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.
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.
Final Resting Spot for my
Tiny Home on Wheels
After 4 years of having my Tiny Home on others' farms, I decided to purchase my own cottage and move the Tiny Home there. Our cottage touches Frontenac Provincial Park, north of Kingston, Ontario on the beautiful Canadian shield. Our view is pristine protected park, and we have access to unlimited hiking trails and 4 different lakes for canoeing and kayaking.
The Tiny Home will become our bunkie, and ergo Guest Cabin. Maybe I'll use it to write another book. Down the road, we may decide to rent it out to park guests wanting a comfortable bed while using the park for day access. The Tiny Home is nestled in the woods with tall oaks and white pines, and overlooks Kingsford Lake. After another epic moving trip from Lindsay, the Tiny Home is home.
Interested in purchasing your own Tiny Home? I highly recommend the super insulated Zed Shed made of "SIP's" (structured insulated panels).