Glaciers, mountains, and the Northern Lights made Alaska famous. The state is bordered by Canada’s Yukon to the east; the Beaufort and Arctic Seas to the north; the Bering Strait and Sea to the west, and the Pacific Ocean on the south. Thanks to the state’s vibrant history and diverse population, homes are a product of the intersection of different cultures. While homes in Alaska, are a bit more expensive than in other less-populated states, with Zillow estimating a median home value of $310K, prices are expected to fall around 4% over the next year, and prices drop outside of larger cities.
With the blistering cold that Alaskans endure, most homes in the state are cabin-like and made out of timber, keeping them warm on long cold nights. However, steel and glass homes became more popular in the 20th century, and there are other varied styles of home, including Russian Colonial, Queen Anne, Neoclassical Revival, Tudor Revival, and Art Moderne.
In this list, homeowners in Alaska will find 12 of the best general contractors, evaluated for quality of work and customer service; many are highly-accoladed firms, belonging to various highly-regarded organizations. All of these contractors will be able to ensure that homes will stay safe and sound, even on Alaska’s most unfavorable weather conditions.
11) Taylored Restoration
8535 Dimond D Circle, Anchorage, AK 99515
Larry and Elaine Taylor established Taylored Restoration in 1972. After two decades, the company expanded its operations to the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and to Fairbanks. Presently, the couple has stepped down as principals to give way to their children, Lisa Brest and Trent Taylor. The firm is one of the few National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)-certified remodelers in Alaska, displaying an industry-wide trust in the quality of the firm’s work. In addition, the company specializes in repairing damages from nature, as well as from vandalism.
The company’s style is based in traditional; the team is fond of using wooden materials, mixed with the use of modest colors, particularly earth tones. Taylored Restoration’s interiors display a Craftsman style, with the heavy use of warm colors, perfect for the Alaskan weather.
10) Alborn Construction
118 E. International Airport Rd, Anchorage, AK 99503
Beginning in 2001, Adam Alborn and his company have taken care of homes and commercial establishments in the areas of Anchorage and Eagle River. The company takes pride in its family-owned branding and its wide-ranging network of professionals, subcontractors, architects, and engineers. For over 17 years, the company has completed dozens of projects, from homes to businesses and government agencies.
The company features Cabin-style works with lofty structures and durable materials. The layout of the homes are often non-traditional; slanting ceilings and asymmetrical facades feature prominently. Quartz and marble tops are paired with Auburn and Mocha-colored timber. These well-thought-out changes allow homes to feel like an upgraded cabin, proven to be reliable and functional in colder terrains like that of Alaska.
9) Heritage General Contracting
275 Richardson Hwy, Delta Junction, AK 99737
With an extensive portfolio of work for various industries such as aviation, public works, and military, Heritage General Contracting has established itself as a go-to name regarding general contracting and repairs. However, the firm’s merit also comes with its impressive residential contracting works. Since being certified by the State of Alaska with Residential Contractor Endorsement, the company is one of the most sought-after contractors in the state.
One of Heritage General Contracting’s featured works is a cabin at Birch Lake. This elegant elevated cabin sits at the very shore of the lake. The exterior of the home is simple and rustic, done in light wood. The various elements of the construction combine to create a home that is a solace from harsh weather outside—but the beautiful snow and lake are still viewable through large glass windows and a modern glass front door.
8) Urban d’ECO Development
829 Oceanview Dr, Anchorage AK 99515
With over 30 years of experience in design and construction, Ted Stinson and Urban d’ECO Development found success in residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects in the Anchorage area. Stinson earned a degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. The firm also has ties with the Project Management Institute at the university.
Unlike most firms on this list, Urban d’ECO Development works on contemporary- and modern-styled homes; progressive features and approaches in architecture can often be found in the firm’s work. Open floor plans are often employed to seamlessly blend different rooms of the home; asymmetrical facades with sharp edges and geometric figures are created with concrete. This lake house at Grand Lake in Anchorage, one of the firm’s featured works, is a multi-level contemporary home with a tasteful mixture of rough minerals, concrete, and large windows. Open space on the lower level can accommodate gatherings to watch the Alaskan night sky.
7) Hawkinson Construction
7700 Hillside Way, Anchorage AK. 99516
Hawkinson Construction, a specialist in luxury homes, has been in the industry for over 50 years, spanning three generations of family management. The firm is currently headed by the founder’s eldest son, who will pass the firm down to his son upon retirement.
Hawkinson Construction provides a luxury touch to the common Alaskan ranch. The company’s style combines modern and Ranch styles, featuring upgrade yet traditional cabin homes. The Hobbit House, as shown above, is a complex home divided into three sections. Different shades of timber deepen the texture of the home, and various walkways and paths enable the house to blend seamlessly into the outdoor landscape.
