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”
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)”
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”
This past summer we picked up two kitchen cupboards from Habitat for Humanity. They had never been used and there were no mounting holes cut into them. We paid $15 each.
With limited space on our loft and time in our schedules, these were the perfect solution to our storage conundrum. We now had somewhere to tuck our clothing away. more “Cheap, high quality, repurposed cupboards”
Meet Johnny and Battlecat. Sometimes, as cute as they are; they do gross stuff. I’m going to address the nastiness and show you one of our solutions.
Surprisingly, living in a 250 square foot home with our kitties has not been a challenge. They frequent a larger area of the house than they did in our pre-tiny days. Cats tend to enjoy height. In our old home, they spent the majority of their time on the back of the couches. In our new home, they spend a lot of time on the loft, the stairs, or the rafters. We are lucky that they have embraced their new home as one giant cat tree. They even skipped the step where they freak out for 3+ days because they are in a new place.
Thanks kitties. more “Avoiding cat “ick” in a small space”
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)”