Jim and Nancy began building their
wilderness house in 1986 while still living in
Talkeetna. The house was nearly finished
when they moved into it in 1995. It has a
kitchen, living room, a bathroom and two
bedrooms. The back room has an attic above
it and a root cellar below it. Most of the
inside paneling and all of the outside siding
is made of cedar wood.
The guest cabin was built in 1992.
Jim cut the logs from trees in a
nearby forest. Nancy removed the
bark from all of the logs while Jim
scribed each log and notched the
end of each log my hand. It is the
first round log cabin Jim ever built.
Inside the cabin there is room
enough for two single beds and a
wood stove. The cabin is used as a
guest cabin; it is fun for a visitor to
spend the night in an original log
Aerial view of Jim and Nancy's Homestead
Small Green House
New Green House
The pole barn was built in 1997.
All of the lumber came from trees
logged and milled on site by Jim
and Nancy. In the backroom is
Jim's reloading equipment where
he reloads most of his
ammunition. The remainder of
the building is used as a dry
space for woodworking.
Jim and Nancy's New House
Jim and Nancy keep two years of
firewood cut at all times. Using a
chain saw, Jim harvests suitable
trees from his property, cuts each
log into smaller sections and then
splits each of the smaller logs
into burnable pieces using a
gasoline powered log splitter.
The New Greenhouse was built in
2008 and the plastic was put on in
2009. All of the lumber with the
exception of the pressure treated
foundation posts, came from trees
logged and milled by Jim and
Nancy from a nearby forest. The
first floor is used for a workshop
and seasonal storage for snow
machines and ATV's. The top floor
is a greenhouse with shaded area
for transplanting etc. The
greenhouse was built high off of
the ground so bears cannot
destroy the plastic or the plants.
The Outhouse is a must have
building. There is no door on the
Outhouse to prevent bears from
sneaking up on the occupant.
Since there is no door, a clear
shot can be made at any bear that
may come along allowing the user
to then continue with his or her
business with little interruption.
Jim and Nancy's Homestead, which is
situated on five acres of land, is
approximately 12 mile north of Talkeetna,
Alaska They are near the Alaska Railroad
which is their primary means of
transportation to Talkeetna and the outside
This picture shows the very beginning of Jim
and Nancy's new home. As of the Fall of
2014 the foundation and sub-flooring for
the first floorare are complete as well as
two of the outside walls.