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Here is what Amber said about Straight Ahead Construction

“We were very happy with the bathroom remodel Straight Ahead construction did for us. The bathroom turned out beautifully. It was done on time, and within budget. We hope to hire them again for future projects”

– Amber Lincoln Fairbanks, Alaska

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Jeremy and Dianna’s review of Fairbanks Alaska contractor and bathroom remodel

“Mike and the crew from Straight Ahead Construction did a bathroom remodel for me.  Our bathroom is on the small side and Mike put a lot of thought in how to maximize the usable space that we have.  The final result has been great and it really does feel like a bigger bathroom becasue of the thought put into the layout.  The crew was efficient, professional and did an outstanding job.  I would recommend them to anyone, particularly for custom jobs where you need a professionals advise.” 

– Jeremy Douse and Dianna Lienberger

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Post and pad foundation replacement on permafrost in Fairbanks, Alaska

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Like many cabins and homes in Fairbanks built by rushed homeowners, attention to the foundation detail was lacking on this one.  Attention owner/ builders: when your friend’s advice is to take your time and do your foundation correctly do it!

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The problem here was many fold. Each length of bean were three separate pieces poorly tied together with small nail plates on one side. The floor joists were not continuous either and butted together on the center beam underneath which adds to the complexity of replacing the beam.

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We took steel I beams and prepped them for placement underneath.

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I beams were placed on cribs we built underneath.

Tell your people that we adjust and/or level homes on poor foundations in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Kitchen remodel for non comforming space

This Cripple Creek habin (house/cabin or cabin with running water) needed a little makeover starting with chopping out this log beam.  We were not sure what it was doing there to begin with.

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We also eliminated the walk through into the smaller area beside the existing kitchen so it would add to the kitchen footprint.  The wall was replaced with two doug fir posts and a doug fir glulam.


Looking the other direction, this photo was taken just after the beam was removed from above.

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DSC00285In this final photo we are looking into the added space from above that has had some color splashed on the wall. This one is still under construction with special order items on the way.  Stay tuned for more…

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When mushrooms eat through your roof….

While I was working on this home with my crew the owner told me the roof leaked. From the ground it looked like there was nothing wrong. I jumped up on the roof and after a minute found tht in one section there were mushrooms growing through the shingles every couple feet.



Just wish I had better pictures.


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Building a concrete bridge

I could not help myself from snapping this photo of these men working on a bamboo bridge under the concrete bridge. Old school bridge building

I can’t remember the last time I saw a concrete bridge being built, certainly not one where the concrete was hand mixed. You really need to enlarge the image to get a feel for the craftsmanship.

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We are locally owned, licensed, bonded, insured Fairbanks, Alaska remodeler and general contractor.


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Bathroom vapor barrier and electrical remodel

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Bathrooms are difficult to photograph without a doubt. The main issue in this bathroom was freezing supply lines to the sink and shower and a poor layout.  fairbanks alaska remodel contactor

And really, really, really ##$#%!#$ wiring.

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I made a 9′ counter that has ~6′ of open space between the sink and washer and dryer.  Perfect for diaper changing and folding clothes with storage below.kitchen counter Fairbanks Alaska

We also vapor barriered the old wall and built a 2×4 wet wall inside the exterior wall which now holds the breaker box in plane with the wall (see above for old set up) and gives us a place to run supply lines inside the vapor barrier.

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Again, not easy to photograph but you can see the new layout improves use of space.

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Note: Our bathroom remodels do include bathroom sinks, I just did not get a photo bc Monkeywrench Mechanical came and installed it after we left.


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