Buying Appliances for a Tiny House

Sometimes, less is more when it comes to living space.

More of a headache, at least.

It might be a stretch to call it a ‘movement’ but the tiny house trend is definitely stronger than ever. Whether it’s to save money or embrace minimalism, more young families are moving into compact homes with less than 400 square feet of space.

And they sure do make the life look glamorous. After all, these aren’t like the rustic mobile homes of the past! 

Today’s tiny houses are chic and often hand-crafted by the people who call them home. They’re not cramped, but cozy. Who doesn’t like cozy?

Of course, cost-savings and mindfulness aside, living in a small space can be a ‘big’ challenge! You could even say it’s an absolute pain.

This is especially true when it comes to buying appliances.

Most home appliances are built for one of two purposes: to sit full-sized home or be taken on-the-go. Neither is suited to a tiny, permanent living space. Finding a fridge for a tiny house is one thing (at least you can use a mini-fridge or a bar fridge), but just imagine trying to fit an oven, microwave, and a washer + dryer, in a kitchen the size of a typical half-bathroom?

Don’t even think about trying to fit a coffee maker in one of these things. It’s not happening.

Air conditioning is another not-so #Instaworthy facet of tiny house living. That tiny wooden box is going to heat up faster than you can say, “quirky.” For that matter, how’s the fire safety in these things? That’s a blog for another day.

Anyhow, when it comes to a small space, free-standing A/C unit is out of the question. So is a permanent outdoor unit, if you plan to take your home on the road. Your best (and possibly only) option is to stick an air conditioning unit in your window. This will free up prized floor space and get the job done. Fortunately, window air conditioning units come in all sizes, from the very small to the gargantuan.

Next challenge? Finding a fridge and air conditioning unit fit for #vanlife.

Hockey Night in Canada or How I Learned to Love Hockey and My Grandfather

Like many a Canadian youth, I loved hockey. And like many unfortunate Canadian youths, I wasn’t very good when it came to playing it. Weak ankles and the coordination of an aged water buffalo found me relegated to defense, where I would invariably also mess up. The gods smiled upon me, however: in a career where I hardly ever scored, I somehow managed two goals in my last game. And they even went in the right net.

My grandfather was always a gruff type who had little time for small talk or children. To say we had nothing in common seemed to be true across the board, with one exception: hockey. Grandad rarely ever missed a televised game and that was entirely possible back in the days when there were only a handful of channels and teams.

Every Saturday from 8PM to midnight, he and I were incognito because Hockey Night in Canada ruled the television. It was a genuine pleasure watching him getting involved in the action by talking back to the screen (which taught me a few new and interesting swear words, too). He would also take the time during commercials and intermission to talk about different periods in his life. Initially, these anecdotes only revolved around hockey, but he gradually revealed aspects of growing up, working, and even dating that I never would have expected to hear.

Nothing topped his love of the game, however. That said, he only attended a handful of hockey games in his life. Grandpa was content to sit in the basement enjoying his beer and sardines (which somehow went along well together) while the CBC’s various commentators told who had the puck and who had just gotten a ten minute misconduct penalty.

Grandad and me never did share the same sort of unforced openness that I have with my parents, but I’m grateful for the way that hockey opened him up to me. Thanks CBC.

The Importance Of Scheduled Maintenance For Your Furnace System

Do you have a specific scheduled maintenance for your furnace system or just wait what will happen and try to fix it if problem occur? You don’t want to do that to yourself and to your family. You need to be prepare all the time. Cold weather is fun when you can enjoy staying at home with your loves ones without the troublesome. The warm and comfortable feeling during cold season. People often forget to pay attention on how important furnace inspection. It must be maintained at all cost to avoid inconvenience when the winter comes. You do not like to experience problem during cold season particularly with the family alongside.

The importance of having a scheduled maintenance for your furnace system is for preventive measures. Just to make sure your unit is in good condition. That it will run during the cold season without breakdowns. A furnace need to be tune-up like your car to be able to function well when using it. No matter how much it will cost, you must make sure you do the right furnace inspection because the unit is still a machine. It has a complex piece of mechanical apparatus that sooner or later will breakdowns and needs repairs.


By keeping your unit on top of annual maintenance, it will reduce the incidence of repairs in the future. The parts of the unit will last longer and function properly. There are also benefits when you repair your furnace in Waterloo to prevent upcoming complications from developing. It includes lowering your energy bills, fewer repairs needed, lower the probability of a terrible breakdown during the cold season, it will longer your equipment life and you will have a safer equipment operation. If you cannot do the maintenance or inspection by yourself, you must leave it to the professionals.

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