“Wolflahoma Lodge”

One of the things I love most about the Tiny Home craze is seeing other people’s tiny houses and for those of you willing to share stories, photos, etc I will publish them right here on my blog.

This one comes from Kirk Wolf and is appropriately named “Wolflahoma Lodge”. Wolf’s tiny home was featured on the DIY network show called “Building Off the Grid: Ozark Paradise” and will actually air again on August 27th at 12pm CST.

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One of Kirk’s goals scribbled on a piece of paper was to “Buy Land, with a river (and be sustainable) off grid”. The dream (literally born from a dream) began with a sketch of the home and then became a blank canvas of land soon to be transformed into a home.

Kirk used a lot of reused & re-purposed materials that were destined for the landfill and him and some friends did almost all the work themselves.

A home slowly begins to take shape….

A dream slowly begins to become reality…

The home has some pretty cool ideas. Kirk has set up a blower high up in his home to take in air, blow it down underground through 400 feet of tubing and then back up to the home, exiting the tube at a controled temperature.

The finished product is a huge success that Kirk and his friends and family can be proud to say they built with their bare hands and a lot of love & friendship.

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Tankless Hot Water

As most of you may know, I was at the Edmonton Home & Garden Show last weekend with Steve Zaleschuk from Finished Right Contracting who had one of our current builds on display. One thing I noticed he kept repeating to people when talking about our radiant in-floor heating was, “Just because you live in a tiny house, doesn’t mean you have to go without luxuries!” He’s absolutely right, and most people agreed.

People were amazed when we told them that radiant in-floor heating was in¬†our tiny houses. Of course, you don’t have to have it if you don’t want to, but, why would you not? The pros far outweigh the cons.

The tankless propane water heaters we use are from Noritz Canada and save you up to 40% off your water heating costs, last up to twice as long as traditional hot water tanks, and use¬†recycled parts so there’s less waste.

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Think of it like this, traditional hot water tanks heat all the water in the tank. Then as the water sits there it cools off. Then the tank heats it again. Then it cools off…etc. Traditional tanks heat water when it’s not even being used. Tankless systems have hot water on-demand. It only heats water when the taps are turned on and you need hot water.

The systems we use have two separate outputs. One is your domestic water for showers and doing dishes, and the other is for the in-floor radiant heat which contains glycol. Both are set at different temperatures too!

The only con really is the up-front cost. The system costs around $4000, but the amount of space and money you will save on heating costs make it well worth the initial investment.