Attention Northwest Coasters!

by Zee Kesler

Attention Northwest Coasters!

I am planning a tiny house building workshop in association with Camera Buildings in Vancouver, Canada this summer and we would love to hear your input!

The workshop will start in June or early July and run until the end of August.
In order for our instructors to offer the best course possible, we need your input!

Please fill out this Survey if you are personally interested in participating, or pass on to anyone you think would be!

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Tiny House in a Landscape

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.

cabin in Canada

Maxime’s Tiny House

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.

tiny house walls

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.

skylight

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.

bench

deck

kitchen

fridge