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Kitchen remodel for non comforming space

This Cripple Creek habin (house/cabin or cabin with running water) needed a little makeover starting with chopping out this log beam.  We were not sure what it was doing there to begin with.

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We also eliminated the walk through into the smaller area beside the existing kitchen so it would add to the kitchen footprint.  The wall was replaced with two doug fir posts and a doug fir glulam.

 

Looking the other direction, this photo was taken just after the beam was removed from above.

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DSC00285In this final photo we are looking into the added space from above that has had some color splashed on the wall. This one is still under construction with special order items on the way.  Stay tuned for more…

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When mushrooms eat through your roof….

While I was working on this home with my crew the owner told me the roof leaked. From the ground it looked like there was nothing wrong. I jumped up on the roof and after a minute found tht in one section there were mushrooms growing through the shingles every couple feet.

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Just wish I had better pictures.

 

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Foundation adjustment and home leveling on permafrost

Another home leveling, this time in North Pole, Alaska

54 pier blocks, 2 1/2 guys, 6 jacks, and time

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When we removed the lattice from the sides of the house we were in awe of the amount of over-cantilevering, if that word is allowed, and piers that did nothing.  Needless to say, we got in and leveled this North Pole home so it is ready sale.

 

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Work hard, play harder! Denali National Park

It was a long week but the end goal made it all worth it. We drove to Denali National Park where the roads are closed to motorized traffic at mile 30 (of the ~90 miles road) this time of year. It’s also the best month for Denali to be out of the clouds.DSC02936

End game.

We did not have watches or cell phones so I don’t know how long the 34 mile and 3300 foot gain bike ride took but this is what it looked like just when we arrived.

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Climbing up into Sable Pass from the Teklanika River we saw a sow grizz with 2 cubs grubbing for roots or ground squirrels.

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My friend Leslie and I in Sable Pass.

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Little more Sable

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You can see Leslie on the left of this panoramic.

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Another Panorama, this time from Polychrome Pass where we also ram into 3 sheep  on the side of the road. Ram.  Get it?

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We stopped for dinner between Thoroughfare Pass and Stoney Pass

DSC02903The Big One came into view at Thoroughfare Pass.

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Again the view from our campsite.  Just imagine you are the only 2 people in the world with that view in that moment.

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Leslie takes it in. My new Trek 520 has proven itself to be a bad ass machine! I need to spend more Saturday nights like this!

 


80’s style bathroom demolished and turned into hip walk-in shower

Here we removed the old steel tub and added  a tiled bench to a new walkin shower…

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Best way to get a steel tub out of a bathroom.

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Pink tile!

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A marked improvement bringing this bathroom into the current century.

 

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Freezing rain, steel trusses, and hard workers.

The guys are keeping in good spirits despite the cold temperature.  After numerous delays, the trusses arrived, were installed, and now the meticulous process of the associated framing is going on.

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This is the first time any of us have done a roof like this. I give full credit to the crew and homeowner, George, because it’s tough enough to spend the entire day working with steel outside at 10F and they have dealt with this while I have been out of town

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Moose hunting in Alaska Fall 2013

Here are a couple pics from our trip to the flats from September 10-18 on the flats. On the second day there were 13 cow moose and 5 calves on the lake.

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Winter came quickly.

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My camera was acting up so I only got a few good shots.

Here are some related articles from my Alaska:

Moose hunting on the North Slope of Alaska

Thanksgiving moose ribs!

Traveling north on the Alaska pipeline

Smoking and canning Copper River Red Salmon

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