As we work away in the warmth of the wood shop we have lots to show for it: a mountain of walnut shelving and display units for a pottery gallery, a teak pulpit, and an inlaid table for a boat. All being shipped to Bermuda - and we wish we were delivering it in person!

Coming up in the next few weeks are two children's chairs, a cherry coffee table, and a maple bed. Don't worry we are not getting out of the tiny house groove - we are busy designing a line of smaller units - perfect for offices, bunk houses or smaller multi-use work spaces. There will also be a cool mobile sauna - all to be unveiled in time for spring orders!

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Sometimes when we are between builds or not wanting to work outside - we take on a few woodworking projects so we can hide in the shop with the wood stove roaring and the sawdust flying.

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Tiny houses have been our thing for the last few years - and we will return to them in the spring, but furniture and custom cabinetry have also been our passion for even longer. We have a couple of great projects on the go at the moment, some shop fittings for a gallery in Bermuda, a couple of cool table, some children's chairs, and a bed are coming up. This sounds like a lot but the winter here is looong so if you have a smaller project in mind give us a call. Check out our other website Elsewhere Woodworks and know we'd love to talk to you about furniture, or tiny houses.

How does this relate to tiny houses you may ask. Well - if you can think of it we can build it, and in a tiny house you can go all out on those beautiful hand-crafted details and have them within arms reach. So keeping that in mind, give us a call and we can start designing a tiny house, or weekend cottage for you.

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please share this - we are happy to ship furniture, or have people come to beautiful Nova Scotia to pick it up! Hope everyone is having a great 2018 so far - we are certainly enjoying the warmth of the wood stove!

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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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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!

Space has been sitting patiently waiting for spring and with the warmer weather and sunshine now is the time to snap her up and take her home.

Go take a look at - she's at Safeguard Chimney Sweep and Stoves, 12171 Hwy3, Spectacle Lakes. This is just outside Lunenburg on the way to Bridagewater. The good people at Safeguard have installed all the stoves for our tiny houses and have been kind enough to let us park Space by their shop. While you are there you should absolutely go in and buy a wood stove or a barbeque - or both! The best plan would be to set yourself up for summer by buying Space and a barbeque.

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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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As we dig out from another snowstorm, the second big one in three days, we are sharing with you a lovely video made by Exploring Alternatives all about Dawn's tiny house and her tiny house life. So click here and be transported to summer!

And here's what it looks like at our place, we are getting bundled up to do some more shoveling!

Of course we wish for the big stuff first - for peace, kindness, generosity, and equality to be the most common things on earth. For people to stick together, to stand up to hatred, and to be gentle with themselves and others.

As most of you know we do nearly all custom work, we build for clients' dreams, tastes, and needs. Now luckily we have had amazing clients, and we love all the tiny houses we have built. That doesn't mean we don't have things we'd love to build that no one has asked for, yet!

So in no particular order we present some things we'd love to build...

1. Anything on a goose-neck (or fifth wheel) trailer. Now these are popular in the tiny house world, it's just we haven't had one commissioned. We love the idea of no loft, and there are lots of clever design ideas for single level living. This photo is of one of Macy Miller's designs (she has kindly allowed us to use the photo). Her website is http://minimotives.com.

 2. A mobile Sauna.  We are thinking 14-16 feet, towable by a standard SUV, with the space divided to provide a sauna and a changing area. There are wood stoves made for such applications, where the firebox is accessed from the outside, and you could even design it so it could be a bunkie or office in the off-season. Of course, we don't know what the off season is for a sauna - they are great anytime!

3. A floating tiny house. A really gorgeous one - like this picture from an unknown location in Sweden. This would be so fantastic on a lake or in a cove here in Nova Scotia .

4. This cute tiny shelter... we don't know we just love this porch, the roof-line, the proportions. It's a bit more rustic than our normal style, but we just fell for it. Although it's not the most efficient use of space wouldn't it be the best place for guests, for writing, or maybe that sauna!

