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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. The eight-episode seventh season of BUILDING ALASKA premiered on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 9-11pm ET/PT, as DIY Network debuted back-to-back new episodes. The new season follows the intrepid journeys of three young builders, Nick Blanco, Ben Crew and Brannon Richart as they each set out with their teams to construct one-of-a-kind lodges among the stunning landscape. In the season opener (9pm), "Building Alaska, the New Generation," a new generation of builders tackles the Alaskan wilds to build off-the-grid cabins. First-time builder Nick faces some harsh realities when he can't use the trees on his build site for lumber. Brannon's team develops a unique foundation system to build on permafrost, but they must fight nature every step of the way. Father and son team Jere and Ben take on a massive 5,000-square-foot floating lodge project, the most challenging and dangerous build ever attempted. Then, in the night's second new episode (10pm), "Hard Work Beats Talent," reality sets in for first-time extreme cabin builder Nick Blanco in Alaska as he fights the tides trying to retrieve pylons for his foundation and realizes he doesn't have the right equipment to dig postholes. Then Brannon's team gets stuck on the muddy trail bringing in more build materials, but eventually makes good progress on the front porch before an unexpected rainstorm shuts them down. Jere and Ben continue to build the massive aluminum barge one weld at a time, but when signs of fall creep in, the colder temperatures start to cause problems.
On Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 9-11pm ET/PT, DIY Network premiered the Season 7 finale of BUILDING ALASKA, showing back-to-back new episodes immediately following a seven-hour marathon (2-9pm) of encore episodes. In the night's first new episode (9pm), "Home Stretch," all the builders are in the home stretch in Alaska as they try to finish their cabins and floating lodge. Jere and Ben install interior and exterior siding, but their progress comes to a halt when they run out of stain and nails. So they switch to Plan B, installing the upstairs stove and chimney. Nick's roof is dried in, so he turns to finishing the sleeping loft, building a bathroom and adding outside trim. Brannon's team finishes the exterior siding and interior insulation and installs lights. The, in the season finale (10pm), "Grand Finale," Nick's dad, Paul, returns to help put the finishing touches on the cabin, including a unique find that they polish and hang. Nick's mom and stepdad arrive, and Nick's mom is amazed by the finished cabin. Brannon's team builds countertops and railings for the cabin, and his client, Dick, arrives with his family to admire their newly finished lodge. Jere and Ben put in hard work finishing the new Sea Otter Sound Lodge, and the first guests arrive at the 5,000-square-foot floating lodge.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Orion Multimedia (as Orion Entertainment)


  • - Alaska USA