Testimonials

“Great job, wonderful communications, great crew. on time and on budget. Was a fun project, and we are very happy.” (See full testimonial and project here)

-Charles Bettisworth Fairbanks, AK


“Mike Knoche and crew were top notch every step of the way.  They were very reliable and professional and communicated with us throughout the project….It was obvious from day one that our choice of contractor for the project was a good one.” (Read the full testimonial and see projects here)

-Joe & Mary Sheehan Fairbanks, AK


“Many THANKS to Straight Ahead Construction for a job well done!  Mike and his team are talented and professional, delivering top-quality finished work.  Excellent communication throughout the project and completed on time!  You can’t beat this construction company – Straight Ahead Construction is the team to pick for your next construction project!”

-Rich & Vicki Holladay North Pole, Alaska


Straight Ahead Construction does a great job! Mike and his crew are very hard working, courteous, and experienced. We truly enjoyed having them working on our home – after so many weeks they were almost like family.

Most importantly, they did a great job of working with us. Mike agreed to meet with us even though he had a nearly full schedule. We had a fairly large remodel planned and Mike listened carefully to our needs. He found a way to make our plans work on our timeline, when other contractors turned us down.

He gave us realistic estimates for the work, his crew was always on time and cleaned up every day before they went home. When changes needed to be made, we discussed options and knew the costs before moving forward.

The end result was a beautiful new kitchen, dining room, master bedroom, master bath and much more, completed on time. We look forward to having them back soon to complete the rest of our remodel plans.

Without hesitation, I’d recommend Straight Ahead Construction to anyone looking for a reliable, fair, skilled and courteous contractor.

-Robert and Kirsten B Fairbanks, Alaska


“Mike, you and your crew have blown me away!”

-L. Toth Fairbanks, AK


“…Mike had excellent suggestions on design and local materials which looked great in the finished home. The fact that the team at Straight Ahead was really easy to communicate with and when they said “this will get done on ______ day” it was done on that day and it looked great….It can be stressful to put your home in someone else’s hands,but we really wanted a professional look and that’s what we got with Mike and Straight Ahead. ” (See the full testimonial and project here)

-Ed and Alisa Alexander Fairbanks, AK


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“The crew was reliable, with no delays or stall-outs, and I was impressed with their attention to detail and the overall quality of the workmanship…SAC was easy to do business with and there was no nonsense when it came to the billing…SAC did a terrific job on our house.” (Read the full testimonial and project here)

-J.J. Frost Fairbanks, Alaska


“You have dressed my house for success. Thank you so much for your vision”

– B. Anderson Fairbanks, Alaska


“There seemed to be a good game plan, and their work was well orchestrated. I was very pleased with the level of professionalism and good communication throughout the process.”

-Daniel Clift Fairbanks, Alaska


“Professional. Skilled. Organized. Helpful. Super creative and fun to work with!”

-Adam Ottavi Fairbanks, Alaska


Mike Knoche and crew at Straight Ahead Construction did a top notch job remodeling our bathroom. It was a complete remodel to the studs and we couldn’t be happier. Through the whole process, Mike was helpful in choosing options in regard to materials, colors, fixtures, and trim. We will definitely be choosing Straight Ahead Construction for other jobs in the future.

-Tony and Michelle Westmoreland Fairbanks, AK


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Mike Knoche and his crew at Straight Ahead Construction LLC did a fantastic job remodeling our kitchen. They listened to and addressed our concerns, gave a lot of valuable suggestions, and did a great job overall. We love our new kitchen and bathroom! I highly recommend Mike and his crew!

-Abby Powell Fairbanks, AK


“I am a shy, private person, and it is very stressful for me to have people working in my house. Everyone on the crews who worked at our house was so patient and accommodating, so easy for me to talk to and collaborate with on ideas and plans, and good at explaining to me what needed to be done and why. It is obvious that their work is excellent.” (See the full testimonial here)

-S. S. Fairbanks, Alaska


“Straight Ahead Construction does excellent work. They transformed a small guest room into a quite lovely stairway that meets all the requirements for stairs for older folks.”

-Fran Tannian Fairbanks, Alaska


“Straight Ahead Construction was very flexible and helped us achieve our goal within our budget. We were very pleased and will continue to call Mike for future projects.”

-Tori Leshuk Fairbanks, Alaska


“Mike and his crew were reliable, skilled in their trades and good communicators. I have referred several of my client’s projects to Straight Ahead Construction with confidence that they are the general contractor that will do it right, on time and within budget.” (See full testimonial here)

-Karla Zervos Founder, Lifespan Home Modifications, Fairbanks, Alaska


“Mike’s calm flexibility in arranging schedules, helping to choose material, and make adjustments as needed was appreciated. The craftmanship with tile and his advice on aesthetic details adds that extra touch. Thanks Straight Ahead Construction, LLC!” (See the full testimonial here)

-Laurie and Karsten Hueffer Ester, Alaska


“Straight Ahead has done it again for me! It’s the attention to detail that I really love about their work… Straight Ahead Construction is 5 star Excellence. They will continue to be first on my list to call for future projects. Thank you!!!

