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Logan32 Appliance Sponsor

Today's sponsor shout-out goes to Whirlpool. Whirlpool has sponsored a complete set of appliances for the Logan32, in a smaller format. They also provided a natural gas range and dryer, which is helping us keep the power requirements low. Our Tiny Town design plans to use solar for electricity and waste conversion to produce renewable natural gas (RNG). Thes gas appliances will help lighten the solar load.

Read about Whirlpools appliances in the Logan32 here...

Regrettably, due to a supply-chain issue, our build is running behind. Progress is being made and you can see the underlying construction methods of the KTect SBS SIPs. It's really incredible to think that this tiny house is being designed to withstand Hurricane 4 gusts. In addition, the innovative insulation system should make it meet code in any part of Canada! This will be a house without bounds.

Logan32 walk around with some commentary

Here is a walk around tour of the Logan32 yesterday showing the front and inside. I indicated where the different parts of the home would be, and if you want to get a better idea, I've posted the floorplan that Timbercraft made from my layout as well. Thanks to Doug!

Timbercraft floorplan:

  Download PDF File Here

Logan32 Roof and cross-bracing

Here is a quick video showing the roof attached and some of the steel cross-bracing across the back of the Logan32. Tomorrow I'll get more footage of the house, with a walk-through commentary.

Logan32 First Video

Here is the first video look at the Logan32 tiny home during construction at KTect. The floor is in, the walls are up and they are working on some of the headers. Notice there is no trailer under the tiny home at this point.

Logan32 Faucet Sponsor

I don't always post news about the latest sponsor as soon as they agree to help, but I'm working to keep up with all the support. The build is picking up the pace as our first event is quickly approaching. We're heading for Perth on April 21st, this Saturday. I'll post new photos of the build tomorrow. Today’s shout-out goes to Plumbing Plus and Riobel who are sponsoring all the faucets for the Logan32 including the kitchen sink faucet, the bathroom vanity faucet, and the shower system. I am really grateful that Riobel provided them and Plumbing Plus asked for us.

Read about Riobel's products here...

Logan32 Shower Sponsor

Every day we have new sponsors join the Logan32 build. The build continues as the 2018 tour launch rapidly approaches. Check out the latest build photos. Today’s shout-out goes to Longevity Acrylics who is sponsoring the complete shower unit, with built-in seating, grab bars, shelves, doors, and more. This is a great addition to our model tiny home as it is easy to clean, looks great and includes the features that make showering easy for everyone. 

Read about their products here...

Yes, we have a floor!

This is the Logan32 floor, from the underside. The complete bottom will be covered in steel to protect it from the elements as well as animals. Once covered, it gets flipped over and then the build-up continues. This was actually taken yesterday. Today the walls are being attached. More photos and news to come.

Logan32 Window Sponsor

It is really great to have more sponsors join the Logan32 build. As we are approaching the beginning of the tour for 2018 and the Logan32 build is underway, I will be posting more information on the companies and products going into the build. Today’s shout-out goes to Kingston Windows & Doors who reached out to suppliers and Hometech Window Corporation replied that they would sponsor our windows. This is great because their Energy Star, CSA certified windows will make a great addition to this tiny home. Not only will they help the Logan32 look great on the tour but Habitat for Humanity, who we are donating the home to after the tour, will be the ultimate beneficiary.

Read about their products here...

First Construction Photos

Well, I've gotten a lot of questions about the Logan32 and I have been telling everyone the same thing, it's being built. The Logan32 officially went into production last week as the final stages came out of the design shop. They began with the floor, the roof, and progressed to the end walls. I walked through the shop to get a look at the build and here is what I saw.

Floor panels

Roof panels

End-wall panels

I don't know about you, but this is a pretty cool way to build a house, IMHO. I can't wait for next week, as it will start coming together.

Logan32 Paint & Paper Sponsor

After Tiffany Pratt joined the project to build the Logan32, she started reaching out to her partners and one of the first companies to respond was Farrow & Ball to provide paint and wallpaper. They are a great company to work with and have a distinctive palette of 132 timeless colours which are renowned for their depth and complexity.

