The Ranger

ranger floor planI was going to buy this floor plan as a Christmas gift to myself but based on the number of times the Ginger Shack has changed in my mind I think it is best to hold off. But for the moment I believe this is going to be my final home.

To see more from this company visit them here: Form and Forest


The larder

larderRight now I live in a beautiful apartment and out of all my homes in Toronto this one is by far my favorite. The only downside to living there is the fridge. I have never lived with a louder, more invasive appliance in my life, it defies logic. I also happen to have tinnitus so that combined with the subtle whinny hum of the fridge I often feel like my head it going to pop off my shoulders. Solution – unplug the fridge from 5pm – 10pm nightly.

Trying to find a silver lining to this situation, I have come to the conclusion, that I am going through this experience so I could realize that we don’t need to live with a fridge or at least not the size of the fridges we currently use.

Let me introduce to you the larder!

I am going to put one of these in the Ginger Shack. The plan is to have a small larder/cellar built into the floor of the kitchen area. So take that photo and envision it as a little cellar and presto I have my ‘fridge.’

Day of Thanks for December 15


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.


Blue Sky Beauty

bluesky floor plan

A friend sent me a few links to various tiny homes which lead me to Blue Sky, another brilliant Canadian company.

Before stumbling here I was thinking of my Ginger Shack as a 100 square foot little home with an outhouse near by and a tub over in another corner. These guys changed everything. I am now going to build a deck, 24 X 20 foot, which will house the bunkie, an outhouse, a rain feed shower, a sauna with lots of living space to enjoy. This honestly just made me feel like I really can go live in 100 square feet and not feel hard done by. Things are looking good for the Ginger Shack!!





NOMAD Brilliance


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.

100 square feet

100 square feet

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.

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