Young couple builds tiny Quebec home from scratch

Marie-Shadia and François-Xavier are not your average young couple. They live in a 184 square foot home located in an eastern township of Quebec, Canada where they work and attend school.

Now married, the duo met four years ago in Montreal. Marie-Shadia was a social services worker and François-Xavier was working on his masters of philosophy. When school was finished, Marie-Shadia quit her job and together, they took a road trip to Yukon and the Northwest Territories. more “Young couple builds tiny Quebec home from scratch”

Unbelievable! One woman and 5 dogs in a camper battling Canadian winter

Carla has taken tiny to the next level. She lives in 90 square feet with her five pups Kinnea, Natook, Peach, Bella, and Jacks. The little family lives in in southern Ontario in the Lake Erie area.

After ending a bad relationship, Carla needed somewhere to be independent with her dogs. She had always been drawn to tiny living, with vast knowledge dating back to the origins of the movement. She was originally inspired by the Martin House which emerged from the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Later, she followed the original tumbleweed home by Jay Shafer for further inspiration. “The doing without all the trappings of modern life drew me, I love camping and I could camp for the rest of my life quite happily” Carla says. more “Unbelievable! One woman and 5 dogs in a camper battling Canadian winter”

Turtle Island Tiny Homes – affordable living across North America

A husband and wife team, Michael and Kirsten are the creators and builders behind Turtle Island Tiny Homes. Bringing 30 years of house construction to the table, Michael is a very skilled and experienced builder. With the first three homes built in Alberta, Turtle Island Tiny Homes understands Canadian climate. The crew has since moved to Qualicum Bay, BC where they carry out production with one additional part time employee. They call themselves Turtle Island, as it is the name of North America, according to some indigenous groups. more “Turtle Island Tiny Homes – affordable living across North America”

Top 10 ways to find used materials

1. Habitat for humanity, Restore

Restore offers a wide range of materials for building and renovating. Stock is donated from individuals and companies. Proceeds go towards building homes for those in need. Swing by if you need cupboards, a sink, tools, or maybe just a cheap can of “Great Stuff”.

2. The free store

Yes, these do exist. If you are lucky enough to have one in your city, head there right now. Normally you pay a small fee to get rid of your stuff an then it’s free for the taking.

3. Consignment stores

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Avoiding cat “ick” in a small space

Meet Johnny and Battlecat. Sometimes, as cute as they are; they do gross stuff. I’m going to address the nastiness and show you one of our solutions.

Surprisingly, living in a 250 square foot home with our kitties has not been a challenge. They frequent a larger area of the house than they did in our pre-tiny days. Cats tend to enjoy height. In our old home, they spent the majority of their time on the back of the couches. In our new home, they spend a lot of time on the loft, the stairs, or the rafters. We are lucky that they have embraced their new home as one giant cat tree. They even skipped the step where they freak out for 3+ days because they are in a new place.

Thanks kitties. more “Avoiding cat “ick” in a small space”

A brutally honest response to “dear people who live in fancy tiny houses”

I’m sure most tiny home enthusiasts have stumbled across this viral blog post. If not, you can read it here:  “Dear People Who Live in Fancy Tiny Houses”.

Dear Lauren,

I know this article was written in a humorous fashion. I’m not going to attack you or tell you to pull your head out of your ass, like some of the comments. The majority of the questions you bring up jokingly are what many people inquire about on a regular basis. They are worth answering, so I will try my best to do so. more “A brutally honest response to “dear people who live in fancy tiny houses””

Living tiny doesn’t mean sacrificing your creativity (Sheri’s Alberta home)

The headhunt for fellow Canadian’s has been very challenging. Regardless, we persevered and it paid off. We finally tracked down a lovely woman, comfortably tucked away in the cold.

Sheri is a tiny home dweller living in central Alberta, outside of the Red Deer area. A new chapter of her life began after a divorce. She packed up and made the move from Vancouver Island so that she could be closer to her kids. She decided to go tiny in order to cut her living expenses down as much as possible. The build was partially funded with her divorce settlement and has successfully helped her achieve her goal of no payments aside from food and a cellphone bill. more “Living tiny doesn’t mean sacrificing your creativity (Sheri’s Alberta home)”

Reality TV casts a dark shadow on a tiny movement

As a tiny home builder and dweller, I feel anxious about showing off our home. For too long, I’ve held back from posting pictures and updates. I’ve come to realize my resistant inner force is based on a preconceived idea of how our home “should be”. And it’s not just me.
With much searching, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with other Canadian tiny home enthusiasts who don’t put themselves out there. How can we move forward and share information with so many hiding in the shadows? more “Reality TV casts a dark shadow on a tiny movement”