Wallpapers are usually made with ink, but not theirs. They use their own richly pigmented paint and traditional block and trough printing methods to give a uniquely tactile finish, creating a seamless connection between paint and paper.

This is going to be one beautiful tiny home for someone in need through Habitat for Humanity, after the tour. You’ve got to see the paint and paper choices Tiffany has made: Tiffany's Paint & Paper choices!

Logan32 Design Sponsor

Back in February, I began looking for a designer that I could interest in working with me to create a unique "tiny show-home", the Logan32. I planned to take it across Ontario to promote tiny home living as an affordable solution in today's economy. I reached out to Tiffany Pratt, as I had seen her on HGTV's Home to Win for 2 seasons and was drawn to her personality and design style. Tiffany responded and after we chatted on the phone, we found we had more in common with the interest in affordable housing than I knew.

Tiffany was enthusiastic about the project from the start and agreed to work with me to help make Logan32 a reality. She has brought some of her corporate sponsors to support the build, and I am really excited that we are going to have a great looking model home for the tour and then to donate to Habitat for Humanity. With a 49-city tour of Ontario planned to begin this spring, the Logan32 will be the first tiny home to be seen everywhere.

Coming from a for-profit business background, into starting a not-for-profit association, I have come to realize how special the relationships you develop through the things you do are. Not just for the success of the project, but for the genuine interest that people take, and the effort they put into it. Thanks, Tiffany this would not be happening without you. I can't wait to see what you create!

Logan32 Build Sponsor

At the beginning of March, I reached out to the Queens Innovation Center for help in finding a place to build my model tiny home, the Logan32. I had sponsors of some building materials and volunteers willing to help in the construction, but I still needed a location to build, and my first commitment is to a show in Perth April 21st.

Edward Thomas at the center suggested I look at a building system he had heard of that was just around the corner. I visited their website and sent an exploratory email off to them. Steve responded a couple of hours later, and so began the discussions about the Association and the Logan32 project.

On Monday March 26th, KTect SBS began cutting for the Logan32. Using their unique engineered SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) they are sponsoring building the Logan32. I have been working closely with them over the last month and they are great people. Their SIPs are going to allow us to build a stronger, lighter tiny home that meets the building code requirements, yet is about 3 tons lighter than the same house made out of wood, and they’ll build it in 2 weeks!

Stay tuned for more updates and photos. 23 days to the first show.

Visit their Sponsor page here

Tour Sponsors

The Logan32 build is underway! While we have secured some sponsors for our upcoming 49-city tour across Ontario, we are still looking for more. We wanted to explain to businesses the opportunities that exist by sponsoring the tour:

Tour FactsThe tour will visit every city in Ontario with a population of 40,000+ residentsThe tour will travel to cities with a combined population of over 11M peopleThe tour promotion is being coordinated with Habitat for Humanity, Canada in all locationsThe tour will provide a 1-day open house for the local municipal governmentThe tour will provide a 1-day open house for the local mediaThe tour will provide 3-days open house for the publicThe tour will keep the regional and national media updated on our progressThe tour will keep all social channels updated on the tour activitiesThe tour will place the Logan32 in a prominent location in each city, where all open houses will be heldThe tour will collect and provide some data throughout the tour for the title and transportation sponsorsWe will place acknowledgments on the Association website to all sponsors2018 is the launch of our tour plans, and based on the response, will be the prelude to either a Canadian East, West or both tour next yearWe are getting more interest in our programs from places in the US and may look to tour or coordinate tours there next2018 tour sponsors will have the first choice on all future tour sponsorshipsTour Benefits

The following additional benefits will be enjoyed by sponsors of specific items/services:

