Living Safely in a House of Steel

When everything that has to do with real estate is off the charts, thinking way outside the proverbial square box is necessary. How about going with an arch? An arched steel building is a future home against wind and wildfires. The other night I re-watched one of my long-time favorite … Read more

Surviving And Thriving In Cold Weather Camping

When thinking about camping one usually thinks about long, warm days and rich, reddish sunsets. They think of nighttime campfires and crisp mornings. The smell of hot dogs over the grill and the salt of trail mix usually tempt the tastebuds. Mixed in with a healthy dose of loathing the mosquitos and keeping caution against bears, camping is an American pastime. But when the days get darker sooner and the moon illuminates the snow-draped forest floor as well as the retreat of the typical summertime camper, most tents get packed away and state parks are traded in for the cushion of the Hampton Inn. Plan accordingly though and cold weather camping affords you plenty of space to yourself, the real warmth of a campfire, and the joy of “Boy Scout Stew” in the embers of this mornings split wood.


A winter camping trip requires a little more thought and planning that the average summer excursion though. Much like building a tiny house for the Northeast region as opposed to the deep South, there are a number of tips that should be observed and taken into consideration in order to successfully navigate the cold-weather conditions.


When cold weather camping you won’t always be mobile and producing warming sweat. There will be moments of inactivity where you will want clothes that keep you warm. When motion stops it is more difficult to maintain a suitable temperature. The trick? Layer up! This is the same when considering a tiny house. Don’t depend just on insulation or your electric heater or your solar array. Be prepared for cold weather and atypical conditions. Just this past year a number of fulltime nomads and tiny housers alike were faced with terribly cold temps. Thankfully many of them had skirted their wheel areas, lined windows with quilts, wore thermal underwear, and used lap blankets.

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Hurricanes on the Horizon

I chose to live in a tiny floating home to be able to travel to beautiful tropical islands, Where The Coconuts Grow. Just as other parts of the world face natural disasters like tornados and earthquakes, the part of the world I live in faces volcanoes and hurricanes. Just last … Read more

Outside My Window: Grenada

One of my favorite things about living in a floating home on the water is that I can see so many different parts of the world all from the comfort of my own home. I can travel around at my own free will, changing my scenery whenever I please. Outside … Read more

Cubicco Cabana

For anyone living in hurricane prone areas of the U.S., a new prefab company is designing and building units just for you. Cubicco designs and builds various sized units that can be attached together to create a larger building, but the one that is attracting attention is the tiny Cabana … Read more

Scrap House and Hurricane Sandy

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I covered Ted Fort and his scrap house back in 2009. This is a home he built for free while in high school. You can check out his blog and learn more about the project. Yesterday he sent me an update on how it is holding out so far … Read more