The Tiny House Movement

Sarah Baeumler April 11, 2017 6 Comments

Those of us that live in the GTA and other locations in Canada know how crazy the real estate market has become. Houses are being sold for $100,000 over asking on regular occasions, and the demand is largely outweighing the supply. This is obviously making it very difficult for millennials and other first-time buyers to get on the property ladder. It’s difficult for young house buyers to see a time in the future when owning their own home will be possible.

This is one of the reasons why tiny homes are becoming an attractive option for those seeking a place of their own. The tiny home revolution has made its way north from the United States, and is becoming more and more popular in the True North.

These tiny homes range in size, from under 100 sq. ft. to 1,000 sq. ft. and the interior layout of these homes push the envelope for creative space planning. Canada has had the luxury of having a lot of space with a relatively low population, and so we have become accustomed to large homes with multiple rooms, ours being a great example. We live in a free country where financial reward comes from working hard, and so I am not claiming that large homes are in any way a negative thing. However, these houses are rising in price very quickly and the space is starting to become more and more limited; our system is unsustainable.


Tiny homes are therefore a possible solution. They come in many forms and there are a handful of leading Canadian manufacturers who are doing some great work. The biggest issue with these homes is how they can cope with the Canadian weather extremities. The tiny home revolution came from the warmer climates, so the need for high quality insulation and heating hasn’t always been necessary. But with many advances in technology, there is no doubt that this will be solved.

The added benefit of choosing a tiny home is the reduced effect on the environment. Reducing square footage and living with less possessions could help to lessen the negative human impact on the planet. The intelligent and innovative use of space in these homes allows for all modern conveniences, even in the tiny space. Tiny homes may not be suitable for everyone, but with the difficulty in purchasing a first home, this may be the future for the real estate market.

 
Comments
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Comment by: Jenn & Alex on 4/17/2017 6:53:39 PM

My boyfriend and I know how crazy the market currently is in the GTA that's why we decided to build our very own tiny house. We are just about done ! It's been a lot of work but it's all worth it. We can't wait to move in ! Check us out on Instagram @ontariotinyhouse


Comment by: Marco Lehmann - Elite Surfacing on 4/11/2017 7:45:54 PM

Great article Sarah. With the rise in real estate prices, I love the tiny home concept. Compared to other countries our day to day homes in Canada are masive. We ourselves have college bound kids and are considering such a home ( for them ) to start them off in their young lives. Also for anyone looking for a great cottage , this is a fantastic concept.


Comment by: Marco Lehmann - Elite Surfacing on 4/11/2017 7:45:49 PM

Great article Sarah. With the rise in real estate prices, I love the tiny home concept. Compared to other countries our day to day homes in Canada are masive. We ourselves have college bound kids and are considering such a home ( for them ) to start them off in their young lives. Also for anyone looking for a great cottage , this is a fantastic concept.


Comment by: Mish Xavier on 4/11/2017 1:21:30 PM

I am a single parent. I am considered to be in the low income housing. My daughter and I dream of having a tiny house one. Seeing with property value in Mississauga I don't think I'll ever be able to afford to buy/own. House in the Gta. Nice read.


Comment by: Marie in Oakville on 4/11/2017 8:58:01 AM

Spot on Sarah! After WWII and into the 1960's, houses were very small, my parents first home in Mississauga was 1,000 sq ft with 4 children and we were very happy! My parents were thrilled to own their first home regardless of the size. Those were the days when kids played outside till the street lights came on. Life was a lot simpler back then.