Selected tiny home construction materials, appliances, and housewares sponsors will become the preferred suppliers for our tiny home builds. Each Tiny Town will require an initial order of 54 - Logan32 tiny homes. A key focus of the tour is to find the city/municipality that understands the unique distinction of being the home of the FirstTinyTown, as there can be only one that will be recognized as where the movement started throughout history.Transportation sponsors will have the distinct benefit of being associated with the birth of the tiny home movement. Your truck will become the first truck to be associated with moving a tiny home. From our ongoing feeds to local, regional and national media, your truck will be seen everywhere, moving out tiny home. We plan to video and drone record the transporting of the Logan32 on the road across Ontario, as we enter/leave each city on the tour and as we pass through many smaller towns. This is a one-time opportunity to supply the vehicles that will be associated with our tour, and the future of tiny home moving. The visual to keep in mind is your labeled truck moving our Logan32 from city to city across Ontario. This is a 50' unique moving billboard that is sure to make a lasting impression. While we are stopped in each city, we can either leave the truck attached to the Logan32 or we can park it at a local Dealership, providing a media opportunity for them.Service and other sponsor providers will benefit from ongoing reference during the tour to the services they have provided, as well as photo opportunities at office locations in city destinations when possible. We will endeavor to include at least 1 photo opportunity with the Logan32 at a location during the tour.The title sponsor will benefit from our ongoing references throughout the tour. The tour name will include the sponsor company’s name. The company will be granted special access to the Logan32 throughout the tour. Location, website, and questionnaire signage will acknowledge their participation as the key supporter making the whole tour possible. We can include Logan32 rooftop signage to ensure that the title sponsor’s name and logo are prominent in all media exposure.

Website update

In preparation for our upcoming Tiny Tour 2018 and our initiative to inform the public, media and municipal governments of our Tiny Town project, we have updated the website to focus our content. We would appreciate your suggestions and ideas to help us prepare for this undertaking. This is a big project as we plan to visit 49 cities to find the one that will become our First Tiny Town.

We have begun securing sponsorship for the tour, so I'll post notices about our sponsors here. Be sure to read about what they are doing to support the tour, the tiny home we're building and donating to Habitat for Humanity.

Tiny Homes makes Costco cover

It's great to see Tiny Homes on the cover of the March/April issue of The Costco Connection. This reinforces the belief that tiny homes are not just a fad, but a unique, new form of housing. The article focuses on Costco Members and Their Unique Dwellings, but tiny homes are the only ones that can easily be replicated by others.

Affordability is a key feature of tiny homes and this is one of the main reasons that the Tiny Town Association decided to focus on creating places for tiny homeowners to park. They are affordable and they can fit the lifestyle (and budget) of singles, couples, and retirees while maintaining one's independence.

Read this issue online here ...

Connect with other Tiny Home Enthusiasts

Looking to meet and share your interest in tiny homes with others? Good news! You now can meet and network with the growing community easily thanks to our partnership with networking app Shapr !

How to start in 3 steps:

Download Shapr for iOS or Android - it’s freeComplete your Shapr profile or you can get started with one click using LinkedIn.Add #interests to your profile, including the specific #interest:#TinyTownAssociation

Shapr’s smart algorithm will do the rest! Each day, Shapr will suggest relevant nearby profiles who share your professional and personal interests. Your batch will include 15-20 suggestions a day, with around 3 prioritized suggestions from TinyTownAssociation. Just swipe right on the profiles of those you hope to meet. When you match, message your new connection and arrange a time to say hello over the phone or a cup of coffee! Discover each other, and create new links! ☕ There were six million matches in 2017 that lead to fantastic projects, new companies, investments and more. Who will you meet?

Tiny Town Benefit #7

A network of Tiny Towns located within commuting distance of every major city in Canada means you can move within the network and live by the city of your choice. Our network will make tiny homes a real housing option, just like apartments, condos, semi and detached housing.

Today, if you rent an apartment or own a home, you can easily move from city to city to meet your needs. Once the Tiny Town network is established, you will have the same freedom to relocate, but the process will be easier because you won’t need to deal with leaving your current home.

Using the online booking portal, you simply locate a new site in the town nearest the host city you want to relocate to, book your spot for when you want to arrive and not renew the site that you are leaving. Then it’s just a matter of packing the things in your tiny home that could get damaged when you move, disconnect your home on moving day and then drive it to the site in your new town. Connect and you're done.

We are working to set up a national tiny house moving service as well, so if you don’t feel comfortable moving your own house, or you don’t want to keep a pickup truck, just for the occasional move, you can book the service online. They’ll arrive on the appointed day, hookup your tiny home, move to your new Tiny Town and park you in your site. Just connect and you’re home! Best of all you will know the cost of your move, once you've selected your next Tiny Town before you book it! 

