Baby it’s cold outside. Surviving the cold snap in a tiny home

Last night we knew it was getting cold outside. Our windows were frosted over and our home wasn’t holding the heat from the fireplace as much as it normally does.

We’ve become very efficient at starting fires. When I say we, I mean me. Ryan’s skills have vastly improved but I can start a fire out of almost anything these days. I don’t rely as heavily on kindling and dry logs as I used to. I shouldn’t be surprised. Starting multiple fires each day, every winter, for two seasons, has its perks. I am the fire master. more “Baby it’s cold outside. Surviving the cold snap in a tiny home”

20 Mind Blowing Pallet Projects with Tutorials

I absolutely love pallets! They are heavy duty and easy to work with. Plus, many places give them away for free. We’ve used pallets for several projects such as the front steps to our house, our shed, and our compost. The only expense while working with pallets has been the screws that hold them together. Recently, I’ve been “nerding out” and researching future projects. In the process, I compiled the following compilation of stunning projects complete with tutorials.

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The BIG tiny house problem nobody seems to be talking about

Picture this:

You are enjoying a morning cup of tea by the fire, protected from the icy cold winter elements outside. You take a bite from your toast and the sticky jam slides off onto your fingers. You step over the sink to rinse your hand and turn on the hot water faucet. The hum of the propane water heater starts up and warm water begins dispensing. Suddenly, your fire has been reduced to ash and your house is flooding with black smoke! more “The BIG tiny house problem nobody seems to be talking about”

Keeping our external water tank thawed over winter (tutorial)

Dear Northern Alberta,

We’ve had enough with your shenanigans! This winter we WILL defeat you. Not again will our water freeze leaving us helpless in the middle of a frozen wasteland. We will be victorious!

Sincerely,

The Copper House and Allies

How do you keep your water thawed during winter?

I have been asked this questions a lot. I  have also asked this question countless times with little to any feedback. In our first year living tiny I did not encounter anyone else storing water outside the home (above ground) and living in a freezing climate. The following blog post addresses a play by play of everything we are doing to keep our gigantic outdoor water tank happy and warm all winter long!  So, without further ado, here it is! more “Keeping our external water tank thawed over winter (tutorial)”

Maggots Galore! Calling out for solutions!

Hey everyone,

I’m searching for solutions to our maggot problem. Last year this was not an issue but for some reason they are suddenly popping up everywhere.

We have maggots in our composting toilet, which gets filled with all household compost. I’ve read online to keep things dry which we have been doing. We are using LOTS of sawdust. There will be days where the little guys are crawling all over our floor. We’ve found eggs behind one of our cabinets. I’ve included a picture, they look like mouse droppings. more “Maggots Galore! Calling out for solutions!”

The trials and tribulations of hooking up a miniature gas range

Our little gas range has been hooked up for several months and we couldn’t be happier. We feel extra grateful for our setup considering how long it took to get things running smoothly. With limited resources, installing our gas appliances was a major struggle. Finding a professional who was willing to work with gas in our home was unlikely due to regulations that leave tiny homes in a legal grey area. more “The trials and tribulations of hooking up a miniature gas range”

Top 3 Tiny Living Myths

My partner and I live in Alberta, outside of the Edmonton area in our 178 square foot tiny home on wheels. We share our dwelling with our two cats and our dog. We eat, shower, and sleep in this miniature portable structure. I’m regularly asked if living this way is what it’s cracked up to be. In response, I have comprised a few major points that I would like to drive home.

First off, living this close together is no big deal. The number one complaint we hear is that most people could not stand to live in this close of a proximity to their loved one(s).  more “Top 3 Tiny Living Myths”

DIY Simple fire starters (vegan & recycled)

Fire starters have been a life saver in our tiny home. They come in handy when we are short on kindling or just don’t want to put effort into building the evening fire. Most recipes ask for bee’s wax or egg cartons which are not ingredients that we have kicking around. I came up with this recipe that utilizes materials we have kickin’ around. These little guys generate a large flame for 10+ minutes which makes lighting wood a cinch. more “DIY Simple fire starters (vegan & recycled)”