-Sue Royston  Fairbanks, Alaska


“Michael Knoche was either working through details with my wife with regular face-to-face communications, doing work himself, or hustling supplies to meet needs for the ADA stairs project.”

-Neal Brown Fairbanks, Alaska


“We were very happy with the bathroom remodel Straight Ahead Construction LLC 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 for our Fairbanks home”

-Amber Lincoln Fairbanks, Alaska


“Mike and the crew from Straight Ahead Construction LLC 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 because 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 advice.”

-Jeremy and Dianna Fairbanks, Alaska


During the summer I had the pleasure of having home improvement projects completed by Straight Ahead Construction. It was truly a pleasure to work with Mike and his crew; the work was done professionally and in a timely fashion! I would gladly hire Straight Ahead Construction to do work for me in the future.

-Cindy Straiger Fairbanks, Alaska


“I echo all of the positive testimonials supporting Mike Knoche and Straight Ahead Construction: quality craftsmanship, good listener and communicator, friendly and consistent, efficient, creative, straight forward, and a capable, caring contractor. Mike earned all these accolades the old-fashioned way: he’s a damn hard worker who takes his craft seriously and listens to his clients and stays within budget.
Highly recommended general contractor in Fairbanks, Alaska.”

-Jeff Stepp Ester, Alaska


“Mike and his crew were simply excellent to work with and I couldn’t be happier with the job they did… Extremely knowledgeable, professional, efficient, and competent, yet always willing to learn from and investigate new options, Mike was a true pleasure to work with. Plus, everyone I interacted with at Straight Ahead Construction were genuinely nice people… exactly the type of folks I look forward to doing business with again. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.”

-Travis Booms Goldstream Valley, Alaska


“Straight Ahead Construction did a custom bathroom remodel in Fairbanks, Alaska for me. I needed to have a more disabled access bathroom (ADA) prior to knee replacement surgery. Within just a couple of weeks I had a beautiful new bathroom with a walk-in shower and custom made bench.” (See full testimonial here)

-Felicia Musick Goldstream Valley, Alaska


“All the work was done in a friendly and consistent way that let my family and I focus on other things this summer. Thank you for making it happen!“ (see full testimonial and project here)

-Maya S. Fox, Alaska


“…Plumbers, electricians, painters, etc., were all lined up and ready to begin work as soon as needed. From the beginning of the project to the end, Mike worked with us to ensure that we stayed within budget while getting as many home improvements and little luxuries as possible…Mike was always available for a quick consult or to share his creative flair and expertise…I very much appreciated that the house and yard were kept as clean and neat as possible given the scope of work.” (see the full testimonial and project here)

-Linda and Mark Harriger Fairbanks, Alaska


“Thanks to the Straight Ahead crew for their straight forward communication and hard work in framing our new home!”

-Christie Shell and George G. Ester, Alaska


“Mike Knoche and his team did a great job! Mike and his team quickly repaired our home and came in under budget!”

-Lisa Graham Fairbanks, Alaska


“My initial contact with Mike made me feel I had found a capable, caring contractor. I am extremely pleased with the final product! For sure, Mike Knoche will be the first I call on the next big project.”

-Anne Holladay Fairbanks, Alaska


“This spring we did a two bathroom remodels. They did a good job of keeping everything tidy. I would not hesitate to call them again for other projects!!”

-Linda Mullen Fairbanks, Alaska


“Straight Ahead Construction Delivers! Quality craftsmanship, on time delivery, and a man of integrity at the helm describe a business that turned my bathroom into a gem! Thanks Mike for your work and for coming in at bid for my bathroom remodel! Awesome! My only worry is that word is going to get out and the demand for Straight Ahead will go through the roof for this Fairbanks, Alaska general contractor….I want this guy back for my next project”

-John Purcell Fairbanks, Alaska


“Thanks for all your great work, Mike! We are totally loving our 2 newly remodeled bathrooms and look forward to having you do our kitchen remodel in the future. This was our first time having a home remodel and your patience with our many questions, creative direction, and skilled labor has been a very positive experience for us.”

-George and Candy Rydlinski North Pole, Alaska


“Mike. Thanks again. It is a fantastic tile shower surround. A real pleasure palace. So bright and big and very cool visually.
-J. Williamson Ester, Alaska


“We recently hired Mike Knoche and his crew at Straight Ahead Construction to put a three-story addition on our home.  Mike and his crew were great to work with.   Our project included excavation and pouring of a foundation, plumbing to a new bathroom, and expansion of the heating system.  We wanted to do some of the work ourselves, which Mike readily accommodated.  After talking with Mike, we drafted much of the design documents, and we are doing the flooring and finish work.

