Mat and Danielle from Exploring Alternatives trekked 4 km into the woods to stay in a 270 sq. ft. prospector-style tent that is completely off-grid. The tents are rented out as 4-season accommodation for outdoor enthusiasts in Québec’s Gatineau Park but that’s not the only reason the couple was interested in checking it out. They thought it might also be an interesting option as a permanent or semi-permanent tiny home.
The tent is built with two layers of weather-proof canvas stretched over a wooden frame and is equipped with a double combustion wood stove for heat, a solar panel to power 1 LED light, and a propane fridge to keep food cool. There’s also an outhouse, barbecue, and picnic table outside. To maximize indoor space, the tent has a cascade-style bunkbed that sleeps 4.
After spending 2 nights in the tent, they agreed that it would make a very comfortable tiny house with a handful of modifications, including a more robust solar setup, an indoor composting toilet, larger windows for more daylight, a rainwater collection system (for 3 seasons), and a small couch for relaxing by the fire.
This is the inspiring story of how a man, Reverend Jeff Obafemi Carr, is leading a small group of people who are building a community of micro homes called Infinity Village for homeless people in their neighborhood who were formerly living in tents.
For days, the group worked in a remote green space just off of Rosa Parks Boulevard, erecting tiny houses. On Friday morning they traveled by trailer down Broadway and by lunchtime a village of small, stand-alone structures assumed permanent residence at Green Street Church of Christ ready to shelter Nashville’s homeless.
Man Builds Micro Homes for Homeless People Living in Tents
I’m excited to share these hanging tents with you because if you like tree houses and camping you’ll probably love this. Yes, camping in the trees would be awesome, but how? Check this out… it’s a tree tent called the RooMoon made by the Hanging Tent Company. It takes tent camping to the next level (literally). Handcrafted and designed by graduate student, Rufus Martin in Dorset, England. Since he presented this at Byrson School as a final project it has been his full-time business since. So how is this contraption made?
The outside material is a durable canvas that can stand any weather. Flooring is made of a lightweight pine and very portable just like the entire tent itself. Each board attaches together making it easy to roll-up and is used as a carrying case for the frame and accessories. The frame is made of steel rods that are strong and weather proof. Collapses down into a car-sized package making transporting very easy for camping and festivals. The designer says, “the tent is capable of lifting over 1 ton with ease. The user need only to run the lightweight pulley chain through their hands to be lifted into the canopies.”
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I thought the concept was interesting at first but really didn’t think much about it at that point.
Next thing I knew I noticed some horrifically hateful things on the page that made me think twice.
Several people were referring to her page as a scam, “these people think that I’m trying to commit fraud with regard to the original ABC-TV show, using the show’s name to scam people out of their money. That couldn’t be further from the truth,” the page owner told me.
I emailed Sally Schrock, the tiny homeowner, to find out more and while I am sure I don’t have the whole story I do feel as though I know enough about her tiny house situation to speak confidently.
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