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”
Just over a year ago we made a fantastic purchase. We decided to buy a little home on wheels from a seller in Northern Ontario. The previous owner was a contractor who had designed the home for his father in law who quickly lost interest. We made the purchase knowing that the home needed a lot of work. more “One year in, what we would change about our tiny home”
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.
more “20 Mind Blowing Pallet Projects with Tutorials”
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”
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)”
Nothing beats fresh garden veggies. They are organic, cheap, abundant, packed with nutrients, and simple to grow! I can not stress enough how easy gardening is. I stumbled a bit through my first two summers and learned a few lessons. After that, it was like riding a bike. I never thought I would have a green thumb. Trust me, if I can garden, anyone can garden! more “Learning the basics of harvesting and preserving”
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!”
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”
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”
A husband and wife team, Michael and Kirsten are the creators and builders behind Turtle Island Tiny Homes. Bringing 30 years of house construction to the table, Michael is a very skilled and experienced builder. With the first three homes built in Alberta, Turtle Island Tiny Homes understands Canadian climate. The crew has since moved to Qualicum Bay, BC where they carry out production with one additional part time employee. They call themselves Turtle Island, as it is the name of North America, according to some indigenous groups. more “Turtle Island Tiny Homes – affordable living across North America”