As we look ahead to 2018 it seems like a good time to also look back at the tiny house movement, at our business, and of course provide a 2018 wish list!

Full Moon started as a happy accident when we were asked to build a tiny house - several years and many builds and wonderful clients later we are proud of what we have done and excited for what is to come. One thing that has been very interesting is how tiny houses and their uses have and continue to evolve. In the early days almost all our inquiries ( and we get hundreds for each eventual client) were about living in them full time. Whether people were looking to downsize for financial reasons, wanting to live with less, or for the potential to travel, nearly everyone was looking at these as a permanent home.

 

In just a few years it has been fascinating to see how this has shifted - and as the idea of tiny houses has become more mainstream we are now fielding way more inquiries about tiny houses as weekend or vacation homes, as an extra space for visitors, as home offices, mobile saunas, art studios, or remote cabins that can be towed home at the end of the season. It has really opened up a client base that didn't exist at first. The joy of towing a fully functioning cabin in to the lake, (or to the seashore, or anywhere else!) with no zoning issues, no permits, and no extra taxes,is pretty appealing!

As for the live-ins - zoning is starting to change and tiny house communities are going to start sprouting up sooner than people think. We love working with people to design and build their dream tiny house!

Here are a few retrospective photos followed by our 2018 wish list pictures!

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Now - looking forward here are a few pictures to inspire and hopefully we will get to build something similar in 2018!

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Wishing you all a very happy 2018! Remember to give us a call or an email soon if you are hoping to be using your tiny house this summer....

James and Jennifer

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With AF1 now safely at her permanent home and the holidays coming - we need to thank a lot of people. First, to our wonderful clients, obviously we wouldn't be here without you! We so enjoy the process, from our first meeting, listening to your wish lists, and becoming friends as the build progresses. We have had the pleasure of meeting such great people and look forward to meeting new clients in 2018.

Most of the building work is done by Jennifer and me, however we have an outstanding network of trades people who come in and work on the systems so that we can be sure everything is done just right. Many of these people work on lots of other projects and we recommend them all!

Safeguard Stoves - this family business is the best to work with - Glenn, Tammy, Jay, and Jake have provided and installed all the wood stoves we have used and we cannot recommend them more highly.

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ASAP Electric - Stefan, Aaron, and Brad have done the wiring on most of builds and we'd be lost without them.

Green Lizard Designs - Kuno does the electrical work and builds the systems for all our off grid units. If you are considering any off grid system this is the guy to talk to!

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Jodrey Plumbing and Heating - Mark, Wade, Robert and Michelle - these guys are great at working on our plumbing set ups - they always think of clever ideas and do a great job!

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In addition to all these fine people we'd like to thank Linkletters Welding for providing such well built trailers that are the foundation of each tiny shelter. Everyone at Castle Building Supply in Blockhouse from whom we get the vast majority of our supplies from and have the pleasure of visiting nearly daily. Kay Ennis who takes our rough drawings and turns them into beautiful 3D designs - so helpful for clients, and us. Melanie Langille of Dis'N'Dat Upholstery who has done lots of work from awnings and odd shaped mattresses to cushions and black out blinds. Galen's propane is our go to company for all our propane stoves and on demand hot water - they are a pleasure to do business with.

This past year we worked with Robar Countertops and DHW Cabinet Doors both of whom have been great to deal with and do lovely work. Of course Doug and Robin at the Boat Locker - who helps us source those crazy things we need that only boat people will understand.

Last, but certainly not least, are Shawn, Matthew and John at Schooner Cove Marine - they have moved and delivered most of our tiny houses - one all the way to Ontario. No matter how many we do moving day is always nerve wracking, but working with people who are so good at their jobs goes a long way towards feeling semi-relaxed as we watch a tiny house sneak out the driveway.

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Really last thanks to the two dogs and one cat that check our work and love helping out. They are always watching our work - keeping a sharp eye out in case we make a mistake and always alerting us to visitors.

It's amazing how many details there can be in 200 sq feet - and how many people we depend on to get it just right! Thanks to everyone for a great 2017 and we wish you all a wonderful 2018!

James and Jennifer

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Wow - what a wonderful time we had at the Saltbox Brewery. Hundreds of people came through the tiny houses. So many people who love tiny spaces, have wild and creative ideas for their dream houses, and to meet so many lovely enthusiasts was a pleasure.

Of course it was so busy we didn't have time to take a lot of pictures - but here are a few in case you didn't make it.

A huge thank you to everyone at the Saltbox Brewery for having us there for the weekend! 

Due to a scheduling issue we still have a spot open for a winter build - so if you'd like a tiny shelter for next summer - on the lake, by the sea. or anywhere else - then drop us an email as soon as possible!

