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  Though only 200 square feet, the home feels spacious with big windows to let in light.
A closet under the loft provides plenty of storage space, and windows above the bed offer a great view of the northern lights.
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Going hand-in-hand with insulation is ventilation. While many homes in Alaska use heat recovery ventilators to keep the air healthy, Jack’s system is a little different.
“I get my ventilation from the toilet.”
But not in a smelly way. The waterless toilet is part of an
innovative system being applied in rural homes without piped water and sewer. The toilet separates solids and liquids and uses a fan to dry the solids and eliminate odor. Because the fan runs continuously, it provides enough exhaust-side ventilation for the small home. On the supply side, fresh air comes through the range hood and a second vent in the loft can be opened for extra air.
The wastewater system, called Portable Arctic Sanitation Solution, was developed by CCHRC in partnership with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and others to improve sanitation in rural Alaska. Turns out it also works pretty well in cabins and tiny homes.
Jack’s phone-booth-sized bathroom also contains a shower and urinal. Next to the bathroom, along the back side of the house, is the kitchen with an induction cooktop, microwave and refrigerator. Nothing is large, but it’s all large enough.
“Living here makes you realize how little you need,” Jack says.
He looked out the window at the rose-colored horizon as a small Toyo heater purred in the corner. According to an energy model, his house should use less than 60 gallons of fuel oil a year.

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