Harmony House is for sale. Dawn is moving on to new adventures and Harmony House needs a new owner. See below for the poster and information sheet. Go to our gallery page for more pictures.

Harmony House was our very first build and we would love to see her find a great home!

IMPORTANT - This is a private sale - please direct any inquiries, questions, and viewing desires to Dawn Higgins. phone  902 298-0199 or email  000dawn@gmail.com

Harmony House General Specs:

  • 8’x23’ house footprint (8’x20’ CSA certified trailer)

  • Dual-capable water systems cs(tank and/or permanent water connection)

  • Dual-capable electrics (plug into grid/generator or solar panels)

  • Metal roof

  • Off grid (12v, 500w solar array charging a 670Ah (8kwh) battery bank through

    a 45A MPPT charge controller using a 1 KW/120V AC pure sign wave inverter to convert DC to AC.)

  • Morsø wood stove

  • Nature’s Head composting toilet

  • Precision Temp 4-season on-demand hot water heater (propane)

  • 3-burner stove-top & oven (propane)

  • 12vdc under-counter bar fridge

  • Lots of in-floor storage

  • Sleeping Loft

  • High quality Marvin french doors

  • Stainless steel potable water tank

  • Registered Camper Trailer plates

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Today we are so excited to have you read a piece by Dawn, who has been living in Harmony House for over 7 months now. We get a lot of questions about how people really live in such a small space, and so we thought she could tell it best!

 ready for the fire

ready for the fire

Well, here we are, fast approaching the heart of darkest December. The nights are long and cold, the moon pearlescent and close. I'm putting up coloured lights, thinking about Solstice, elves, flying caribou and random acts of kindness, perpetuated by a man, dressed like a mushroom, who flies up and down chimneys.

When people ask me how living in the tiny house is going, all I can honestly say is, "great". This is somehow (I know) woefully inadequate. Let's face it, a little magic and some drama are what makes a good story. I can only report that learning to live in a tiny house has lacked drama. I suppose I could wax on about the alchemical attributes of photo-voltaics, or the magical flame that heats water, fueled by the vapors from liquid propane but... seriously. Whether the systems would actually work, which might have been a concern as we were building, has dissolved into the functional reality of everyday life. I had a fine summer of running all systems & parallel systems without issue. The 12volt DC truck fridge I was awaiting came in July, is of great quality and holds everything I need it to. Even the logistics of where stuff goes and how I actually use it, ( as compared to my plan) was a minor adjustment. I switched the side I lift up on some storage bins. I moved my clothing from the loft to the little cupboard by the front door. I hung my instruments on the wall and put up a second set of brackets so that I can move the ladder when the table is up.

The only fly in my ointment appears to be finding the "right" piece of land. ( Any ideas, I'm open). There was a problem with the propane regulator when temperatures first dropped below zero.  (OK - THAT made for a very cold, and vocally expressive, shower one morning.) But that was fixed and here we are. I've even had high-speed internet hooked up. (With minimal eyebrow raising and maybe even a twinkle of admiration.)

This winter I'm recording weather, battery levels and indoor/outdoor temperatures daily. This aids immeasurably in learning how to regulate electrical use & heating. My Morsø wood stove is great and all that insulation is paying off. Even with so many windows the house is holding heat in an astonishing way. The challenge was learning to build the right size fire, relative to the outdoor temperature, and then experimenting with how long I can let it go out for. On the coldest day/night so far ( -7) the fire was out for over nine hours & the house was 11 degrees. Not a temperature you'd want to hang out in, but no threat to one's water pipes.

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I'm still researching and contemplating window coverings that will look good and retain heat at night. I still need to finish the area around the fridge (now that it's here). Mostly it's like living in any house. Somehow though - now here's some real magic for you - everything money, time and energy consuming is decreased, and the joys are expanded. The tiny house calls for daily deliberateness, an intentionality, that in itself, brings many rewards.

So, all is peaceful and cosy here in the tiny house. Recently, I did think about the fact that I can't hold large gatherings now, but that will change when summer cycles around. There's a alot to be said for allowing time and space to simply be what it is and aligning yourself with that

 

 

 

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Having frozen all winter working on Harmony House we finally installed the woodstove, just in time for summer.

 Glenn Mason from Safeguard Chimney and Stoves working his magic.

Glenn Mason from Safeguard Chimney and Stoves working his magic.

Tiny houses have a few specific requirements when it comes to heating with wood. You need a small stove to fit in a small space, you need a stove that is easily regulated so that the space does not overheat, and very importantly you need a stove with an external air intake so you are not using the small volume of inside air to keep the fire burning. (fires need air, as you already know!)

