Posts Tagged With: Tiny House Ontario

Carbon Footprint 2013

I took the carbon foot print test for Tiny House Ontario.  I am happy to say it was down a lot.  I reached my goal of bringing my footprint to 2 metric tons.  In fact I surpassed my goals.    In 2012 I THO used 3.01; whereas in 2013 I was down to 1.1!

Though the number of kilometres were similar, a car makes a lot less carbon than a motorbike so this is good.  Also my secondary use dropped because I did not purchase any electronics.  The year before I accidentally brought my new computer swimming (actually I got caught on my motorcycle in Hurricane Isaac) so I had two computer purchases.

In the interest of full disclosure, you should know what this figure does not include the figures for my standard house in Hamilton.  Too, I don’t live in THO in the winter yet, so from November until the end of March the house is only used for holidays, so there is very little heat used there.  This means that the house is used only for 7 months a year plus about a month through the winter in various visits.

On the other hand, with ten acres of forest which offsets 1-2 metric carbon tons per acre, THO actually offsets its own carbon plus takes care of the carbon of our other home and then some.

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3 Legged Joe, A Show and Snowshoes

I will leave for Tiny House Ontario tomorrow morning after rush hour.  I am going for a few reasons this time.  Firstly, I am picking up Joe the three legged street cat in downtown Toronto and driving him to his Foster Home in Kingston Ontario.  Poor old Joe was one of the disposable pets out on the street, due to his injury it was extra hard for him to survive.  He was rescued in cooperation with Annex Cat Rescue, Project Pet Rescue, and Kingston Animal Rescue.  He has been vetted, neutered and will be up for adoption once he is rehabilitated.  You can read more about Joe here, or if you are interested in making a donation to help with Joe’s vet bills or his care please do so with one or all of the agencies listed and linked above.  Perhaps you would like to adopt him or another homeless animal?

3 legged Joe

I am also heading to Kingston because I have a show in Battersea Ontario at the United Church.  They have invited local talent to come to show and sell their items.  The show will be on November 30 from 9-5.  I am excited to do this show because there is a lot of free and close parking so I expect a lot of my friends and family to be there.  For a lot of people getting into the downtown for market days is just too difficult and stressful, so it will give me an opportunity to show my work to members of my family, and friends who have not yet seen it live!  Art work is so much better in person!

Please do come to the show to see the local talent if you are anywhere nearby.  Admission is just $5 and I bet you will be able to find wonderful unique gifts for a reasonable cost there.

My most recent work Grandma’s Gift will be shown for the first time.

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I am also of course visiting my house and I am very excited about this!  We have snow in Kingston now so I will bring along my snowshoes!  My cousin Tracey took this photo this morning and allowed me to share it.  I look forward to getting out into the magical forest and seeing the changes that Mother Earth has undergone!

Tracey's photo

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Interior Shots Update, 2013

I had an MPAC person stop by my project, Tiny House Ontario a few days ago.  If you don’t know, these are the tax assessors that ensure that the people of Ontario pay their fair share of taxes.

I am not opposed to paying my fair share of tax, what I oppose is the way that building codes do not allow people to build as they wish.  I absolutely understand and agree that they need to be put in place so that people don’t just build unsafe, cardboard dwellings in which they, their family and guests could easily burn to death.  What I don’t get is the part where we all have to build 2400 square foot McMansions which are totally disconnected from the planet around them.

I don’t get why I should have to worry about my tiny house being somehow unlawful.  It seems every new house I pass is not facing in the right direction to benefit from the sun and wind.  There is no effort for these homes to be environmental except of course, the compulsory level of insulation.  The codes need to be revisited, deconstructed and rewritten in order to reflect a more modern age in building technology and realistic resource consumption.  At the very least, in a country were the seasons change passive solar should be considered in every single new structure that is built.  Too size limits need to drastically decrease, both in terms of lot size and the footprint of these homes.  I took all this into my mind and more, and believe me THO has as tiny a carbon footprint as she does a physical one!

The woman, who came was very pleasant and I think she liked the tiny house which she referred to as a cabin.  I disclosed everything to her about the house.  No point in omission or in lying.  We wait now to see if all will remain okay with respect to the house in the township where it is located.  So far, while they knew what I was planning because I called them multiple times, I am unsure if they really know about me being there.

For those of you who are just joining me here, you should know that as with most houses, Tiny House Ontario (or any tiny house) is in constant flux.  I am not sure how it happens here.  I very rarely buy new stuff, but I guess, I add more blankets as the weather gets cold and move the mats.  This year, the big addition to the house was the stone patio and I also bought some horizontal blinds for some of the windows, when there was a sale on.  It was not that I was trying to gain privacy from peeping chipmunks.  Rather I thought it would be good to block out the sun in those windows that allow too much heat in during the summer months.  Both of these improvements were felt and I am happy with them.

