Meet the Builders

Get to know the builders of Building Alaska.

Chappie Cook

Chappie Cook grew up on a ranch in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, before moving to Alaska in 2004 to pursue his career in off-the-grid building. Besides being a builder, Chappie is also a craftsman, hunter, fisherman, snowmobiler and family man. His personal build is a 920-square-foot, two-story vacation cabin with a 180-square-foot deck.  

Jeff Erickson

Explorer Jeff Erickson has lived in Alaska for 24 years – boating, hiking, kayaking, fishing, back country skiing and building remote cabins. He owns a cliffside lodge that he rents to adventure seekers, and now he’s building an owner’s cabin 500 feet up the steep mountain, deep in the forest.

Chris Sewell

Chris Sewell is a first-time builder who moved to Alaska in 2007. A hobby pilot, Chris is building his young family’s dream remote cabin at a fly-in only location on Judd Lake. With the help of friends and family, Chris is building a 650-square-foot tongue and groove cabin with two bedrooms and a floating dock.

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