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Her Middle-of-Nowhere Alaska Tiny House on a Foundation With A Tall Loft


Crystal is a self-proclaimed introvert who prefers living on her own, so she jumped at the opportunity to put down roots in the “middle-of-nowhere” Alaska in her own dry tiny cabin.

She purchased her basic shell about four years ago, and has used reclaimed, thrifted, and gifted materials to transform the place into her happy home. During the past 9 months she’s been adding a loft to the space and creating a master bedroom. Her next project will be getting a shallow well so she can have running water.

Her simple life has made her grateful for the little things — like electricity which she lived without for a whole year! Watch her interview with Tiny Home Tours below.

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She Lived Without Electricity for a Year!

Her Middle-of-Nowhere Alaska Tiny House on a Foundation

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Until just recently, her queen bed lived in the main room.

Her Middle-of-Nowhere Alaska Tiny House on a Foundation

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She has quite the spacious kitchen for a tiny house.

Her Middle-of-Nowhere Alaska Tiny House on a Foundation

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Here’s her loft bedroom, which she has since insulated for winter.

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Her own secluded piece of paradise!

Her Middle-of-Nowhere Alaska Tiny House on a Foundation

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Natalie C. McKee

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Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife and mama of two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Bob H.
    November 11, 2020, 6:17 am

    What a great build. A real loft is a nice change.

  • Avatar Theresa Perdue
    November 12, 2020, 10:46 am

    Wow she’s really accomplished a lot all by herself out in the middle of nowhere. I would love to see an update when she gets her water.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      November 12, 2020, 2:17 pm

      I would be too afraid of the dark, haha!

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    November 12, 2020, 12:03 pm

    It is sooo adorable! I love the high pitched roof and all the space it gives you upstairs. It will also shed the snow a little quicker. The kitchen is wonderful and you have a lot of living space, too. Well done, Allison!

  • Avatar M. Macdonald
    November 12, 2020, 2:38 pm

    I am really impressed at her accomplishment and ability to create something so beautiful with recycled goods. Well done!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      November 13, 2020, 1:06 pm

      Totally agree!

  • Avatar Anne
    November 12, 2020, 3:13 pm

    I have so many questions…. toilet (?), sewage, brown water, how does she get electric (?) Solar panels? Propane? Mail/package delivery? Food?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      November 13, 2020, 1:06 pm

      She has an outhouse. I believe she ran the electric lines because previously she was just hooked up to a neighbor. She has propane for the oven and stove. And I’m sure she can go to a post office and grocery store — she just has to plan for it.

      • Avatar Anne
        November 13, 2020, 3:39 pm

        Thankyou! It’s a beautiful house, for sure.

  • Avatar D. Pedersen
    November 13, 2020, 2:58 am

    That must be really cold in winter. There is no insulation in the upstairs bedroom.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      November 13, 2020, 1:04 pm

      Not when it was filmed. If you go on her Instagram page she just insultated it.

      • Avatar James D.
        November 14, 2020, 4:53 am

        Yes, the home is a work in progress but she’s getting it done…

  • Avatar Susan
    November 15, 2020, 12:10 pm

    Wow! What a great job! Beautiful home. I know Alaskan’s mainly use outhouses, due to location, but I need indoor plumbing. Otherwise, I think she did a perfect job. Great use of space, and I love that she’s committed to minimalist living. I’ve always dreamed of building a small home using as much recycled and up cycled materials.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      November 16, 2020, 10:05 am

      I’m pretty fond of indoor plumbing myself! Especially in the cold.

  • Avatar Ann
    November 16, 2020, 7:38 pm

    She sounds like a California girl. : ) She seems more like an extrovert, too. Pleasant young lady. I like that she can stand up and walk around in her bedroom. There’s plenty of room for storage up there, too. She has a beautiful location.

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