Open Skies Farmstead

Crunchy, Off-Grid Living in Rural Alaska


December 2016

An Unexpected Gift

"Hey, I've been talking with Nick," our neighbor Josh said over the phone, "and we've decided to put your roof on for you tomorrow. You don't need to be home, as long as all the supplies are there. It's supposed to... Continue Reading →


Installing the Wood Stove

At just over 800 square feet, we didn't need a huge wood stove for our cabin, but we wanted something that we'd enjoy, well, hopefully for the rest of our lives. A few things were important to us. We didn't... Continue Reading →

A Great Idea? Notsomuch.

I had this great idea last spring: move out on the property, build a log cabin - not to finished status,mind you, but just dried in for the autumn and winter - then take a break for the winter and... Continue Reading →

Building the Cabin – First Story

For this, the last house we plan on building, we've decided to build usingĀ 6"x 6" four-sided logs. The floor plan is for a two-story 16'x 24' with an additional one-story nook (approximately 6' wide and 12' long) which has the... Continue Reading →

Beckoned Again

Building a log cabin and living off-grid isn't new or foreign to the Open Sky family. Back in early 1999 we had been married a little over a year and were living our dream of living off-grid, only that time it... Continue Reading →

The Summer of the Tarp

A year ago, we were sitting down discussing our plans and future for our land. In previous conversations we had decided that we would continue living and working in town while driving out to the property periodically and slowly building the... Continue Reading →

Back to our Roots

Five years ago there were just two of us in the Open Sky family and we were sitting in our home in Spokane, Washington talking about leaving the city again and going back to our roots. Back to Alaska. Back... Continue Reading →

Slowing Down

Winter in Alaska means slow days, cold, and darkness. Normally we like to hibernate the long winter away: hot cocoa, books, and the PS3. This year, though, is a different story for the Open Skies Farmstead. Building our log cabin... Continue Reading →

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