Our network is the key to making tiny homes a viable housing option by providing legal places to live and facilitating the ability to move from city to city, just as you can in traditional housing.

Tiny Town Benefit #6

A tiny home is the least expensive home you can own. When you look at every other type of housing and consider what you need to live, nothing can compare to a tiny home. While you can look at everything you don’t have in a tiny home (more air and more storage space) and feel that things are missing, you can also look at everything you do have.

You have a place to sleep, storage, a kitchen, washroom facilities, laundry facilities, office/living room. Your monthly expenses are low, your maintenance is low, the time it takes to clean your entire home is small. Your enjoyment level can be a lot higher because: you don’t need to work as long or hard to cover your living expenses, you can relocate easily to a new city/town, you can have more leisure/sports/me-time because of all the above.

Tiny Town Benefit 5

Why own the land you park your tiny home on?

It’s an asset that ties you down, limits when and where you can go, plus it’s a huge expense. In addition to purchasing the land, you will also need electricity, water, sewer, internet, and gas. These utilities require a further investment, they will need to be maintained and they add to the things that tie you to your land. At some time in the future, you may want to move. What then? Do you sell your tiny home with the land the way traditional homes are sold or do you try and sell the land alone? Either way, moving has now become a chore.

Tiny Towns will be owned by the not-for-profit Association so that revenues can be re-invested in the development and maintenance of the towns. Rents are planned to be kept low by using renewable resources to provide the utilities for its citizens. Citizens are free to move within the town and between towns by simply booking their new location online. All sites will provide complete hookups (included in the monthly rent) so it’s just plug-n-go to connect to your site. Services provided will include water, sewer, electricity, gas, TV, internet (fiber optic connection to each tiny home). We have designed our towns with 12 tiny homes to the acre, which we call a Pod (like a mini-neighborhood). Each site has a concrete pad with tie-downs to park on, lots of green space, a central common area and gardens for the residents of each Pod. Common areas are community maintained and socializing will be available for those that want to participate.

Tiny Towns complete the concept of tiny homes as an affordable housing option by removing the biggest upfront costs, the land purchase and utility installation. Looking forward, they will enable a tiny home’s mobility through plug-n-go and provide a network with access to all major cities. We believe that while tiny homes will expand our housing options, they also have the potential to expand other areas of our lives.

Logan32 hits the Road

We’re building the Logan32, a tiny home designed for Tiny Town living and taking it on a 49-city tour across Ontario this year to give people a sense of the tiny lifestyle. We’re starting the tour at Perth’s Tiny House & Green Home Festival on April 21st.

We are also presenting a talk at the show about Tiny Towns, so if you are in the area, drop by the festival, walk through the Logan32 and other tiny homes, and ask questions about Tiny Towns in person: 

https://the2marys-events.com

Logan32 Plans Donated!

We are thrilled that Timbercraft Tiny Homes is creating custom plans for our Logan32 tiny home which will be touring 49-cities across Ontario this year before being donated to Habitat for Humanity, Canada. They are donating the plans to us, so if you are looking for a company to build you a tiny home, check out their website. Great people building amazing tiny homes  http://timbercrafttinyhomes.com

Tiny Town Ambassador

There are 133 cities where we would like to build Tiny Towns so that THOWs owners can legally live close to their chosen host city. Our long-term plan is to build all 133 Tiny Towns across the nation, and as people are able to visit an operational town, we expect we will be able to get approvals and build faster. How do we decide the order that we build? There are 2 key factors that determine where we invest our resources first:

How eager a city and municipality are to hosting a Tiny Town that we build is the first factor. We have come to realize, especially for our earlyTiny Towns, that we need to work with cities that are forward thinking and can appreciate the benefits of a Tiny Town, without being able to see one complete. Being the #FirstTinyTown is a distinction that they will forever be able to claim with pride (everywhere around the world), but this alone is not necessarily enough to motivate them. They need to be able to understand the benefits that a Tiny Town will provide by expanding the affordable housing options, as well as adding an affordable solution to homelessness in their city. We are looking for cities that are eager to discuss our plans with them.The support we have from the public for a Tiny Town will be the second factor determining the order that we come to a city. We need to know that there are people that want to live in that Tiny Town. We will need residents that will move into a Tiny Town as well as people that support the idea of tiny homes as an affordable housing option, even if they never plan to live in one. When we talk to a city, we need to be able to say we have the support of over 1,000 people that have chosen this city as their Tiny Town choice. It may sound like an impossible number, but each city selected has a population of 40,000 plus people.