We started working with Mike nine months before breaking ground by conferring on the construction diagrams.  While we had a vision for the overall design, Mike made sure we had proper wall dimensions, the plan would accommodated plumbing and mechanicals, offered advice on general design considerations, and ensured that the documents were suitable for construction.

Throughout the construction, Mike was reliable and conscientious.  He took care to communicate timelines, alert us to delays, and keep us informed.  Mike and his crew did a good job of staying on schedule, even during a particularly wet summer, which created numerous challenges.  Mike’s crew was friendly and easy to get along with.  The cost was reasonable and came in very close to the projected cost, the only exceptions being changes we requested and the need to repair a cave-in caused by all the rain.

The addition is beautiful and functioning well.  The bathroom is particularly nice.  Mike suggested we consider a curbless shower, and we were skeptical at first, but now we think it was the best possible choice.  The tile work is lovely and the open design dries quickly and is easy to keep clean.  Working with Straight Ahead Construction was very rewarding and we recommend them highly.”

-Diane Wagner and Jay Jones Fairbanks, AK


“Friendly, helpful and professional. Our home remodel was done in a timely manner and he really listened to what we wanted. Very knowledgeable and skilled.”

-Jessica and Josh Bennet Fairbanks, Alaska


“I like Mike. He does what he says he is going to do, and as scheduled. Accountability means a lot in the home construction world – and he can be depended upon. ”

-Cat Stephenson Ester, Alaska


“I’m practically speechless. The new stairs and hand rail are so beautiful and give my log home exactly what was needed to make it a “pretty picture”. I am so happy with it and thank you Straight Ahead crew for making it happen for me within the time frame that I needed it done. I had no idea my home deck could look this AWESOME! I hope you will be available for other projects in the future, I enjoyed working with you both and am thankful to have found a Fairbanks contractor who is professional, reliable and ethical. Thanks again for the great job you did!!”

-Sue Royston Fairbanks, Alaska


“Within very short order of contacting SAC, we had a quote which was very fair and a schedule to work with. Mike had so many ideas to address things in our restaurant we hadn’t considered, all with the vision of a high quality end product that didn’t require us to take out a second loan on the house. He was professional and really took to heart what we wanted to present. The result was a beautiful laminate counter with Alaska birch trim on top of birch cabinets that we consider the focus of our new shop. We continue to consult SAC for advice on continuing renovations.”

-Jim & Valarie Fairchild Fairbanks, Alaska


“As an home owner it’s difficult to find Fairbanks contractors that have the patience to understand our familys lifestyle and non-building demands. The other difficulty I’ve encountered is a sense of apathy or general burnout when talking with prospective Fairbanks general contractors. Mike Knoche (Straight Ahead Construction,llc) was very easy to work with throughout the project. He completed the finish work (kitchen cabinets, kitchen tile, hardwood flooring, Alaska birch trim and window sills) on our home. His enthusiasm, craftsmanship and professionalism we’re very refreshing. Throughout the project he was very patient with our families demands and flexible. There we’re a few unexpected curves, regardless Mike was done on time and within the budget we discussed. All the work was done well but the last phase, with all the Alaska birch trim, really brought everything together, added a very Alaskan feel and displayed Mike’s talents as a finish carpenter. Mike has a very creative energy about his trade which made our project better.”

-Hank and Mindonna Billings Fairbanks, Alaska


“Hi Mike, I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much I enjoy my new home remodel (oak stairs, enclosed deck, laminate floor installation, and rustic trim). Also wanted to express my appreciation for the work attitude you’ve shown. The fact, that you work in a timely manner, and deliver what you promise when you take on a job. These are qualities hard to find these days, and not lost on me. Thanks again, a very happy customer!!”

-Kat Krausse Fairbanks, Alaska


“We bought an unfinished home in Fairbanks, Alaska, that Mike finished for us. Mike took pride in being efficient and organized. Mike had numerous creative solutions for us, including moving our front door in order to build us a beautiful AK birch staircase that is the focal point of our living room. We love it!”

-Julie and Lincoln Parrett Fairbanks, Alaska


“Mike’s creativity in carpentry is matched only by his skill. If you want quality work done on your house, Straight Ahead Construction, llc, is the Fairbanks general contractor to call.”

-Audrey Taylor Fairbanks, Alaska


“I continue to be pleased with the bathroom remodel that Straight Ahead Construction did for us. Not only did he help us stay within our budget, he helped me choose the materials & worked with the suppliers. He designed our walk-in shower to allow the perfect sloping of the tiles for good drainage. Perhaps the best part is our bathroom was completed within the time frame needed. I recommend them for any home remodel.”

-Claudia and Fred Andersen North Pole, Alaska