What's a Tiny Home?
What's the big deal about a Tiny Home? The average person lives in a 2500 square foot house shared with one other person (especially after the kids are grown and have moved on) and spends about 30% of their income on housing, whether renting or owning. In Toronto, this number in 2017 for home ownership was 72%, an outrageously high number. Tiny Homes are loosely defined as anything smaller than 400 square feet. They are sometimes built on wheels or on trailers for easy moving. People put them on either owned or rented land, sometimes totally isolated and off the grid, and sometimes close to neighbours and sharing common areas like full kitchens, living areas, showers, and laundry. So the Tiny Home movement addresses
Linda has joined the Tiny Home social movement because it brings together a lifestyle that she is intrigued by and represents her values well. She and her husband have built a Tiny Home that is 8 feet by 12 feet (total 96 square feet) and is built onto a trailer to be moved around as needed. They used a ZenSheds pre-fab model that cost less that $15,000 to build, and within 2 days it was built and had 2 doors installed. Further finishing is still coming as the weather warms up. They have placed it on a friend's farm for now and use it on weekends only.
They are looking for other like-minded folks interested in putting together a co-living arrangement in the near future based around a cluster of Tiny Homes and some shared space somewhere in Ontario near within a couple of hours of the GTA. If you are interested in joining them or offering a possible site, please let her know.
To understand some of the many decisions one needs to think about in choosing a Tiny Home and the various options that she chose, consider following her Blog.
Tiny Home Gathering
If you're interested in learning more about Tiny Homes and thinking about whether they might be perfect for you, come out and share your questions and learn from others.