We Like This Unfinished Minimalist Alaskan Kitchen Just the Way It Is

updated Jun 3, 2019
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I don’t know about you, but I think it’s pretty ambitious when someone tackles even a single DIY home improvement project. So you can imagine that I was super impressed when I learned that the owners of this dreamy space in Anchorage, Alaska built their entire home themselves. (With a little bit of help.)

Between the two of them, Tonya and Carson have no shortage of artistic prowess. They are both wedding photographers and Tonya is a studio artist, so when they joined forces to design their first home together, they got incredible results. “We have never built a home before and decided to go for it and learn as we go. We basically DIYed every single part of the house,” Tonya says.

And they did an incredible job. Especially when it comes to the kitchen.

The space is pretty bare bones, but what they chose to include says a lot about the couple’s style, which Tonya describes as “modern/clean/boho/functional.” The CB2 pendant light casts a warm glow over the espresso-hued cabinetry topped with concrete counters. I’m totally lusting over their full-sized SMEG fridge, and Blanco IKON farmhouse sink, major details that tie the whole kitchen together. They’re also a testament to one of the couple’s philosophies: “Buy nice or buy twice.”

As with most DIY projects, this one isn’t fully finished. Tonya and Carson say they are planning to make a permanent island for the kitchen but whipped up this temporary one in the meantime. (If you ask me though, I like it just the way it is.)

From start to finish, the process took the pair two years. But again, they built an entire house! “When building your own home, it always takes longer than you think,” says Tonya. The end result was definitely worth the wait though, and now the pair can enjoy their cozy minimalist oasis, perfect for entertaining.

I’m patiently waiting for my invitation to one of Tonya and Carson’s famous dinner parties. Mostly because I’d like to meet the couple’s Newfoundland, Buddy, who looks like the consummate host!

For more Alaskan DIY inspiration, follow Tonya and Carson’s home adventures on My Alaskan Home.

See the rest of this House Tour: This Couple Built a Modern House in Alaska Entirely from Scratch at Apartment Therapy