Mark’s Alaskan Tiny House: Designed to be Eco-Friendly

Mark’s Alaskan Tiny House: Designed to be Eco-Friendly

Mark Wipfli designed and built the Midnight Sun Tiny House on his property in Fairbanks, Alaska, after realizing he wanted to downsize from his log cabin. He now lives in his tiny abode and rents his log cabin on AirBNB. Also on the property: a vegetable garden, green house, pottery studio, hot tub, garage and chicken coop. Not a bad way to live!

We met Mark at the Portland Tiny House Conference earlier this year. He invited us to come check out his tiny home when we’re in the area. Well, we’re in Alaska! And guess what?!? We filmed the tiny house tour to share with all of you:

Mark insulated his tiny home to withstand the harsh 150 degree temperature differential between Fairbank’s summer and winter seasons. Last winter he was able to heat his minuscule home with only a standard electric space heater. In the summer, he relies on his shady parking spot and cross breeze to keep the space cool. So far, he has no complaints!

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Could the Midnight Sun Tiny House be the most northern tiny house?

We think it’s possible! We towed our tiny house to the Arctic Circle and took the title for one single day, but Mark lives in his northern tiny abode year round. We’re giving him the official title until it’s contested. Go ahead… prove us wrong.

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The Midnight Sun Tiny House flaunts a modern esthetic, emphasized with a mixture of exterior siding – correlated steel, painted exterior plywood and cedar. Mark reduces clutter inside his tiny home by storing the majority of his belongings in his pottery studio and garage, which is also where he pulls electricity. Although the house is not completely finished, Mark has been residing in the space for the past 8 months and plans to finish the plumbing and interior trim by this fall.

Other features of Midnight Sun Tiny House:

  • Detachable porch
  • Rainwater catchment system
  • Manufactured Composting Toilet
  • Custom iPad holder above loft bedroom

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What is your favorite part of Mark’s Midnight Sun Tiny House? 

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  1. Matt
    January 10, 2019 / 2:24 am

    I plan to start my own tiny house this winter, I would really like to have one that could be self sustained if need be (Solar panels, propane/electric/wood heat (Maybe a bit of each? Portable grey water and fresh water tanks to empty without towing the trailer.) and was just wondering how doable that would be. What should I use for insulation? Would 2×4 walls be enough with spray foam insulation or should I go 2×6? Extra insulation needed other than that? Wont have too many windows, or a loft. Eight foot walls on a 24×8 trailer. If anyone has any info on where I can buy a blank trailer frame or anything at all along those lines that would be extremely helpful! You can email me at

  2. Sally
    December 7, 2018 / 6:30 pm

    Does anyone know where i can rent a tiny house for a year in the Fairbanks area..if that exists. please contaxr me

  3. July 30, 2017 / 12:01 am

    I’m a Fairbanksan just starting the design process for my tiny home! This is a journey in starting over, with my pup Dublin, two snakes, and my art studio being top priority in layout. I’m finding so much good advice here!

  4. Troy D.
    March 6, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    I am also in Fairbanks Alaska building a tiny house. I contacted Mark, but he appears to keep to himself. As to the question about the shower pan, it could be done in fiberglass and fiberglass mesh to reinforce the corners. Another product that would work would be Hydro guard on top of cement board. This is basically the way the tub enclosures are prepared for tile. Red guard it’s another product that would work. These are essentially paint on rubber products. While these are waterproof by themselves, for a more finished appearance either fiberglass paint or just going with ceramic tile would work too. There are also ready-made commercial floor pans/enclosures too, but if your tub is an odd shape you’re out of luck.

    • Steve
      January 22, 2017 / 6:44 pm

      Hey Troy, my wife and I are moving to Fairbanks in our Tiny Home in June. We are a little apprehensive and have questions. We will be there in March if you want to meet up. Email me!

    • Anvil W.
      May 17, 2017 / 10:08 pm

      Hi Troy! I’m a Fairbanksan just starting out on this project and am wondering where to get my frame built. Where did you get yours in Fairbanks? Thanks!

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