Just Broken In – The Tent

I began looking at yurts online and discovered that they are really expensive. Thankfully, I stumbled upon a great Canadian company called Deluxe Wall Tents and bought myself the most beautiful 168 square foot glamping tent out there! I added on the wood burning stove and upgraded to their deluxe model so mine is equipped with a front and back door as well as two windows. If you like the look and size of my tent it is 12 x 14 x 5 wall x 8.5 peak.  jbi-bday19Everything in the tent (except the bed, pillows, sheets and duvet cover) is second hand or donated by my neighbours. I like the look of objects with a story worn into them plus I am super clumsy so it hurts less when you add a nick to something that already has a few.

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jbi-bday12Check out this company – Cordaroys. The bed is super comfy!

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My closet area and indoor toilet in case of emergencies (ie bear outside your door)jbi-bday14

Kitchen area/dining room/work table.

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The stove area which at that point was yet to be assembled. It had to be cooked for about 5 hours. Cooking a stove involves getting a huge fire going inside of it to burn off the fumes and seal in the paint. This was done the following weekend with some friend.

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The tent total cost: $2600.00

Everything in the tent: $700.00 (roughly) with the bed being the biggest purchase.

Just Broken In – The Deck

I built a very simple deck-like bed frame for my futon mattress so I took that knowledge, bought a bunch of wood and headed up North to build a deck. I could not have been more out of my element and unprepared if I tried. A forest floor outside is nothing like a hardwood floor in your apartment. No real surprise there.

The first trip up was all about hauling the wood from where it was delivered to where it needed to be. We laid out the deck area and took stock of what it was that I bought.

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The second trip up was lead by my good friend and mentor, Judy. She renovates houses for a living and has a personal relationship with everyone at her local Home Depot so needless to say the level of knowledge increased 100 fold. In one day, 6 of us, built one really beautiful deck.

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Levelled with some twigs and sticks!

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jbi-july26-25Cost: $1800.00 (I am not good at keeping track of everything but I think that is about right)

NOMAD Brilliance

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This design helped me figure out the stairs in my place and confirmed that the size of windows I was thinking of was definitely correct for me. Take the style of these stairs and add the open cupboard concept of the other stairs and I now have my kitchen cupboards/staircase sorted. Or at least for the moment.

NOMAD Micro Homes is a Canadian company based in BC and this style is right inline with what I have been coming up with. For me, part of the beauty in living in 100 square feet, is living with what you need. Simplicity on all levels. I would go crazy in 100 square feet if there were not a lot of windows showing me wide open space. I cannot wait to come home to a huge piece of land and a little home. The right mix of living space for this woman.

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I have measured out a 10 X 10 room in my apartment. I like to hang out in here and pretend that I am up North.

The ginger shack has changed about 15 times but lately I am starting to think that I am narrowing down the design.

Just Broken In – The driveway

After I bought the land I started to save money for a driveway. This was my first priority, you have to be able to get onto the land, in order to live on the land. Budget $10,000.00.

The first step was to survey the land. AKA drinks some beers with good friends and walk in the best driveway line you can find.

survey2 survey5 survey6 survey3My first driveway was okay but ended up being not done to what we agreed on as his equipment ‘broke’ so I was left with more of a dirt road than a driveway. Still it worked and I loved turning onto it every time.

jbi-june21-10 jbi-june21-11 jbi-june21-12The final driveway was done by Steve Beaver and when he was done I was able to cross one thing off bucket list. I have always wanted a long, tree lined driveway and the one I have is stunning!
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Bike Parking coming next summer!

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Total cost: $8400.00 – I will have to add a few more trunk loads of gravel next year as everything settles into place so the driveway should come in on budget.

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