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Also stay tuned for a video tour of Air Force 1 - we are working on it!

We're having an Open House weekend - Friday December 1 - Sunday December 3 - but cleverly are adding beer to the mix! So we will be at The Saltbox Brewery in Mahone Bay, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday - from noon-6 (maybe a bit earlier on Saturday).

Stop by and see our latest build, Air Force 1, before it heads to its new home. We will also have Space there - and what a wonderful Christmas present this would make! We can deliver it to you after Monday and it makes a perfect place for guests, for writing, for contemplation - a dad cave, a mom shed.... or a pop up shop.

Stop by and have a beer and say hi - the Christmas festival will be in full swing in Mahone Bay so there is lots to do for everyone and there's even a little shuttle train that goes around town and stops right at the Saltbox!

 

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First - thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat at The Guy Show - over 15,000 of you! It was a fun weekend, and we certainly met lots of new tiny house enthusiasts.

Air Force 1 is getting near to completion and here's a fun challenge...

Our client wants a table and chairs for occasional use - so we came up with this couch with a hideaway place for chairs in the ends. When they want to use them they open the hinged end doors, then get the legs from the centre drawer - and voila chairs! The table comes apart, too - so it is all hidden away until they need it. Plus the whole couch is on casters so it can be moved around as needed.

Custom cushions are being made - and it was such fun to find a way to make everything fit! We love design challenges.

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We've never done this before so we have no idea what to expect. The organizers of The Guy Show at the Halifax Exhibition Center invited us and we thought - well why not?

'Space' will be there to see - and is for sale so you can have it delivered next week if you'd like. There will be lots of information as well as pictures, plans, and lots of tiny house talk. To date we have built live in shelters, yoga studios, weekend retreats, hunting cabins, home offices, and even a sauna - so come by and chat about what project we can build for you.

There will also be lots of other exhibits - from distilleries and craft beer, food, a skydiving company, and many others. It's for everyone - don't be put off by the name...

Their website - to see what is happening is here

November 10, 2017 - 12:00 pm (noon) - 9:00 pm
November 11, 2017 - 12:00 pm (noon) - 9:00 pm (2 for 1 admission after 6:00 pm) 
November 12, 2017 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Directions are on the website - and also a list of exhibitors etc etc

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Look forward to seeing you this weekend in Halifax!

Let's face it - summer is busy. We are building, sailing, growing vegetables, swimming, and trying to get as much sun as possible during the short summer months. The blogs seems to slide down the priority list - but now fall is here and we are busy watching the leaves fall, the squirrels are busy, the dog got sprayed by a skunk, and it's time to catch up.

Air Force 1 is coming together. The exterior is complete, all the wiring and plumbing is roughed in, the walls and ceilings are insulated and the pine boards installed.

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The floor went down. and the interior cabinetry is taking shape. There are walnut counter tops under construction, and there is a guest bed that will slide under the raised floor. A cool movable couch that will contain dining room chairs is in the planning stage ( 3am inspiration is coming!).

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The cat likes to hide under the trailer and then leap out at the unsuspecting.

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We had our winter build lined up, and then the client had toback out - so hopefully one of the others will step in. But if you have a design ready to go we have a rare opening in our schedule and you should call James right now on 902 277 0862.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all our friends, clients, and anyone who follows our adventures.

 

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Phase One is complete - this means the roof is on, the windows are in, the door is installed, and the exterior trim and siding is complete. Now we move inside - where the electrical wiring has been roughed in, and the plumbers are roughing in the pipes and tanks. Then we will start insulating and getting the walls and ceiling prepped for installation. The exterior looks great - the colour combination of the blue and white is very crisp looking.

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We are cruising along with great sunny weather and long summer days.

The structure is up, the roof is on, the windows and door are in, and we have the corner boards on. Siding will be going on next, and then we move inside.

Inside the raised floor skeleton is built - and now the windows seem in just the right place. The raised floor will have water tanks under neath at one end and have storage and a guest bed hidden under the other end. This stage doesn't photograph that well - but you'll be able to see what we have done.

Once inside we'll get the electrical and plumbing rough ins, the insulation in the the walls and ceiling in... lots to do and there will be more pictures soon.

Sorry I couldn't resist the pun.. I wont keep doing that, I promise!

Beautiful weather for building a tiny hose and we are off to a great start on the new build.

The walls are flying up (oops, sorry another air force pun) and we will start sheathing soon.

If you are thinking "gosh I'd love a tiny hose for next summer" now is the time to talk to us as we fill the over the winter build slot. Don't let another summer go by without your very own tiny shelter - give us a call or email and we can start designing your dream.