Alaska Construction News

New Multi-Family Home plan from Byler Contracting, in Wasilla

Posted on Wed, 09 May 2012

This new design by Byler Contracting incorporates the  cost savings of a single site, with the desirable lifestyle of single family120216 Split 4 plex web lg resized 600 homes. Perfect for Owner Occupants or extended families, this is an idea whose time has come. The rental market is healthy and this is a great opportunity to have the best of both world's.

This detached 4 plex plan is 4 homes with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and a 1 car garage on one lot, with one well and one septic system at a price of $425,000.


Contact us for more information on additional plans and prices.

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New Home Construction- Planning for Spring Building?

Posted on Tue, 20 Dec 2011

Now is a great time to start the process if you haven't already.

It is time to get prequalified with a lender. That will let you know if credit repair is needed, and it will give you a price range.  Most long term lenders offer online prequalification. If you prefer, you can make an appointment to pre-qualify in person with a lender. There are specific requirements for some lending programs that are unique to new construction. 

Byler Home Plan #10Once you have a price range, you can begin narrow down your house plan. Some builders will have plans available for you to look at. Before you do that it is a good idea to make a list of must have features. Things that you must have; things that would be nice; and things that are really just not that important to you. That will help you narrow down the choices to be made later.

Shopping for your builder can begin even before you are prequalified. Do your homework, check the builder out, look to see that they are properly licensed , bonded, or insured. Ask for recommendations, from real people who have worked with the builder. Ask builders if they have a list of references.

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Should you add a Fireplace to your new construction house plans?

Posted on Fri, 11 Nov 2011

Now that Winter has truly arrived, a nice warm fireplace or woodstove seems like a good idea. But is it really?

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Talk to your contractor when designing or building a new home, about adding a fireplace or other alternative heat source. Many of the Byler standard house plans have a fireplace option. It is a simple way to add warmth and value to your new home. 

Are you Ready to Begin the Building Process?

Posted on Fri, 28 Oct 2011

It is time to meet with your contractor...

             When the Mortgage Company has given you numbers to work with....

                         Knowing the lending program and financial details of your proposed mortgage allows you to shop with confidence for the home that you want. Let your lender know that you plan to build a "new Construction" home; not all mortgage programs are the same, and some have specific requirements for new construction.

             When you know what you want...

                        This includes your house plans, the lot/location of where you will build, and a time frame. It is easier to explain to someone else exactly what you want in a building design, if you are clear about it yourself. If you have specific needs, ie, no stairs, separated master bedroom, or a basement; make those needs clear.  Some modifications are easier and less costly than others. Make notes and write out any specific questions that you have, it will make your meeting more productive. Byler Pics 005edited resized 600

             You have a list of features that are must haves...

                        Decide up front what is most important to you, the granite countertops, or the upgraded trim package. Although some may seem like small things, they can play havoc with your building budget down the road.  Make sure all family members are in agreement on the priorities, building a new home is stressful enough without major disagreements in the construction of the house.

             When you are ready, drop us a line to set up an appointment for a meeting to discuss your new home.

Residential Construction Resources for Alaska Building

Posted on Tue, 27 Sep 2011

I admit that I am a bit of a information nerd. I like information, and I like to know enough about what is being discussed to be able to follow the conversation.  I do my homework, and try to stay ahead of the curve.  For those of you that are just a "little geeky" like me, and are planning on building a new home, A great resource for all of the detail that you could ever want is the Alaska Building Science Network.

describe the image When it comes to residential new construction in Alaska, there are some climate differences that just have to be considered. Check out the website for information on everything from  alternative energy use, to insulation, and venting. Great information to consider during your initial construction planning stages.

Byler has plans that are designed for our climate and for energy efficiency.

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"Dad's house on move in day!"

Posted on Mon, 19 Sep 2011

This is the story of a Grandfather who wanted to be closer to his grandchildren.  Priorities change over time, and at this time in his life, he just wanted to be as close as possible to the people he cares about.

The neighboring property was available, so, he called Byler Contracting, and after selecting his house plans (Master Plan 1- the Knik) in just a few weeks his new home was completed on the lot next door to his grand kids.

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This recently completed new home was just finished in the Kenai-Soldotna Area, and the happy new owner is moving in now.

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Build Your Home, "Construction Season" is not over!

Posted on Tue, 13 Sep 2011

Even though the traditional "Construction  Season"  of Summer is drawing to a close, it isn't over yet!  New home construction with Byler Contracting continues all over Alaska, with current residential projects in Kenai-Soldotna, Cordova, Marshal, and in Wasilla.

Along with residential properties, Byler is currently working on the new home of Excel Gymnastics  near Hyer Road and the Palmer-Wasilla Highway.   It is exciting to see so many commercial projects in progress in the Valley. Excel Drawing  Byler Contracting works all year round, but if your project is scheduled to begin next Spring, now is the perfect time to start the process.  Call if you assistance in how to begin the process.

Winter Construction Season

Posted on Mon, 22 Aug 2011

You don't have to wait for Spring, to have a new home built. An experienced builder, who is familiar with the Alaskan climate, Byler Contracting can build even in the Fall and Winter. Building methods and materials have changed drastically in the past few years. Now, even in residential building, construction can take place year round.

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If you are planning to have a new home built soon, there is no need to wait until Spring. Contact us, and we can get the project started now. Click me

Why Alaska Construction News Blog?

Posted on Mon, 20 Jun 2011

There are many things that you should know before you build a home. Alaska, especially has a unique building environment. Locations across the state have different building requirements and challenges. Such a vast area has many different climates within its borders, making  the challenges even greater.

Byler Contracting is currently doing housing projects in Wasilla, Marshall, Kenai-Soldatna, Chistochina, and Anchorage. Byler home plans can be adapted to suit most locations.

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This blog will be a resource for consumer education on those issues.   At any time if you have additional questions about any construction related subject, please email  for answers. Your question just may be something that everyone needs to know.   

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