So how can you help? You can become an Ambassador for a Tiny Town in your city. It doesn't cost anything, there's no schooling or courses, and you can help out a little here and there when time permits.

We have added a section to the website about being an Ambassador here ...

When will a Tiny Town be in my city?

This is a question I am getting asked more and more often from people across Canada: "I want to move into a Tiny Town in my city, when can I?" I would love to be able to say we're coming your way this year, but realistically, that's not likely.

For us to build a Tiny Town in a new city, a number of things need to happen. First, we need support and interest from a number of people that want to own a tiny home and park it in a Tiny Town. It's a large expense to build a Tiny Town and we need people that will move into it to support it, once it's built. More importantly, we need each city that hosts a Tiny Town to want to work with us, along with the municipality where the Tiny Town will be. They are the ones that ultimately determine if we get the zoning and building permissions to construct and operate the Tiny Town.

You can speed up the process and get us there faster! You can become a Tiny Town Ambassador. An Ambassador is a local champion for getting a Tiny Town to their city and they are willing to invest some time and effort to make it happen. To begin, join the Association (it doesn't cost anything). When you register, indicate that you want to be an Ambassador. After you register, log into your account and complete your profile, most importantly indicate the city you want to be the Ambassador of. 

Next start to work on getting support. This is your biggest job as an Ambassador, to build up interest and support for getting a Tiny Town to your city. Start talking about Tiny Towns with your friends and social contacts. Get them to join the Association and get them to get their friends to join the Association too. It doesn't take long through friends, of friends, of friends, to build enough support that we can bring our proposal to the city council and the municipality. If we present our proposal to the city/municipality and say we have someone that wants a Tiny Town to be built here, no one takes us seriously. But if we say we have thousands of local supporters, real people that want a Tiny Town built in their city, the council can see that that there is a good reason to move forward, allowing us to built.

We are working to build support for Tiny Towns in various cities and as an Ambassador, you can speed the process of getting us to your city, simply by building support. We'll set up a new area of the website that will talk more about being a Tiny Town Ambassador and ways that you can help the movement become a reality all of the 120 cities across Canada where we want to build a Tiny Town. (While our plan is to build 133 cities in Canada, we are targeting just 120 cities to start.)

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#TinyTownBenefit4

We believe that mobility is a key feature of a tiny home. The fact that you pack-up and move your entire house, rather than the contents of your home makes so much sense to us (we all dislike the moving experience).

Many second-hand tiny homes on the market today, are located on a piece of property. A lot of effort goes into finding a property and setting up the services for a tiny home. Unless the property is sold to another tiny homeowner, this is a significant expense that would not be recovered. The easiest way to recover the expense is to sell the tiny home with the lot. Sort of like you would do with a traditional home.

Buyer beware! Often the tiny home is legally parked on a lot because the homeowner has applied for a building permit for a traditional home. This allows them to reside in the tiny home for 2 +/- years while they are “building” their traditional home. This is a somewhat short-sighted approach as, during the permit period, the municipality that issued the permit expects that a conforming home will be built. They may extend the building timeframe for an additional year, but in most cases that is all.

Our Tiny Town plan is to locate our towns within commuting distance (15 minutes) of large cities. We refer to them as “Host” cities. These cities can provide jobs, markets for products and services, shopping and entertainment. Our Tiny Town will have services to each tiny home lot and plenty of common area around them. Tiny homeowners will be able to pull in, connect to the services and be set up in the new town in little time. Because they do not own the site, they are free to move to another site or town whenever they want. Moving is as simple as booking the new site online, then moving on the schedule they select. Rents (including all utilities) are planned to be modest, as we are designing the town services using renewable resources.