Reality TV casts a dark shadow on a tiny movement

As a tiny home builder and dweller, I feel anxious about showing off our home. For too long, I’ve held back from posting pictures and updates. I’ve come to realize my resistant inner force is based on a preconceived idea of how our home “should be”. And it’s not just me.
With much searching, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with other Canadian tiny home enthusiasts who don’t put themselves out there. How can we move forward and share information with so many hiding in the shadows? more “Reality TV casts a dark shadow on a tiny movement”

We built our insulated solar shed for $240 Canadian (instead of 3 grand)

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)”

Why cheaper isn’t better. Choosing our on demand hot water heater.

Today we ordered one of the most expensive investments for our home. We settled on the Takagi T-KJr2-IN-LP Indoor Tankless water heater. Selecting such an expensive unit was a rather dramatic shift from our original Eccotemp L5 “Portable Tankless Water heater and Outdoor shower”.

I had read multiple articles online earlier this year about how many people were choosing to “jimmy-rig” the L5 units and use them inside their homes. more “Why cheaper isn’t better. Choosing our on demand hot water heater.”

-22 and we aren’t cold yet!

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!”

Winter Composting

This is a basic rundown of our winter composting solution. When brainstorming, we wanted the following needs to be met:

  1. Warmth to compost throughout the season.
  2. Large size with two sections.
  3. Accessibility for dumping and running urine.

Note: This is the first season with our design. We will keep this post updated and report complications if they are to arise.

The process: more “Winter Composting”