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Building Alaska

Building Alaska

Photo Credit:  Orion Multimedia/DIY Network/Scripps Networks
  • Premiered: 
    November 11, 2012
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  • Network: DIY
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: home improvement

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Plot Synopsis

BUILDING ALASKA follows men who set out to build cabins in remote areas of The Last Frontier over the course of a single season of this series. Each 30-minute episode features a different stage of construction, including every step from the demolition of abandoned cabins and digging foundations to completing the framing and rough plumbing to the final finishing touches. In Season 1, hunting and fishing guide Bob May embarked on a five-month project to build the perfect hunting lodge in the great outdoors on a remote island in southern Alaska. Bob, his son, and team of experts battled the elements and personal challenges as they made his dream home a reality -- even though they had to adapt to inferior lumber, changing weather conditions and an 11-foot brown bear that all caused havoc on the build site. BUILDING ALASKA returned for its second season on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 10pm ET/7pm PT on DIY Network, as the new season followed three men who set out to build three cabins in remote areas of the Alaskan Frontier, constructing cabins that need to hold up in some of the most harsh conditions in the world. The second season followed professional builders Lee Raymond, Jim Wagner and Chuck Gerwig, as they led their construction teams. On Sunday, January 4, 2015 a 10pm ET/PT, DIY Network premiered the third season of BUILDING ALASKA, immediately following an all-day (2pm-10pm) marathon of an encore presentation of the second season. In the Season 3 opener, "Builders Begin Construction on a Fishing Retreat, a Ski Hut and a Getaway Cabin in Remote Alaska," the return of spring in Alaska means the race is on for three builders to begin constructing homes in the remote wilderness before the inevitable return of winter shuts them down. Three builders -- returning foreman Lee Raymond and two new builders, Derek Galbraith and Tony Malone -- begin construction on a fishing retreat near Anchorage, a ski hut close to Valdez and a getaway log cabin in the Southeast corner of remote Alaska. Before breaking ground, one builder has to fly to his build site to inspect the piece of land he purchased without ever stepping foot on it, breaking the number one rule of land buying. Season 4 of BUILDING ALASKA premiered on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, immediately following an all-day marathon (9am-9pm) of encore episodes. In the season opener, "We're Back," three men risk it all to build a remote hunting cabin, an off-the-grid bear lodge and an island retreat. Early in the season, Rich's island build is literally between a rock and a hard place, Tom gets a lesson in logging and Creig feels the sting of remote building and shoddy materials.
BUILDING ALASKA returned for its fifth season on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT, immediately following an all-day marathon (8:30am-9pm) of encore episodes. The three build teams kick off their builds in unique, remote Alaskan settings. Adam Tschappat and his family begin building a Family Legacy cabin in the Wrangell Mountains. Mike Williams and his family begin building a guest cabin in Eagle Song, near Mt. Susitna. And Steve Box and his builder friends, Dave Bartlett and Hans Moser, begin an Island Getaway on Shelter Island, near Juneau.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Orion Multimedia (as Orion Entertainment)


  • - Alaska USA