Guest Post by Laura Moreland
When I selected the milk chocolate-colored siding for Tiny House Ontario it was not my first choice. I had hoped to go with a sort of grey/green/brown, just like the trunks of the trees that surround my tiny house. I hoped the house would blend right in on the background and disappear from the road, particularly when winter comes and the Carolinian forest around me is leafless. I was disappointed that this shade was only available for industrial grade and therefore more expensive siding. Too much money, and frankly, the work had to be done. I was already a year behind schedule and because of this last year Tiny House Ontario was left naked. This was because the local mill did not have time to cut the cedar siding I ordered. Consequently, the house stuck out like an ugly white Typar version of a bandaged sore thumb.
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This year, early on, I called the mill but again they were too busy with other work, so I canceled and ordered my now third choice option, just to have her all finished.
The desire for the house to blend in is not a security issue. Unlike a few members of our tiny house community, I do not have any security concerns.
In Ontario where our home is situated houses are often left unlocked, keys are left in cars, and the truth is that beyond the little solar panel there is nothing that is valuable, except to my own personal sentimentality. Thieves and teenagers don’t break into houses to get books and amateur artwork.
They want expensive electronics or space to party; I have a computer but I bring it with me everywhere I go and space is pretty limited for kids to party in. Besides, we have invaluable security: nearby, cautious, and watchful neighbors who are always at home.
This spring when I pulled in, my neighbor was walking back my drive and he stopped me to say that strange people just pulled in. Turns out that he did not recognize my sister who was visiting from Saskatoon and my son who came in from Hamilton, and was just on his way back to investigate.
The truth is, that if you pull in at my place, my neighbors will see you. I do exactly the same thing too. I feel that it is a matter of duty to those around you, to be concerned about them and their things and I am fortunate to enjoy the fact that my neighbors share the same ethos.
My point is that the color selection for our little house was about it blending into its surroundings, being part of the forest and the community around it. I am sad that the season of being there will soon end because we don’t yet have a furnace. Even so, this fall, as I prepare to lock the doors and leave for winter, I feel like the place fits right in and so do I.
Quotes that are important to me:
“Humour is a serious thing. I like to think of it as one of our greatest earliest natural resources, which must be preserved at all cost.” ~ James Thurber
“A part of you has grown in me, together forever we shall be, never apart, maybe in distance, but not in heart.” ~ unknown
“Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?” ~ Richard Bach
“It is never too late to become what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot
“Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~ Mother Theresa
For more of Laura’s tiny house in Ontario, check out her blog: tinyhouseontario.wordpress.com
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