Morsø met all these requirements and did so with sleek Danish design to boot! To quote from their literature, "for 158 years, Morsø has spread warmth through our homes, creating memorable moments of pure happiness, closeness, peace of mind and comfort." What more could you ask for?

 First fire in the stove.

First fire in the stove.

A giant thank you to Safeguard Chimney and Stoves for bringing in these stoves and doing such an outstanding installation job!  Morsø stoves come in all sorts of sizes, not just for tiny spaces, and Safeguard are the people to call if you  would like a very well made stove like this.

 Safeguard contact information- right on the van!

Safeguard contact information- right on the van!

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The plumbing system is installed and although it is a somewhat complicated parallel system Dalton Joudrey Plumbing and Heating did a great job.

Harmony House is plumbed for hook-up to regular pressurized water ( ie: a well with a pump or a garden hose) and from there can feed directly to an approved septic disposal system, like the ones found in campgrounds etc.

 fresh water tanks being installed

fresh water tanks being installed

 

 

It also has a fully contained system with fresh water tanks that can be filled, a 12V marine pump to create pressure for the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink and full shower. Plus a grey water tank for storing grey water until it can be emptied at an approved facility.

 Matt installing water pipes and grey water tank.

Matt installing water pipes and grey water tank.

All of these systems give all the comforts of home ( toilet, hot water, kitchen and bathroom sinks) whether Harmony House is hooked up to pressurized water or not. There is no black water system has Harmony House has a composting toilet.

 sinks

sinks

Hot water is provided by an on-demand propane heater. This took quite a while to source, as we needed a four season heater with an external air source - but the Precision Temp 5000 is the perfect fit.

Thank to the guys from Dalton Joudrey who had to work in tiny spaces and did a great job!

Next Post - The Woodstove in Harmony House

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We are happy to announce the date for the Open House!

Sunday June 15th, 2014

18 Sandy Hollow Rd

Lunenburg.

Sandy Hollow Rd runs between Dufferin and Maple on the NW edge of town.

Drop by anytime between 10am and 4pm.

 

We started this build in January, and if you were here you know what a cold and snowy winter we had! I think it we had a snow storm nearly every week, and that slowed down the build. However we are delighted with the finished product and can't wait to show you.

See you Sunday June 15th!

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 Harmony House's solar system has been installed!

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Harmony House will be completely off-grid and powered by two 250 watt solar panels that feed 4 6volt batteries. The electrical systems inside are a combination of standard 110v outlets and a 12v system for the lighting, refrigeration, and water pumping.

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Water heating and cooking will be done with propane. The solar system was designed and installed by Kuno Kuenzle of Green Lizard Energy Solutions. Besides doing a remarkable job designing the system to meet our specific needs Kuno also managed to fit 4 batteries, and inverter, a charge controller and misc. fuses, switches, breakers and cables into the tiny space we left him. ( And sometimes had to fit himself in there, too).

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Green Lizard does some of the neatest and well thought out system designs and installations you can imagine, it is a true pleasure to work with a company that does such outstanding work. Thank you Kuno!

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Next Post - New Build

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The shingles are on, and boy does it look beautiful!

 entrance side

entrance side

 back side

back side

 roof line detail

roof line detail

 wheel/ shingle detail

wheel/ shingle detail

 through the trees.

through the trees.

it is certainly great to get the scaffolding down and be able to take a good look at how Harmony House is coming along.

Next Post: Kitchen Update

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So much is happening, and with the weather finally in our favor we are getting lots done!

 floor going in.

floor going in.

 floor installed. The dark floor looks great!

floor installed. The dark floor looks great!

 Tilda supervising the floor installation.

Tilda supervising the floor installation.

We have a a host of volunteers over Easter that have made short work of getting the shingles up.Huge thanks to Michael, Hannah, Dawn, John, Jennifer, Magnus, Jamie and Tilda the cat, for the hard work, enthusiasm and time! A few more nice days and the shingles will all be up and staging can come down.

 shingling

shingling

 shingling

shingling

 more shingling

more shingling

 and even more shingling

and even more shingling

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The shingles are going to make this tiny shelter look amazing. These will weather to a lovely grey over time. These first few rows up and over the wheel well are the most time consuming as they have to be lined up exactly.

 shingles

shingles

Choosing the colours for the paint is another time consuming task.  Most of the interior will be white, with this lovely blue-grey wall to add depth and contrast.

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This colour is great as it looks so different as the light plays over it.

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The ceiling is a crisp white that adds such light and airiness to the space.

Next Post: Kitchen and flooring

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