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.
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.
All three builds are running behind schedule and must rush to get ahead. John and Heather build a water catchment system but discover they aren't getting enough water pressure, Chris Maynard's windows are delivered by helicopter in a dilapidated crate that swings violently in the wind, and Josh comes dangerously close to tipping over his forklift and knocking over a gable wall.
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.
The builders are in the final push to finish their cabins before winter strikes and forces them to shut down. Josh Tousignant and his team fight the rain and wind to install the wood stove and finish the roofing tin before clients Keith and Kathleen take over to finish their cabin's interior. Chris Maynard and his wife rush to install the kitchen counters and furniture before their extended family arrives for the first time. John Donkersloot and Heather Rough struggle to finish both the exterior and interior of their cabin before the snow falls and their build season is over.
Three men set out to build three cabins in remote areas of the Alaskan Frontier. They will make preparations in the harsh Alaskan winter and race against time, the bitter cold, and the wilderness to complete their builds. Using their various skills sets and techniques, three different cabins will be constructed that will all need to hold up in some of the most harsh conditions in the world.
The three builders each face their own forms of adversity. Lee Raymond is struggling to get back on track after losing a month to bad weather and an impassable semi-frozen Quiet Lake. At the Matanuska Glacier, Chuck Gerwig has had perfect weather, but most of his labor is due to leave once fishing season starts in less than a month. And Jim Wagner has finished, numbered, and taken down his cabin in Gustavus, but now begins the arduous 500 mile transport to Chicken that will include two ferry rides, 2 border crossings and hopefully enough supplies to finish the re-build before winter sets in.
After battling the tragedy of the loss of his righthand man, Ryan Beachy, Chuck Gerwig is back in the saddle and ready to finish the job that he and Ryan started months earlier. 312 miles northeast in Chicken, Alaska, Jim Wagner and crew are at a near standstill due to a nonstop rain that has turned their man-made road into an impassible swamp. And with a concrete truck due any minute, will they be able to get it fixed before they risk losing any hope of getting the foundation poured? Finally, Lee Raymond has been fighting the same weather since he started and he's still behind. Now he's losing his number one crew to college, so his final push will have to be with a brand new crew that can afford no errors.
As the days get shorter and colder, and snow is visible on the highest peaks, the builders frantically race to get their homes sealed in. Chuck Gerwig suffered a huge blow earlier in the summer with the loss of his righthand man, and now his ten hour days are up to twelve and its starting to show. Barely keeping in front of his subcontractors, one small mistake could mean not finishing. In Chicken, Jim Wagner's organizational luck has just run out. His flooring is four bundles short. So, with everything shutting down for the winter in a week, he's got to decide whether or not to make the half day journey to the lumberyard, which is no guarantee, or finish the roof before snow flies. Finally, at remote Quiet Lake, Lee Raymond's son "high speed, no grease" Aaron, is scrambling to get the roofing on before the snow. But the constant rain mixed with Aaron's speed has created a very slick situation and Aaron just can't hold on.
Winter has arrived and the race is over. It's time for each of our builders to come to terms with their end games as they pack up and head home for the season. To say this year has been a challenge would be an understatement. From lakes, to glaciers, to areas savaged by fire, nothing was immune from Alaska's hostile nature. Whether that came in the form of brutal weather, extreme fatigue, or even death, it had to be endured and overcome. And although the men, their homes and the sites were vastly different, they all can lay claim to the same victory in surviving Alaska's wrath. Now is the time to shutter in, rest, and take stock in what matters for in just a few short months the season will change again and usher in a new chapter of Building Alaska.
Three new couples challenge the Alaskan elements. Mike and Kathleen Kondus build atop a windy tundra, first-time builders Mike and Teresa Oldenkamp construct a complex cabin and Paige Drobny and Cody Strathe create a dog-training facility on haunted land.
Mike and Kathleen begin on the foundation, but their nail gun goes on the fritz and the posts aren't level. Dog mushers Paige and Cody run low on supplies. Mike and Teresa work on their foundation with a damaged excavator.
Mike and Teresa begin building their walls, but the winch is more dangerous than they realized. Paige and Cody use a boom truck, forcing the team to work extra cautiously. Mike and Kathleen find a nasty surprise at the bottom of the mountain.