Alaska Home Building Information

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Building a home in Alaska is a dream for many who want to live in the Last Frontier, but there are several potential issues to consider before building a home. Alaska has many regional challenges that must be met.

Permafrost

  • Anyone considering building a home in Alaska must understand Permafrost, which is ground that stays frozen all year long, and how it changes the design of a home. A large number of homes in parts of Alaska are actually a few feet off the ground, as are most cabins. This design helps prevent heat from going into the ground and melting permafrost, which can result in a sinking foundation.

Heating Considerations

  • Winters are long in Alaska, especially in the Interior and Arctic. Anyone building a house must decide upfront what type of heating to use, keeping in mind that while wood sounds like a good idea at first, winter lasts from September to early May in Fairbanks.

Plumbing

  • Plumbing can be an issue because Alaska does not have the same infrastructure as many other states. Many younger people find an outhouse that gets emptied a couple times a year suitable, but options exist for putting in a water tank and septic tank. This requires payments to bring in water and to empty sewage, but many are willing to pay for these conveniences.

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  • Photo Credit Alaska home image by Silke Wolff from Fotolia.com
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