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Building Alaska is a show about cabin construction in the woods and the mountains of the northernmost state. The episodes are 30 minutes long and feature a different phase of construction each time. The program follows the builders over a 5 month span, documenting everything from demolition to finish work, plumbing and electrical.

The first season follows hunting guide Bob May, his son and a team of professionals as they plan, develop and build the dream hunting lodge. Placed in the middle of an island in southern Alaska, the setting and environment is breathtaking and the animal-life troublesome at times. Many mishaps and challenges face the guys throughout the project.

The second season began on January 5, 2014 and follows the construction of three different cabins scattered throughout the backwoods of Alaska. Professional builders Lee Raymond, Jim Wagner and Chuck Gerwig lead their crews against the challenges of the Alaskan frontier.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on DIY Network
9 Seasons, 80 Episodes
November 11, 2012
Documentary & Biography, Science & Technology
6.8/10
Cast: Dan Sheedy
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Building Alaska Full Episode Guide

  • The three builders rush to get ahead of the schedule. Heather and John build a water catchment system.

  • The guys face intense helicopter deliveries, forklift shenanigans and more.

  • Josh and his team begin work on the interior walls and install the second-story floor joists in their Cordova cabin. At Trinity Lake, Chris must adapt when he runs out of lumber to build a dock and the framers he hired don't show up. Finally, wrong cuts and measurements threaten to put John and Heather further behind than ever on their Mt. Ascension build.

  • At Trinity Lake, Chris and Joe battle an 80-foot spruce that begins to fall too soon before a helicopter delivery almost goes wrong. Next, John and Heather fall behind while building the floor of their cabin due to the rain and need help getting back on schedule on Mt. Ascension. Later, Josh and his team must forklift their materials up the muddy driveway to the build site in Cordova after the semi gets stuck at the bottom. Finally, a complex build plan with too many parts and pieces threatens to shut the site down in order to get organized.

  • Delivery of two shipping containers to a remote build site is a nail biter.

  • As the final days of their builds approach, the builders work to complete their cabins. Jeff Erickson helicopters in the remaining furniture for his cabin, Chris Sewell's team works hard through the night to get the interior floors installed at Judd Lake and Chappie's team pushes themselves to finish the cabin's ladders, kitchen and master bedroom at East Butterfly Lake.

  • As winter barrels down on Alaska, the builders scramble to complete their heating systems. Chappie must climb an extremely tall ladder to cut a hole in his roof, Jeff and his friend Andy build a hearth and Chris fixes a leak in his chimney so he can complete work indoors.

  • Chris gets some much needed help from family to work on his interior, a floatplane with engine problems brings Chappie's build site to a standstill and Jeff makes a critical error while building the water tank system for his cabin.

  • Jeff struggles with his front deck, Chappie's team finds a major error while building the exterior insulation and Chris Sewell runs out of building materials.

  • Chappie's team struggles to lift 600-pound rafters onto the cabin's roof. Then, Chris works on drying in his cabin while Jeff begins installing his cabin's windows.

  • Chappie Cook's team runs into bears and sinking boats while hauling scaffolding materials, Jeff Erickson carefully begins to construct his slippery roof and Chris Sewell works tirelessly to install all the timber walls of his cabin.

  • A SkyCrane helicopter delivers a whopping 17,000 pounds of materials for Chris Sewell's cabin kit, Jeff Erickson fights the pouring rain and cold temperatures to stay on schedule and Chappie Cook's crew struggles to lift 20-foot balloon walls without heavy equipment.

  • A new season of builders brave the Alaskan elements to construct off-the-grid cabins. Jeff Erickson takes on a challenging cliffside build, Chappie Cook's team struggles to get materials to the site without roads and first-time builder Chris Sewell faces some harsh realities about his foundation.

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