Building Alaska Introduction

Three men risk all to carve out homes in Alaska's unforgiving wilderness.

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What does it take to build in one of the most remote and rugged areas on the planet? We follow daring individuals who set out to construct their dream properties in the obscure Alaskan wilderness. With no roads and no building supply centers, you have to get creative when you're Building Alaska.
Season 8, Episode 8

Sky's the Limit

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.

Monday
Jan 13
3pm | 2c
Season 9, Episode 1

Shaky Ground

Three new build teams arrive to their build sites and begin work on their unique cabins in the remote Alaskan wilderness. Josh Tousignant and his crew make the long trip to Cordova to begin building the foundation for their clients' two-story cabin. John Donkersloot and Heather Rough oversee delivery of two 40-foot shipping containers for their cabin's foundation on a mountain build site in Seward. Finally, float plane pilot Chris Maynard and his crew fly out build materials and install helical piers for his cabin's foundation on Trinity Lake.

Monday
Jan 13
4pm | 3c
Season 9, Episode 2

Anything Can Go Wrong

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.

Monday
Jan 13
5pm | 4c
Season 9, Episode 3

Moving on to Plan X-ray

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.

Monday
Jan 13
6pm | 5c
Season 9, Episode 4

Up High Without a Net

Chris Maynard and team prepare for two intense helicopter deliveries of roof rafters, and Greg precariously scales a raised rake wall to nail it into place. John and Heather are finishing the roof by installing insulation and metal sheeting when the forklift won't shift gears and threatens to knock over their timber frame. Josh and his team work from jagged pallets and rickety ladders late into the night to finish the three gable walls for Keith and Kathleen's cabin.

Monday
Jan 13
7pm | 6c
Season 9, Episode 6

A Fort in the Woods

John Donkersloot and Heather Rough's build is put on pause as they try to figure out how to install their drywall without covering their timber frame. A new team member comes to their rescue to help them finish framing their walls, and they get a late delivery of lumber to finally finish the decking system. Chris Maynard's windows spin violently in the air during delivery, Joe and Duane install the metal roofing tin on a steep slope, and the team works on finishing the insulation and tongue and groove walls before Chris runs out of time and money. Between the rain flooding the inside of the cabin and bears eating their supplies on-site, Josh Tousignant and his team also have to contend with breaking tools and winter looming, so Josh hires additional crew to help him finish the roof system, dormers and deck.

Monday
Jan 13
8pm | 7c
Season 9, Episode 7

Not For Beginners

Time is running out for the builders to complete their projects. At Trinity Lake, Chris Maynard gets help installing solar panels and sets up cameras to watch for bears while Greg and Ivan work quickly to finish the interior tongue and groove paneling for the cabin's roof. Outside Cordova, Josh Tousignant works on the custom log stairs as Jeremy takes his time to precisely cut and build the cabin's custom windows. On Mt. Ascension, John Donkersloot and Heather Rough's build site is flooded, and they must rebuild the road to their cabin. Later, a window doesn't fit, and too much pressure on freshly built custom concrete countertops causes problems.

Monday
Jan 13
9pm | 8c
Season 5, Episode 10

Alaskan Mobile Home

Builder Mike Williams falls further behind schedule due to wet weather and unforseen obstacles in Eagle Song. On Shelter Island, builders Dave Bartlett and Hans Moser get a surprise visit and much needed help to finish the cabin, but they still need to make a trip to town in order to complete the build. Builder Adam Tschappat disassembles his cabin at the log yard and begins transporting it to his build site in the Wrangell Mountains.

Monday
Jan 13
10pm | 9c
Season 5, Episode 11

The Big Lift

Builder Mike Williams and his team get the rafters and roofing underway on his cabin but with no lack of challenges in Eagle Song. On Shelter Island, builders Dave Bartlett and Hans Moser are on their own with setting the extremely heavy ridge beam until help arrives. Builder Adam Tschappat successfully transports all of his logs to his build site in the Wrangell Mountains and gets the massive floor to the cabin laid out.

Monday
Jan 13
11pm | 10c
Season 9, Episode 6

A Fort in the Woods

John Donkersloot and Heather Rough's build is put on pause as they try to figure out how to install their drywall without covering their timber frame. A new team member comes to their rescue to help them finish framing their walls, and they get a late delivery of lumber to finally finish the decking system. Chris Maynard's windows spin violently in the air during delivery, Joe and Duane install the metal roofing tin on a steep slope, and the team works on finishing the insulation and tongue and groove walls before Chris runs out of time and money. Between the rain flooding the inside of the cabin and bears eating their supplies on-site, Josh Tousignant and his team also have to contend with breaking tools and winter looming, so Josh hires additional crew to help him finish the roof system, dormers and deck.