6) Strong Construction
37675 Old Sterling Hwy, Anchor Point, AK 99556-9450
Strong Construction has been in operation for more than 30 years. With a strong focus on woodwork, the company offers timber frame builds, renovation, and remodeling. The firm is certified by National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as a Certified Green Professional.
Strong Construction combines contemporary and Bungalow elements. Homes have low elevation and a straightforward layout. Minerals, timber, and porcelain accents are used for detail work. Wooden details vary in hue and intensity; tawny, auburn, and walnut shades are often used. Large windows and doors are partnered with generous storage systems. All of these elements combine to form a space that is practical and elegant. The firm is also known for its quirky countertops and staircases; uncommon shapes make everyday objects such as countertops and staircases unique and personal.
5) Sound Contracting
148 Holmgren Pl, Girdwood, Alaska 99587
Sound Contracting has been providing services to Girdwood, Anchorage, and the surrounding areas for more than 15 years. The firm provides a full range of general contracting services, considering the cold climate in every design. Sound Contracting is also a member of Anchorage Home Builders Association (AHBA) and the Girdwood Chamber of Commerce.
The firm’s work can be described as a fusion of colonial and modern style; metal beams and columns are often present, as is detailed woodwork. Many of the firm’s homes have high ceilings and a spacious interior layout. The company also uses many earth tones, which match well with darker accents. Organic shapes and decorations add richness; large windows enable natural lighting to penetrate the space, and the multi-level layout ties all of the design elements together seamlessly into the natural landscape.
6623 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, AK 99507
Re-Bath Alaska is part of Re-Bath, a nationwide bathroom remodeling franchise network. The Re-Bath franchise network spans over 43 states across the country, completing more than a million bathrooms in its more than 27 years of operations. Chris Bailey joined Re-Bath Alaska seven years ago as a design consultant. Today he owns the Alaska Re-Bath franchise, which specializes in complete bathroom remodeling, tub and shower updates and aging an accessibility solutions.
Re-Bath remodels are inspired by four design styles: Traditional, Transitional, Rustic and Contemporary. Chris and his team handle every aspect of the remodeling process from design consultation through installation. They partner with well-known brands to offer a variety of materials, fixtures, finishes and carry Re-Bath’s own line of proprietary products. Re-Bath offers the consumer an effortless process from design to done for a bathroom they’re sure to love!
3) Homan Incorporated
12741 Iris Way, Eagle River, AK
NARI Graduate Master Remodeler Chuck Homan founded Homan Incorporated in 1978. For over 40 years, the company, which serves the Chugiak and Eagle River communities, has received accolades and important certifications. AHBA awarded Homan the Builder of the Year award in 2015. The firm is also accredited by NARI.
Homan is one of the few firms in Alaska that uses Cape Cod and French techniques. Symmetrical facades and low elevation are at the heart of each design. Superior woodwork enables the company to create homes that are truly Alaskan. Bolted timber in Tawny and Pecan tones are paired with dark accents. The overall atmosphere created by Homan’s designs is comforting and calm.
2) Trailboss Solutions
3330 C. Street #100, Anchorage, AK 99503
Trailboss Solutions has only been in business for eleven years, but its founder, Scott Allen, brings over two decades of experience to the firm. Previously, Allen was the President and CEO of KIC Associates. This expertise in the industry has led to Trailboss being named one of Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 Contractors from 2010 to 2013. The firm has also been commended by Alaska’s Best Kitchens. The firm is accredited by AHBA, Mat-Su Home Builders Association, National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and National Association of Home Builders.
Both traditional and contemporary motifs characterize the work of the firm. Neutral and soft colors provide a balanced and welcoming atmosphere. Ornaments and artwork used additional texture to the visual appeal of the homes; rich layers invoke a Colonial and Craftsman design. The overall impression of Trailboss’s homes is that of softness, elegance, and comfort.
1) Treeline Construction
6511 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, AK 99507
Treeline Construction, family-run for two decades, is operated by fourth-generation Alaskans, Jeannine and Derrick Jabaay. The firm has evolved from a landscaping service to a full design-build remodeling business. They were featured in the Anchorage Daily News’ MAKING IT series last year. The company aims to be a member of its local community supporting non-profit groups such as Challenge Alaska, Frontline Missions, CPC Pregnancy Center, and Youth With a Mission. Treeline offers a Price Match Guarantee policy, which obliges the company to pay the client if it does not match or beat the asking price of other contractors.
Treeline Construction is a Certified Green Professional and takes pride in impeccable design and craftsmanship. The 40-person team uses superlative woodwork and outstanding products to create beautiful Alaskan homes. The firm is well known for outdoor decks, which tie beautifully into the Alaskan lifestyle. In the home featured here, the Treeline deck complements the form of the home. Large windows seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor elements. Treeline Construction is fond of mixing contemporary and cabin styles, which allows the home to feel like an extension of the outside space. This is a respectful nod to the Alaskan environment and lifestyle.