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.

Day of Thanks for January 5th

chinatown scissors

Leo Jul 23 | Aug 22 Author Robert Moss has published 27 books. When he talks about the art of launching and completing big projects, I listen attentively. There’s one piece of advice he offers that would be particularly helpful for you to keep in mind throughout the first half of 2015. “If we wait until we are fully prepared in order to do something, we may never get it done,” he says. “It’s important to do things before we think we are ready.” Can you handle that, Leo? Are you willing to give up your fantasies about being perfectly qualified and perfectly trained and perfectly primed before you dive in?

 

I have 6 months to pack up a 15 year career and life in Toronto. At the end of that time I am going to go live in the woods after building my own 100 square foot home. I have never built anything in my life.

I saw these scissors today for the first time in my flower shop. He explained to me how Canadians just use their fingers when they cut but these scissors lets him use his whole hand. It makes such good sense and they are beautiful. Chinatown about 5 dollars.

Its still more arts ‘n crafts’ than ‘home building’ but I like this start to building up a better tool box.

 

Day of Thanks for December 29

bull ridingLeo Jul 23 Aug 22: In Don DeLillo’s novel Underworld, Cotter Martin is a young boy living in New York in the 1950s. The following description is about him. “In school they tell him sometimes to stop looking out the window. This teacher or that teacher. The answer is not out there, they tell him. And he always wants to say that’s exactly where the answer is.” I propose we regard this passage as one of your themes in 2015, Leo. In other words, be skeptical of any authority who tells you where you should or should not be searching for the answers. Follow your own natural inclination, even if at first it seems to be nothing more than looking out the window.

Some people go shopping on boxing day
Some people sit and breath
Others get drunk and ride a bull

What can I say… I am leaving a great paying job, selling a condo, moving out of Toronto to go live in a 100 square foot home with no running water, a wood burning stove, an outhouse and a tub outside. Some might say I have jumped through the window. I have 6 more months of the life I have known for almost 15 years. The only thing I can tell you is that I am more excited than I have been in a very long time. Something beautiful is going to be built in 2015 and I will conduct all of my teaching outdoors.

Just Broken In – My Chainsaw!

It is funny that this post fell on Boxing Day.

In the process of moving my life from Toronto to Mother Nature, I am attempting to barter/sell/trade my ‘Urban’ things for ‘Prairie’ things. My best trade yet is a bike for a chainsaw. I bought the bike 12 years ago from a friend and rode it year round, to Montreal, everywhere. I am a great Urban Sherpa and it was my horse. I have a feeling that I am about to develop the same relationship/love affair with my chainsaw.

The bike sold for 350.00. I bought a chainsaw, some chaps and the protective hard hat for 349.26.

JBI-T&M13 A helping hand is necessary. Tree cutting is best as a two person job.

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I am pretty good at cutting up a tree once it has been cut down but I am really now aware of the skill it takes to bring down a tree. A clean cut that does not fall into the other trees is an art form.  That photo is not art.

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Getting comfortable making 12 inch logs.

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This time next year I would like to be really good at cutting down trees.

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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

nomad-micro-home-stairs

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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