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1/27/14

Modern Prefab House Is So Bored Through The Polar Vortex We Play With Candles.

I have some Prefab Modern House Kit Company News, this week...

A sneak peak! Of the prefab tiny house
built backwards! I will reveal more,
next week!
Yeah, it's snowing there, too.

I received some pictures of the Dogtrot Mod modern prefab being built in Pennsylvania! I will write up her story and start sharing her progress with you next week! This woman has impeccable modern taste, and is passionate about being environmentally friendly. I can not WAIT to document her tale, and share it with you.

Second, I had a thoughtful conversation with a gentleman who is interested in building one of our prefabs outside of Charlottesville.

If you ever read this blog, know I really appreciate it, and especially your patience as I gab gab gab off topic. Although the purpose of the call was to discuss the product, i.e. the prefab homes, he mentioned he does enjoy hearing our family experience, of living in our own prefab, and is particularly interested in what our children think about it all, as they have children just a tad younger.

The Pipsqueaks are excited to hear readers want to know what they think and that people would like their advice to other families considering purchasing a prefab, what they think about living in a small foot print home, and being off grid.

So I present:
The Kiddos' Corner, a new regular addition to the blog.

If you would like to direct questions to The Kiddos, please do so, in comments, and I will have them respond in the following week's post.

So. Living off grid, in a modern prefab, the first piece of advice they would like to give us is...

"If you have children, get a puppy! Get a really, really big puppy, they're HUGGABLE!"
"Yeah! ...and if you can afford it, GET A PONY!!!!"

Uhm... There ya go, green building enthusiasts.
The Kiddos have spoken their thoughts on, uh, green building.
Exit stage left, kids...

 
At the off grid prefab house, this time, a polar vortex arrived with snowThe temperature dropped, the winds rose, and snow gusted and swirled, battering the prefab.
Inside, all was quiet.

Off Grid Prefab Captain's Log:
The Prefab Is Engulfed By Polar Vortex. 
Our crew struggles to survive The Vortex, Day 2.
07:00 Hours: Awoke to the cook stove out. Panic set in.
It was negative degrees, in harsh climate, with high, angry winds.
The temperature inside the prefab had plummeted to... 64 degrees.
WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIIIIIIIIIE.

Ha.
We are all snug
as a bug
in an off grid prefab rug.
"Feels like 2!"
...Not in here, he's hotly sprawled...
 
 
 
He's schooling in short sleeves in this vortex...
[And, Psssst: Don't tell them it is a snow day!
I just said have some fun, have some school.]
 
Outdoors... "FEELS LIKE 5"
...indoors.

My mom thinks we're all going to die, being off grid through these polar vortexes.
Mom.
It's 70+ degrees in here.
Our on grid city friends aren't that warm.
Mornin', folks... Hashbrowns, coffee and tea are served!
 
 
 
 
 

But days into it, that doesn't mean we might not be losing our minds.
How We Spent Our Time In The Polar Vortex:
And at this point, only mid-morning, I had already thrown them outside, thrice.

[Note that although it is a polar vortex outside, Pipsqueak 1 is in short sleeves!]
A friend added, "With young children, is a hamster wheel connected to a generator not a viable backup power source?" GREAT IDEA!

But as suddenly as the chaos starts, it stops.
He is showing his support of Pipsqueak literacy.
She's composing a song for him.
Don't get me wrong... it's cold!
 
 
 

But this, I know: this Southern Gal is starting to get the hang of this whole Polar Vortex thing.
I'm the only one who has built one of our prefabs (or any other prefab) so far completely off grid.
Yet in dire conditions, just with the antique cook stove heating our house, we are cozy.
 
 
 
 
 
 

With the wind whipping and gusting, and the temperatures icing Arctic, I played indoors.
For kicks, I put a candle in the *draftiest* room- the bathroom, where there is a penetration for the composting toilet.
Here it is.

THEN I put the candle in windows throughout the prefab, resulting in boring videos like this:

Ok, ok, we all know where I'm going with this: the prefab is tight, energy efficient, and non-drafty. [And of course with such tight envelope energy efficient homes ERV / HRVs are critical!]

Here's where it got fun. THEN I put the candle in front of that fan thing-y we have spinning on the cook stove. You know, it spins, and you always wonder, "Is it REALLY moving air around? Because I don't feel anything."
It does!

From EcoFan:
"Ecofans generate their own electricity from the surface heat of your wood stove and circulate warm air throughout the room, increasing your comfort. ...
Moves air up to 175 CFM"

During cook stove season, now with no longer any current prefab house projects to busy him, my European Handsome Husband has discovered Julia Child and her Mastering The Art Of French Cooking.

"Ach! Zis is ZO MUCH BESSER Zan German Cooking!"
Uh, duh.

"Vee vill have Boeuf Brisée!" And he starts flinging pots, dirtying dishes, tossing meat, butter, parsley and liberal amounts of wine around into overly hot, sizzling pans...

I'm all, "Daaaaaag. I wish you had become infatuated with her like six years ago, then we'd have a book deal, film, and be all BFF with Meryl!"
Too late...
But the food is filling. With some added homemade noodles, and turnips...

In these dire polar vortex times, we are eating like Kings.

Winter in the off grid prefab is... delicious.

 
 

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