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.
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.
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 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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