Who designed the house?
I did! I have always been interested in designing and creating spaces.
Who built the house?
My friend Rudy is a skilled carpenter who took on the project and worked with an apprentice Lenny. We also hired an electrician, plumber and roofer.
What is the square footage?
Footprint: 168 sqft, loft: 64sqft
How long did it take to build?
About 6 months, the trailer was purchased in Nov. 2014 and the house and deck was completed in Summer 2015.
How much did it cost?
About $55k, including the covered veranda, labour and probably some coconut water & chocolate. 30K in materials and 25K for labour.
Where did you park the house?
I was lucky enough to have friends on Salt Spring Island, B.C. who own land and like me enough to live on the property with them. I am tucked away in the woods.
How much rent do you pay?
A few hundred a month to cover all expenses which includes: the land, car parking, laundry facilities, water, hydro, wifi, garden space, orchard access, kayak storage and the occasional dinner.
Where do you get your water and electricity from?
From the owner’s main house, a trench was dug for the lines.
What about permits and codes?
What about them?
Where do you go to the bathroom?
I pee outside in the forest and there is a outhouse in the woods for poop!
Is it hard to live in a tiny house?
That is a silly question. It is fabulous and really fun.
How do you get hot water?
Hot water on demand system.
What changes would you have made?
Bigger kitchen window, Square skylight above the bed instead of the standard (2’x4′), not so many lights in kitchen area. That is it for now..
What is your favourite dessert?
Dark Chocolate Coconut Bliss. Oh my god, so good.
What do you do with your grey water?
It goes out into a 5 gal bucket on the back side of the house. In the dry season I take it to water the garden and in the wet season, it runs out to the forest. Yes, I use environmentally friendly and biodegradable products.
How come you don’t have much furniture?
I have a chair and a window seat, I like to sit and roll on the floor.
The house looks big, Is it taller then 13.5′ high?
Sure is! The house was built for the size requirements for BC ferries, not to take on a road without a permit. A permit for an oversized load is easily obtained. The house was designed to stay put for a long period of time.. not to travel around on the highway everyday. Total height is 15 feet.
22′ long, 8.5′ wide, double axle.
Is that covered deck?
Yes, it is and it is wonderful in the pacific northwest climate. It was built in 8’x 8′ pallets so it will be easier to dissemble if the house ever needs to move.
Do you design other houses? Can you help me with my house?
Send me a message and let’s talk. I am open to taking on new projects and also happy to just talk about the process and answer any questions.
Who lives in the house?
I have been living in the house with my partner since fall 2017