Persistence and Patience ….

Paid off!! I have landed my architect and could not have imagined one better!

He not only hit on my basic requirements; knowledgeable, interested in small space living, located in Canada, one I could afford,  he is also politically and socially aware, a believer that moving towards renewable energy is the solution and loves cats (really loves them).

This bio on LinkedIn … Sole practitioner doing architectural design of various scales, as well as architectural renderings. No project too small or too weird.

This is one of his designs. I think we are going to have a good time building the Ginger Shack together.

moose faucetMy friend put me on to elance.com and I am so grateful he did!

I am over the moon. Thank you, thank you, thank you Universe and John!!

 

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Time to get 3D!

First there was the tape on the floor. I had to physically be in the space to have any idea of how to design the space. Once I felt like I had a grasp on the design I transferred everything over to grid paper and worked out the dimensions.

Final step – a 3D model!

3Dgingershack1As strange as this may sound this was the first time I realized how incredibly small my space is going to be. Once all the walls became real and had to attach to each other there was a ridiculously large closet on the main floor and an insanely big wood burning stove. I have taken a foot off the closest and have moved from the Grand Cook Stove to a much smaller wood burning stove.

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3Dgingershack4Next step – will it stand the test of an architect/carpenter’s input…..

Leaving the Concrete Jungle

July 1st, I will be leaving Toronto to live in some wide open Mother Nature. As I prepare to leave, I am trying to make my peace with saying goodbye to the city life I love. I think the best way to say goodbye is to take a little of what you love with you.

I really love concrete. I love the texture of it, the feel of it, brand new under my wheels and I love the smell of it when it is wet from a rain.

The area around my wood burning stove will need to be insulated. At first the obvious choice was brick but I don’t want a small country cabin in the woods. I want a small, slick modern little home.

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Final Draft…

ginger s - floor planRight now this is what I am building.

A 320 square foot deck – 20 long by 16 wide.

A  100 square foot home – 81 square foot main floor and a 49 square foot loft.

Right now I am feeling pretty solid in my progress of understanding how my home should look.

Goodbye Rust, Hello 2015

In the last year of researching for this move, my style has been heavily influenced by all the beautiful Nordic design out there. Clean lines, open spaces, minimalist beautiful. Before if you asked me to define my style I would have said Rusty Urban Canadian Cabin Pretty and now I would say Nordic Beautiful, Mid Century Minimal with a touch of Canadiana.

I used to love Rust. So much that my good friend, Chris, once said to me … “You are the only person I know that when I help them move, I am glad I had my tetanus shot.”

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When one decides that their next home is going to be 100 square feet one realizes how many things they own. In the next month I will have paired down my life by about a third. I used to hang this piece of art in my bathroom. It is a rusted, old metal shelf from something but the lines and rust on it reminded me of a lonely winter prairie road so I painted an electrical pole and added a quote by W.O. Mitchell about being from the Prairies. Today I decided to put it up in Trinity Bellwoods Park to share it with Toronto.

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Before we showed up

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After 10 minutes of really cold hands (Thank you Jill!!)

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2015 Thank You for a lovely start!

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Day of Thanks for December 15

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Leo Jul 23 | Aug 22: The Arctic Monkeys are British rockers who have produced five studio albums, which together have sold almost five million copies. Rolling Stone magazine called their first album, released in 2006, the 30th greatest debut of all time. Yet when they first formed in 2002, none of them could play a musical instrument. I see the current era of your life, Leo, as having a similar potential. How might you start from scratch to create something great?

Oh Rob. You just keep making me smile from ear to ear. The more I research design, the more I am becoming convinced that the Ginger Shack is going to be stunning.

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