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.
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!
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)”
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)”
Marie-Shadia and François-Xavier are not your average young couple. They live in a 184 square foot home located in an eastern township of Quebec, Canada where they work and attend school.
Now married, the duo met four years ago in Montreal. Marie-Shadia was a social services worker and François-Xavier was working on his masters of philosophy. When school was finished, Marie-Shadia quit her job and together, they took a road trip to Yukon and the Northwest Territories. more “Young couple builds tiny Quebec home from scratch”
Carla has taken tiny to the next level. She lives in 90 square feet with her five pups Kinnea, Natook, Peach, Bella, and Jacks. The little family lives in in southern Ontario in the Lake Erie area.
After ending a bad relationship, Carla needed somewhere to be independent with her dogs. She had always been drawn to tiny living, with vast knowledge dating back to the origins of the movement. She was originally inspired by the Martin House which emerged from the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Later, she followed the original tumbleweed home by Jay Shafer for further inspiration. “The doing without all the trappings of modern life drew me, I love camping and I could camp for the rest of my life quite happily” Carla says. more “Unbelievable! One woman and 5 dogs in a camper battling Canadian winter”
1. Habitat for humanity, Restore
Restore offers a wide range of materials for building and renovating. Stock is donated from individuals and companies. Proceeds go towards building homes for those in need. Swing by if you need cupboards, a sink, tools, or maybe just a cheap can of “Great Stuff”.
2. The free store
Yes, these do exist. If you are lucky enough to have one in your city, head there right now. Normally you pay a small fee to get rid of your stuff an then it’s free for the taking.
3. Consignment stores
The headhunt for fellow Canadian’s has been very challenging. Regardless, we persevered and it paid off. We finally tracked down a lovely woman, comfortably tucked away in the cold.
Sheri is a tiny home dweller living in central Alberta, outside of the Red Deer area. A new chapter of her life began after a divorce. She packed up and made the move from Vancouver Island so that she could be closer to her kids. She decided to go tiny in order to cut her living expenses down as much as possible. The build was partially funded with her divorce settlement and has successfully helped her achieve her goal of no payments aside from food and a cellphone bill. more “Living tiny doesn’t mean sacrificing your creativity (Sheri’s Alberta home)”
Like most Canadians, we have no room for our solar setup in our house. With so few sunlight hours during the winter, we needed a giant setup to get us through the overcast days. 8 batteries alone are way too bulky to fit into our home so we resorted to building an outdoor structure for them.
Sheds are pricey and they aren’t normally insulated. The insulated sheds that we found were over 3 grand! We needed a cheap solution so we created this design from recycled materials and a few trips to home depot. more “We built our insulated solar shed for $240 Canadian (instead of 3 grand)”
Prince Edward Island is leaps and bounds ahead of most of Canada with the alternative housing movement. I recently had the privilege of connecting with Earthship extraordinaire, Jayden Charlton. He has worked alongside his build partner, Jordan Cameron to nurture Earthship PEI from an idea into a full grown movement. more “Inspiration and motivation: An interview with Earthship PEI”
While the temperature drops, we have been waiting with baited breath to see how our home holds up.
With two cat’s and a dog we want to ensure they don’t turn into popsicles. Yes, we have a backup plan. There are people within the vicinity who can stop by and heat things up.
So far, so good. more “-22 and we aren’t cold yet!”