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Her $3k Shed-Turned-Tiny-House in Alaska!

Meet Jodie: She spent time in the Peace Corps before moving back home to Alaska. She had to find a home on a budget, and turned a shed on her parent’s property into her own 10’x18′ tiny home, spending only $3,000 on the build out!

She braves the icy Alaskan weather to use the bathroom in her nearby outhouse, and was able to tap into the electricity on the property to run her convection oven/stove, mini-fridge and other small electronics. Obviously not everyone has access to land like this, but it’s awesome that she’s created her own private space!

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From Shed to Her Own 180 Square Foot Cabin!

Here’s her kitchen area with the convection oven/stove and mini fridge. The sink is hooked up to a small water jug.

She chose a loft bed with storage underneath.

Look at this awesome view!

VIDEO: Her DIY Alaskan 10’x18′ Shed Tiny House


  • 10′ x 18′ shed turned tiny house
  • Outhouse nearby
  • Showers at parent’s cabin on the same property
  • Electric tied into parent’s cabin as well
  • Mini fridge
  • Convection oven/stovetop combo
  • Loft bed
  • Storage under loft
  • Craigslist couch
  • Cost $3k to renovate the shed

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Gail Van Luvanee
    September 10, 2020, 12:27 pm

    I’m retired and disabled. I need little and i need little that i have to take care of and fight an HOA over (like dealing with a petty “Felix Unger”-type self-appointed Mother-in-Law Mama. Also like living in the country and where it is quiet, away from all the people and thier noise.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 10, 2020, 2:56 pm

      I’m all about the quiet!

  • Eric
    September 10, 2020, 1:15 pm

    Nice use of the limited space she had to work with. Really did create a nice tiny space for herself. Like you, I too have to applaud the resiliency with that outhouse. Not sure I’d have the metal to use that during the long cold days/nights out there.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 10, 2020, 2:54 pm

      Haha yes I don’t think I would either…plus I’m afraid of the dark haha!

  • Sheila
    September 10, 2020, 1:50 pm

    I always squawk about outhouses. If I had this, I would do it. Love the landscape and the look inside and outside of the tiny shed. Beautiful job. 🙂

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 10, 2020, 2:53 pm

      Haha that’s the truth! I’d do many things for a view like that.

  • Richard Lynn Herrington
    September 10, 2020, 9:20 pm

    I sure hope she insulated the tiny house as much as possibe because if she didn’t, she is going to regret it real soon. Winter is coming fast.

    • James D.
      September 11, 2020, 2:06 am

      She stated it was well insulated in the video… and she’s already been through winters there… So she’s well aware…

  • DB Tate
    September 12, 2020, 3:13 pm

    You didn’t mention how your tiny house is heated. I didn’t see a wood stove.
    Sink, but no water?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 14, 2020, 8:15 am

      It’s electric heating. And she has a bucket that the water pumps from under the counter.

  • Kurt
    September 12, 2020, 10:10 pm

    Interesting use of such a small space.

  • Theresa Perdue
    September 13, 2020, 2:32 pm

    what a wonderful little home. You could almost feel the peace coming through the video. The one thing that made me think is her stove. Maybe she could make some metal pan stands that hold her pots at different heights from the burners for high to low heat. That way she doesn’t have to cook it all on high? Anyway I would love to live there. Even with the outhouse 😉

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 14, 2020, 8:00 am

      Yes I feel like it’d only be good for boiling water, but maybe that’s all she uses it for?

      • James D.
        September 15, 2020, 1:01 pm

        Well, keep in mind, people cooked long before modern kitchens were invented… You can still cook with a constant heat source, it’s more work and can require a bit of ingenuity but it can be done.

        Like cooking on a wood stove or over a camp fire or a fire place, for example…

        Common solutions is like adding a hot plate over the cook top, increasing the cooking area and allowing from high heat, right over where the burners are located, to lower heat, towards the edge of the hot plate. Another is simple timing and taking advantage of things like that metal shelf behind it and using cast iron cookware that will retain heat for awhile after being taken off the heat source to provide some control. Along with simply adjusting your cooking time and scheduling what you cook so you don’t have to juggle too many things at once.

  • Marsha Cowan
    September 28, 2020, 3:11 pm

    Absolutely wonderful! Lovely setting, and the house is so wonderfully organized. I love the closet under the bed, and the storage behind the sofa. The kitchen is nicely done, and I love the eating area at the end. I grew up with outhouses away from the main house. It is not as inconvenient as one would think; of course, we did not have moose or grizzly bears roaming by at night. Lol! It is a lovely home for one who was willing to give up home and comfort to help others around the world. Enjoy!

  • Cindi Lopriore
    November 7, 2021, 3:55 pm

    I really enjoyed this video, but there are so many people out there a lot braver than me. I mean for the cold, not so much the dark, solar motion lights are fine stuck on wall on deck. I use them in the very dark parking lot right outside my small apt. I love the layout and I myself need just a small kitchenette. I would prefer water hookup and regular electric burners on stove. Need shower also and stairs to upper bed. Love all the storage space under the loft. It is really cute. 🙂

    March 29, 2022, 11:38 pm

    love these tiny homes but could never afford one as i live on s.s,

  • Donna Rae
    November 22, 2022, 1:21 am

    It’s very nice…she accomplished a lot with only $3,000…but even when I was young, I would not like that outhouse, not even living at the beach. Someone said they didn’t like it because they are afraid of the dark but in reality, you should be afraid of the bears. Yeah, an indoor bathroom would be the minimum change to this place, regardless of the view! 😉 And no wood burning stove, even? No water source? Man, you don’t have to be brave to live there but you do need to be at least a little crazy! There are many who would be happy there and best of luck to them, for sure! Kudos for her effort!

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