done.
    R-13 on most interior walls unless we have a higher grade because of sound.
    Maybe I am wrong on all these... but I am pretty sure this is what we did.
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    Default Framing

    I thought that we would never get done with this stage.
    The husband was 1cm off with one wall. He tore it down and he built a whole new wall. I just about died.

    Here are framing pictures.

    Work out room.


    Upstairs in the master bathroom.


    Jacuzzi tub... because it's the only time you could fit it in is while you are framing.
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    Time to turn in.
    Thank goodness for a good tent.
    All 105 days of it!


    Yet still back to building.

    Radiant heat in the upstairs apartment.


    Frame work that was finished during the radiant heat install... this is above our kitchen area.
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    Default Gypsum Flooring..

    Our entrance to our soon-to-be abode.


    Flooring over the radiant heat.


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    Default Where is the Electrical Pictures!?

    Geeze Louise, It looks as if I may not have electrical pictures. That stinks. Maybe my husband has them on his camera. I'll have to look into that now.

    Stand up shower for the master bath!


    Finally! Here comes the sheet rock!
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    Default Rocked and Hung.

    Sheet Rocking.
    This is one of the worse phrases for me during our build.
    I kept telling my husband, "This is the last time that we build like this. I am never going to do sheet rocking ever again. I hate this white powder! It's all over our clothes!"
    When it was all over... I was happy.
    So... a smiling picture in front of finished sheet rock is what you will have first... and after this picture... off to a concert with Opera Fairbanks.


    Here it is in the master bath.


    Here it is right above our entrance way.
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    Default Primer, Texture, Paint... in that order.

    Primer


    Texture


    Paint
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    Default 4 days ago!!!

    Cabinets.
    Imagine this one.
    We are actually starting to look like a home!


    Vanity in the master bathroom


    We finally got smart, too.
    After wasting away tons of money on radiant heat, I finally told the husband I was through with heating our place. After my rant and him realizing I really wasn't going to order another fill up, we got smart and borrowed (or at least a couple from our church donated it to us) a wood stove.
    I grew up with one of these things... why wasn't I thinking straight on this. We should have done it LONG LONG before the 800 gallons we went through already this year.
    So... thank goodness and thank GOD for wood stoves.
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    Default Misc Pictures...

    Here are some miscellaneous pictures of our property, too.
    This is what and where we built it.

    Here is the airstrip on a foggy, summer morning.


    Three moose on our airstrip.


    This is where my husband spent his bachelor days.... in a shack on our property.
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    Default Interior Exterior

    This is the front of our actual hangar.
    This is honestly... one of the best pictures that I could find and produce. (...and for those of you that have been at our property know that this actually looks really good... and is older because our basketball hoop and our patio furniture isn't out there).


    Last but not least... the picture of the interior of the hangar.
    I tried to find a good one... but this will have to do.
    This is one of the 'cleaner' pictures that I could find, too.
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    Default As we speak...

    As I map this out... our accent walls are drying. This has not been a happy median for the husband and I... accent walls. But... I am visiting with the familia in Denver while he is there wrapping things up before he leaves for the Slope.

    Most will be done by the time I return and our Konecto laminate plank flooring has been ordered and is being shipped up from Seattle. (Thank goodness for a sister who buys that stuff wholesale!)

    So... finish carpentry. Final on electrical. Installation of carpet and flooring. Bottom parts of window sills. Whatever those things are called. Phone and internet lines. I haven't had internet at home since living in Alaska. It has been connectivity from the highest point in our shop (our master bedroom) and doing a connection with the laptop 1/2 way out of the shop (because it's metal/steel and we get no reception) and connecting to the net through my cellphone that sits on the window sill pointed outwards. So... most of these posts that you see... are from there... or Alaska Club.

    Wow... what an unbelieveable photo journey this has been this morning. I probably should have gone to sleep, but this was good for me seeing all this progress. It keeps me in my place and keeps me positive.

    So... living this Alaskan dream is not an easy one. Trust me. I would have rather moved, settled, and adjusted first... but that was obviously not the case in our scenrio.

    When I return after the holiday, hopefully I'll have a chance to update this thread with all that has been accomplished.

    Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed me sharing our remote living with you all!

    Bob and Kimberly
    with Vinny, CJ, and Mira
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    Sorry I couldn't think of anything snide to say. Great pictures and a lot of good work going on there.

    Have a great trip.

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    Very cool, thanks for sharing the pictures. You guys are definitely living a dream up there, or will be after the work is done. Well worth the effort.
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    Kimberly, which airstrip do you live on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingfisherktn View Post
    Sorry I couldn't think of anything snide to say. Great pictures and a lot of good work going on there.

    Have a great trip.

    kingfisherktn
    I actually quieted you for once?
    Is this a good thing?
    (chuckles!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunt'N'Photos View Post
    Very cool, thanks for sharing the pictures. You guys are definitely living a dream up there, or will be after the work is done. Well worth the effort.
    I sure do hope so. Talk about ups, downs, and all arounds. We have had to make so many males fit into females on plumbing and I think that I have had it up to my last nerve with how many times I got hit with sheet rock.... oh... yes... and wood stove back draft.
    But... hopefully will be worth it in the long run... hopefully for me... definitely for the husband.
    Because I am married to him... I *have* to live his dream with him... and whoa what a dream it is. (saying with a smile.... partly)
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