Guillaume’s Work Begins

Things are looking both new and hot at Tiny House Ontario. There is a lot going on there despite my having not been there much. Unable to use the house this year because of my illness and recovery, I have loaned THO to my friend Guillaume. He recently had an absolutely gorgeous custom trailer built for himself. Now delivered, he is, using this to build a tiny house on wheels for himself.

As you see, his construction site is just a few feet away from THO. He has a huge tarp over everything because the ticks are bad this year. Both he and I have had tick bites within 24 hours of each other and are hoping we don’t wind up with a ring rash.

Ticks aside, we will both gain from this partnership. He has a place to stay with everything he needs to live and in the end he will have a tiny house of his own. For me, I have peace of mind because he is checking on THO and keeping me up to date on the place. Not only that but any house is better when used, particularly one in the forest. It does not take long for nature to again take control of a little place that you have etched out for yourself.

In the end, I will gain a neighbour. He will be parking his house deep in on the rear of the property, and will be putting in some gravel to give himself easier access to the land there. This will be nice for us because currently we have to clear the path month after month because the forest closes itself in on it so quickly. It will reduce the workload by six to ten hours a year. Not much, you may think, but in the heat of summer in the forest this is not just hot work for every hour you spend working in the forest you have 3 or four days of scratching mosquito and black fly bites. Having him improve the path into a lane by adding a few loads of gravel and levelling, will remove a nuisance job as well as a lot of itchy nights.

Eventually his place will be about a quarter of a kilometer away from mine, but in that thick forest we won’t see one another’s homes at all. This said, I am sure we will visit, break bread and drink a beer or two with relative frequency.

Another thing that has changed, is along with his friend, Guillaume built a fire pit. This is something that I have been meaning to do since day one, but never made the time to do it. Frankly, he did a better job than I would have. He is a frequent camper so I am sure he has seen more than one of these in his travels and obviously he knows how to do this up right. On Sunday, we added some seating to the area. I asked my cousin Kenny bring up nine cut logs, so now there is no need for guests to drag in lawn chairs. All that is needed now is friends, beer and someone with a guitar.

I will, of course, update you on the new tiny house as his project moves along. Best of luck on your build my friend!


Laura Moreland is a contributing writer for Tiny House Listings.  She lives in a tiny woodland cottage near Kingston Ontario with a pack of dwarf dogs.  Her woodsman ensures that she never accept apples from old ladies.  You can learn more about Laura through her website “Tiny House Ontario” here.

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