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)”

Living tiny doesn’t mean sacrificing your creativity (Sheri’s Alberta home)

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)”

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)”

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”