Although many people are watching this amazing homemade design & build project, Fuel Ghoul may be the first to report on how Greenmoxie magazine builds a Tiny House in Toronto.
Greenmoxie is a green lifestyle web magazine that is growing incredibly popular in Canada and beyond. The staff is finding its green legs and starting to do remarkable things offline - like building tiny houses. These are more sustainable shortterm accomodation but also permanent dwellings for tourists and backpackers. Greenmoxie journalist Cornelius Quiring pledges to keep the world updated on the team construction challenges and developments as the cabin is constructed. Readers can follow along via email newletters and get constant updates on the progress of the Tiny House which will, upon completion, be available for rent. Another interesting part of the Tiny House project story is its 'birth place' location in Rouge Park more on that later.
David Shephard is seen above outlining the dimensions of the bed and bathroom including a hot shower. One of the differences in his tiny house design over competitors more low-tech solutiona (as per downlaod schematics) is the solar power technology that he and his half brother Dan Shephard bring to the projact. They also have the best batteries in the business. And the best insulation solutions, rain water filtration technology, and hyper modulation of space for storage capability.
All over the world, the tiny house concept is exploding as people opt for more sustainable, and more affordable housing options. That's why the act of making the cabin and recording the step by step challenges involved, capturing the information rich minutia of the experience, will be valuable for others on the same journey or simply researching the cabin before renting it for a weekend in the park.
Photo Credit: Rouge Park
The cabin is on wheels but when completed it will be situated somewhere in the woods around the Rouge River. Rouge Park is a natural wilderness inside the city of Toronto. The park offers great hiking trails, wildlife and Biodiversity and is close to the Toronto Zoo and Rouge Beach.
The GreenMoxie Cabin project is being constructed on a farm near Rouge Park, an urban wilderness park in Toronto . Here David points out the barn swallows that have nested in the stables below his century old workshop. Nobody is allowed to go into the stables unless absoluteley necessary so as not to distuirb these birds, twhich are now on the threatened list of species. They are disappearing because their natural habitat in old barns like this are disappearing. The swallows eat flies and insects that are abudant near cattle but these days the creatures have to fly some distance to find a herd of cattle near an old barn.
Blueprints for Greenmoxie's Tiny House will be made available for a free download - link to follow.
David has cobbled together a crew of volunteers, skilled and handsome builders, enthusiasts and eco-friendly folks who'll work together to create a tiny home for readers and followers of Greenmoxie to marvel at and perhaps rent for a week and occupy its tiny dimensions on future occassions.
Greenmoxie Cabin Creation Ensemble
David Shephard runs an advertising agency in Toronto by day and is the captain of this ship at night on weekends. He's a veteran serial entreprenuer that values efficiency and eloquent design. He is a builder of starnge things and businessman who respects someone who can do more with less stuff. His vision of the Tiny House became a rallying point to which the other artists and engineers gathered with their knowledge and reources. David's vision of the Tiny House to come inspired the other members of the team. .
Green building consultant
As an advocate for green building, Ian will be designing the house, drafting the plans, and making it as eco-friendly as possible while maximizing theproject's limited resources. Ian recycles materials for the windows and doors
Storyteller & helping hand
Cornelius can be found on site twice a month taking pictures and making notes and documenting the entire build process. He's recording the obstacles and challenges as they present themsleves,and remembering exactly how the team overcame their adverse challenges of making a tiny house. He hopes to update the journal atleast thirty times over the course of summer leaving out no new information or details regarding how the team incorporated high technology into the tiny wood frame house.
Solar Energy Consultant
Dan is a certified solar energy system designer with dozens of grid-tied and off-grid projects to his credit. Dan will assist with the build, design, and installation of our off-grid energy system.
Mike was heard saying "We plan to build this home to code, well as close to code as a tiny house can get." And Mike knows best. Mike brings over 10 years of home building experience to the project; he's expected to provide leadership and ingenuity and think through every tiny detail which will no doubt mean measuring twice and cutting once.
David Shephard took time out of building the Tiny House to set up the Bird Photo Booth which he hosted on the property,
It was in the middle of June when the fields were lush and the hay needed to be cut that the Toronto Bird Photo Booth Business Challenge came to the farm.
Birds are abundant here and I will update this post with pictures in keeping with the storytelling done around the Birds of Toronto initiative.
More to follow