The house is not finished, there is still no kitchen, no running water, no furnace and no modern bathroom facilities.  There is much to be done in order to make it livable beyond the summer months.  As it is, when I am here, I live in a sort of constant state of “glamping” – a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.  Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t mind this.  I actually love THO with all its little unrefined bits too.  Even so, I do envision a few more comforts in my tiny house.

What I mean to say is now MPAC has been here, so we will find out if the powers that be will allow this little sugar shack to stand and her vision be fulfilled.

A cute antique dresser to put away clothes in.  I am sure a high dresser would offer more practical storage, but it would not be nearly as cute as this.

A reclaimed antique dresser to put away clothes in. I am sure a high dresser would offer more practical storage, but it would not be nearly as cute as this.

I have a king sized bed in the loft.  Actually it is two twins put together in the German style.

I have a king sized bed in the loft. Actually it is two twins put together in the German style.  This makes for a more comfortable sleep even on nights when one of us fidgets.

This is the East side of the house.  Do you see?  There is rain barrel out there.  This window gives me easy access to the spout.

This is the East side of the house. Do you see? There is rain barrel out there. This window gives me easy access to the spout.  The curtained area is the closet, should you just now be looking at my the house for the first time.

The doors to the cloth porch are here in this corner. I bought these doors second hand on kijiji for $100.  They work fine but are not very air tight.  If I was building again, I would buy the doors new.  Or at the very least I would be sure they were better made.

The doors to the cloth porch are here in this corner. I bought these doors second hand on kijiji for $100. They work fine but are not very air tight. If I was building again, I would buy the doors new. Or at the very least I would be sure they were better made.  I read the Lord of the Rinds trilogy this summer.  I have had the quote on a board for many years and have long been a wanderer, so I thought it was time.  “Not all those who wander are lost”

Dishes are drying inside. Due to the rain outside, they won't dry on the porch.

Dishes are drying inside. Due to the rain outside, they won’t dry on the porch.  I did not get the kitchen put in this summer.  I hoped I would earn a little more than I did with my art at the market, but this is the way that the cookie crumbles.  When you are trying to support yourself and build a home using only creative earned budget, you can only do a little at a time.  No debt gained, and I do have a wonderful now patio too!

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This green chair is where Hj likes to sit.  I would like to pitch this chair because he love to tilt back in it.  This blocks the way to the upstairs, the entry, and the bathroom.  A tilting chair (recovered from the road side) is not the best solution for a tiny house, in my opinion.

This green chair is where Hj likes to sit. I don’t want to air our dirty laundry… BUT in the spirit of sharing what works and what does not… I would like to pitch this chair because he consitantly tilts back in it. This blocks the way to the upstairs, the entry, and the bathroom. A tilting chair (recovered from the road side) is not the best solution for a tiny house, in my opinion.   At least NOT in the “route” corner…  Still, I like the chair, it has a funkiness about it and it is dead comfy.

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Big Treats at Tiny House…

Tiny House Ontario sits quite some distance from the road, so I was not really sure if we would get any trick or treaters at the house.   Six little people braved the long road in, dressed up in their scary gear.  So I am happy that we packed up twelve big vegan treat bags, pop, chips, pencils, raspberry candy, and Rockets.  We also picked up craisins, and Monsters Inc. PEZ dispensers for our niece Violet, and our neighbours Morgan and Cooper so that they would have a little something extra from us.

We will bring other treat bags home and give them to the four little neighbour children who live in our block in Hamilton.  Two are still up for grabs!

THO really likes having Halloween!  Well, truthfully, Laura likes any opportunity to see kids.

Don't be scared!  This is really our niece Violet and she is not the least bit dangerous!

Don’t be scared! This is really our niece Violet and she is not the least bit dangerous!

 

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Going Up The Country

Update: Not five minutes ago I posted this and turned off my computer, HJ bent over to pick up the dog and can’t stand up… something in his lower back… So, I won’t be leaving tonight after all… just sitting here listening to Canned Heat and Hj whining…  He will not (of course) go to Emerg.  Men!

We are leaving Hamilton now.  It is nearly 3 hours later than we expected to go… Hope the traffic is totally clear.  If it is we should be there by 1:00 am or even a bit earlier.

Keep your wheels on the road, that is the plan.

See you soon Tiny House!

xo L

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