Tiny House in a Landscape

by Kent Griswold on February 22nd, 2014. 6 Comments

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is a photo of a cabin taken by Alex and Mina on a road trip that they took from Montreal to Val-Des-Lacs, Canada. They published an online travelogue of their trip on a blog entitled “sending postcards” which you can view here.

I personally enjoy rustic cabins and this one with its weathered wood siding and nice big porch is particularly inviting to me. I like the way the porch protects the wood from the bulk of the snow and can only imagine the warmth that wood brings during a cold winter day. I would enjoy seeing an interior photo of the cabin but my guess is that Alex and Mina were not able to go inside as there are no inside photos to share.

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February 22nd, 2014and filed in Tiny House Landscape
Tags: cabin, canada, Montreal, rustic, Val-Des-Lacs
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Maxime’s Tiny House

by Kent Griswold on January 9th, 2014. 56 Comments

My name is Maxime Chénier and I am from Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. I am 26 years old and I work as a forest firefighter for the province.

I fell in love with Jay Shafer’s houses about 5 years ago and since then I have been planning mine. I move a lot with my job, and I hate paying for rent. So a tiny house was a perfect fit.

It all started about a year ago, in October 2012, when I bought a used flatbed trailer. I wanted to put the structure up before the first snow storm, so I went out to buy everything.

Maxine's House

The floor is 3 different section of 2 x 6′s, and a section of treated ones for my deck, insulated and covered with a 3/4 inch plywood.
Walls and roof are sections of 2 x 4′s, all insulated. On the exterior, there is 1/2 prestwood, and tar paper. I had a good deal on a door and windows so I put them in right away with the loft roof skylight. Put a big tarp on in and that was it for the winter.

Then my fire season started so the project was put on hold until September 2013. As soon as I was back, I put the half log outside finish, the black metal roof and made the roof over the deck.

Then, I jumped inside to finish the insulation, which next time I will do after the wiring and not before.

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Running the wires was fast, but still a big planning. I went big with a 100 amps electrical panel, 12x15A breakers. A 30A wire goes from my panel to outside with a 30A-15A adapter. I have 6 halogen lamps, a bathroom fan, small fridge, microwave, TV, computer, cell phone, toaster/oven.

Then this week, I finished the insulation, put a plastic membrane and the beautiful pine V-joint finish. I ordered my kitchen counter, my kitchen table is on the way, the framing for my cabinets is done, my couch is done, except the cushions.

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The 30×32 shower, toilet and sink are in place just not installed. I will run everything with 1/2” pex. I will have a tankless propane water heater. But no water until the spring because it is already between -5 and-12 here so I’ll wait.

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NOMAD Micro Home

by Christina Nellemann on December 9th, 2013. 16 Comments

This stylish and energy efficient 10×10 foot micro home from NOMAD in British Columbia comes as a flat-pack micro cottage that can be assembled in just a few days. The NOMAD can also be customized to include a wet bath and appliances or no bathroom or appliances at all if you want to save some money. No matter what you choose, this cottage will still run you under $30,000.

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The micro home was designed and developed by Ian Lorne Kent who has been designing family and commercial developments for more than 35 years. His dream with the NOMAD was to create an efficient and cozy home with a minimal impact on space and the environment. He also wanted it to feel open and airy with the use of large windows. The NOMAD Live version includes a kitchen with a propane stove, fridge and sink next to a small living area and a bathroom. His innovative staircase curves around the kitchen and leads to a loft bed and closet area that floats above the main room. The NOMAD Space includes the same space but without a bathroom or appliances. The Live is $28,000 and the Space is $25,000 and both versions are designed to be on-or off-grid.

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Both electrical (12V) and plumbing systems come with the delivered materials. The entire structure is built with metal structural insulated panels with an R-12 rating and a roof and floor with an R-24 rating. The exterior is galvanized metal siding and the interior walls are pre-finished metal panels. Add-ons include stair drawers for extra storage, a surrounding deck, a sliding sun shade and solar power, gray water and rain water collection systems. The NOMAD can be shipped worldwide and can be assembled or disassembled by two people with some handyman skills.

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Photos by NOMAD Micro Home

Modern EXPerience Cabin

by Kent Griswold on November 29th, 2013. 7 Comments

by Marc-André Thériault

SEPAQ are national parks in the Province of Quebec (CANADA) (not to be confused with Quebec city).

They built these awesome modern cabins in two parks, and they are looking to build more.

They rent fairly cheap $125-150 USD.

They have small Morso wood stoves, IMO the best wood stoves for cabins, small houses and ‘larger’ tiny houses.

Unique architecture, comfort, and intimate contact with nature come together in an unforgettable EXPerience. Imagine a dwelling with many windows that bring nature inside and make you feel as if you’re practically living outside.

Parc national du Mont-Tremblant invites you to try an EXP. enveloped in the peaceful surroundings of Lac Monroe.

EXPs are designed for 2 people.

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November 29th, 2013and filed in Tiny House Concept
Tags: cabin, canada, Modern EXPerience
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