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TINY Open House in Boulder: Saturday, April 28.

On April 28, to celebrate the completion of our tiny house, we hosted an open house at McGuckin Hardware in downtown Boulder, Colorado.

It was a gorgeous full day of excited visitors, and seeing everyone’s faces light up as they walked into the house instantly made our eleven months of labor worth it.

In addition to seeing our tiny house, visitors also had the chance to check out the Sol Man portable solar generator that will be powering our off-the-grid home.

More photos from the event are posted on our facebook page, here.



4 Responses

  1. If only I lived in CO, you know I’d be there!

    I’m very interested in the Sol-Man solar generator. I’ve been struggling with how to incorporate solar with my upcoming tiny house project- whether to put the components inside the house somewhere or outside.

    My challenge is that I live in Northern Vermont, where it can get quite cold in the winter (below 0), so my thinking is that my batteries and inverter need to be inside.

    I would imagine that you have similar concerns in Colorado. Is that unit going to provide you with power year round?

    April 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

  2. Hi Ethan, we so wish you could be there!

    And great questions about the SolMan (you are so good at doing your research).

    According to Sol Solutions, The Kyocera panel used in the unit is rated for a huge range of environmental conditions, and will actually put out a little more electric charge under cold, clear conditions, that we’ll likely see in Colorado or Vermont.

    The MK-Deka gel cell batteries used are rated for very cold also. Operation range -76 to 140 F. (They are used alot for remote sensing stations in the Arctic.)

    The other components are also rated for a wide temperature range, so we’ve been assured that we’ll have no problems with the unit in the Colorado mountains. The SolMan box is designed to be outside and will handle most rains just fine, and all outside parts and plug ins are rated for outdoor, and with the way the SolMan panel overhangs the back, it doesn’t really get that wet.

    Hope that helps! How is your own tiny building project shaping up?

    April 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm

  3. Dan

    I moved to Boulder last fall, but I just came across this site today. Do you have any plans for showing your house again? The more I read about this the more I think this is a great idea; I’d be really interested in seeing a tiny house in person sometimes.

    July 13, 2012 at 1:39 am

    • Hi Dan, we’ll very likely have another open house in Boulder when we screen the final film. We’ll be sure to keep everyone updated, via our facebook page and the newsletter sign-up on the site, about when that will be.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      July 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm

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