making affordable tiny home, off the grid living possible for people in Ontario

It’s time for a change…recently, I announced that simply stephen would be slowing down and bringing about a change. It really is my personal site where I express my views on minimalism, low impact living, alternative lifestyles and green living. One of my passions is affordable housing. I mean really affordable housing, like the $3000 […]



happy holiday 2012

With the world continuing on it’s merry way, I wanted to drop in and wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. My Christmas gift is coming early…my daughter is coming for a visit and it is the first time I’ve seen her in about 3 years. It’s also the first […]

transitioning back on grid

It’s been a bit of a tumultuous journey the last couple months. Closing up from my amazing off grid adventure this summer took a great deal of effort during an extremely cold and wet end of season. It was topped off with tropical storm Sandy and some damage on the property to my neighbour Neil’s […]

top 10 off grid challenges and hardships

  So far it’s been quite an adventure moving off the grid. Not all of it has been a bed of roses, there were challenges and hardships but there’s a silver lining and solution for everything. Time, patience and ingenuity has proved to be the best way to look at things, however a little bit […]

this season’s off grid projects and changes

It was quite an adventure this year getting used to life off grid in my own surroundings. It’s Certainly had it’s ups and downs, which I’ll write about soon, but I’ve experimented with so many types of living, It’s all just a fantastic journey to me. One big giant learning experience. With limited funds and […]

winding down for the location independent winter adventure

You’ve probably noticed an absence of blogging recently. There are a number of reasons. I’ve had very little time and access to the web and when I did it was for a short bursts. With the days getting shorter, our small solar system has provided very little in the way of power. To top things […]

the proud owner of 3 prospector tents

Even though we are late in the season, Neil (the other RVer on site) and I decided to buy 3 large canvas prospector tents for $100 total. They are manufactured by the Timothy Eaton Company (sadly a Canadian Iconic Company no longer in business). We picked them up a few weeks ago from an interesting […]

the heat is on – keeping warm off the grid

This question is a good one “how do you keep warm living off grid?”. I have a few options. Electric. Propane. The RV Engine, DIY heater, Candles, Insulation, Clothing, fan, A/C, Location, Clothing. Depending on the type of housing, you have a variety of choices. insulate and seal Just like in a home, it’s important […]

the sum total of my off grid energy sucking devices

Over the last few weeks I’ve talked about off grid power and technology (which uses power). One of the ways to reduce the need for electricity is to reduce the devices that consume power and to buy energy smart devices. I have very few items that use electricity but actually think I have too many […]

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