5. A mobile solar power station. Something towable that can act as a rack for solar panels plus contain all the batteries, charge controllers etc and maybe even a back up generator. This could be towed in anywhere to produce power either short or long term. Maybe something narrow enough that it could be stored in a shipping container or even shipped somewhere.

6. A Meditation Room. - Something we amazing woodwork, maybe tatami floors, sliding shoji screens, clever storage, and a very serene feeling. Or maybe something designed to look like the interior of a yacht with teak and holly floors and built in bunks.

Our next building slot opening is May 2017, so if any of these ideas excite you, or you have some clever designs of your own please get in touch.

Happy 2017 from Full Moon Tiny Shelters.

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As many of you, our adoring public, know we live in an off-grid house and build our tiny shelters from an off- grid workshop. In addition we have built several off-grid tiny houses, including our current build Tiny Tiger, so while we are not experts we do know a good bit about solar power. Here are some thoughts that may, or may not, be useful.

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The first point to repeat is we are not solar experts. We have some knowledge, but when it really comes down to designing and installing a photovoltaic system you need a specialist! In our area that specialist is Kuno Kuenzle of Green Lizard , and without him we'd be lost.

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With photovoltaic systems (PV systems) there are two basic set ups. One is a grid-tie where your house is still attached to the power grid and your PV system helps run your meter backwards so you are not getting as big a power bill. You can also have a hybrid system where you are attched to the grid but also have a small battery bank for times the grid is down. This gives you a bit of autonomy but you are still dependent on the grid.

In our case we take a different path in that we are not attached to the grid at all. (No power lines come to our house or workshop at all). This means we have to have a larger battery bank for storing our electricity and a back up generator should we need to top up the batteries. Our battery bank gives us on average 5 days of autonomy - meaning it holds 5 days of our average power consumption for both our house and workshop. This is generated by a 2000 watt array with power stored in a 35k watt battery bank wired for 24v. Our house is wired in standard 110v and to a visitor seems normal in that we do not read by candle light, or need to make toast over an open fire. The small differences are that we heat our water with an on-demand propane system, cook with gas, and do not have a clothes dryer. Our primary heat source is a wood kachelofen.

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When sizing a PV system you do a load calculation - which determines how much power you use on an average day so you can build a system that meets those needs.The first thing you learn is that anytime you use electricity to produce heat (hot water, electric heat, clothes dryer) you use tons of power so these are usually the first things to be eliminated. To be honest, if you have wood heat it's easy to dry clothes inside and an on-demand hot water system is much more efficient than keeping water hot all day for your evening shower. AS for our workshop, it's not huge but we do have all the necessary tools, but all 110v ones. This isn't a huge commercial shop with big machines running all day long.

We also build off- grid tiny houses. These have the same basic design except because of the space constraints it cannot have a huge battery bank. For the most part we keep the systems simple and try to run as many things direct from 12v as possible, including lighting, refrigeration, and water pump. In addition we put in a small inverter that will create 110v power for small appliances, computers etc. For hot water we stick with on-demand propane, with a special unit designed for small spaces.

Alot of people ask about putting the solar panels on the roof, but our preference is to do a mobile ground mounted rack that is easy to move, easy to clear of snow and simple to orient towards solar south. For our current build we have a 825 watt array, 11k watt battery bank wired in 12v. This is designed to meet the clients needs and hold 4-5 days of power. There is also a charging input plug that would allow for hooking up to a power cord should one be available or a small portable generator and the batteries could be topped up this way if it's necessary.

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It is true that when living and working off the grid one needs to be more aware of electricity, but to us that's a benefit not a drawback. We are all so used to flicking a switch, having everything powered up all the time, forgetting to turn things off that we forget that this power is being generated somewhere! There is no better feeling than when building a tiny house you stop and realize all the power that went into construction,  that all the tools and machines used were powered directly by the sun!

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