Tuesday
Jan 14
12am | 11c
Season 9, Episode 7

Not For Beginners

Time is running out for the builders to complete their projects. At Trinity Lake, Chris Maynard gets help installing solar panels and sets up cameras to watch for bears while Greg and Ivan work quickly to finish the interior tongue and groove paneling for the cabin's roof. Outside Cordova, Josh Tousignant works on the custom log stairs as Jeremy takes his time to precisely cut and build the cabin's custom windows. On Mt. Ascension, John Donkersloot and Heather Rough's build site is flooded, and they must rebuild the road to their cabin. Later, a window doesn't fit, and too much pressure on freshly built custom concrete countertops causes problems.

Tuesday
Jan 14
1am | 12c
Season 5, Episode 10

Alaskan Mobile Home

Builder Mike Williams falls further behind schedule due to wet weather and unforseen obstacles in Eagle Song. On Shelter Island, builders Dave Bartlett and Hans Moser get a surprise visit and much needed help to finish the cabin, but they still need to make a trip to town in order to complete the build. Builder Adam Tschappat disassembles his cabin at the log yard and begins transporting it to his build site in the Wrangell Mountains.

Tuesday
Jan 14
2am | 1c
Season 5, Episode 11

The Big Lift

Builder Mike Williams and his team get the rafters and roofing underway on his cabin but with no lack of challenges in Eagle Song. On Shelter Island, builders Dave Bartlett and Hans Moser are on their own with setting the extremely heavy ridge beam until help arrives. Builder Adam Tschappat successfully transports all of his logs to his build site in the Wrangell Mountains and gets the massive floor to the cabin laid out.

Tuesday
Jan 14
3am | 2c
Season 7, Episode 7

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.

Monday
Feb 3
6am | 5c
Season 7, Episode 8

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.

Monday
Feb 3
7am | 6c
Season 8, Episode 1

Keeping Morale Up

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.

Monday
Feb 3
8am | 7c
Season 8, Episode 2

Progress Is Messy

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.

Monday
Feb 3
9am | 8c
Season 8, Episode 3

Going Vertical

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.

Monday
Feb 3
10am | 9c
Season 8, Episode 4

Rain Gear Is Going On

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.

Monday
Feb 3
11am | 10c
Season 8, Episode 5

Game Changer

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.

Monday
Feb 3
12pm | 11c
Season 8, Episode 6

A Toy Set for Big Kids

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.

Monday
Feb 3
1pm | 12c
Season 3, Episode 1

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 begin construction on a fishing retreat near Anchorage, a ski hut close to Valdez and a getaway log cabin in the remote southeast corner of 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.

Monday
Feb 10
6am | 5c
Season 3, Episode 2

A Helicopter Drop, the Art of Scribing, and a Thousand-Dollar Mistake

The challenges of building homes in remote Alaska continues as Lee orchestrates a massive eighteen-load helicopter drop to deliver the equipment and supplies he'll need to build a two-story cabin on Bulchitna Lake. Elsewhere, Derek handcrafts logs with a scriber and begins the tedious process of cataloging each piece of wood that will eventually be helicoptered over to his build site. Plus, Tony forgets a crucial item back in town that sets him back over a thousand dollars.

Monday
Feb 10
7am | 6c
Season 3, Episode 3

Destructive Forces

Tony Malone's crew outside of Haines, Alaska, get a visit from a hungry bear. Builder Lee Raymond faces challenges when working closely with family. Derek Galbraith reveals the tragic story behind the heli-skiing industry in Valdez, Alaska.

Monday
Feb 10
8am | 7c
Season 3, Episode 4

Dangerous Delays

Tony's log cabin getaway is shut down after heavy rains make work too dangerous to continue, while a miscalculation at Lee's two story house on Bulchitna Lake has the crew enraged, and Derek takes his crew fishing on the Copper River basin with the area's only female river guide to reward them for a job well done as their ski hut project continues to thrive.

Monday
Feb 10
9am | 8c
Season 3, Episode 5

Ninja Framer

Challenges persist on the build sites as Lee brings in a pinch hitter they call the Ninja Framer to get his client's project back on schedule. Derek's crew struggles to work on the ski hut through an infestation of mosquitoes, and Tony discovers an expensive mistake that sends him back to the saw yard to cut new logs for his remote cabin getaway.

Monday
Feb 10
10am | 9c

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