'The Waterton' Tiny House is a pilot project for Parks Canada for the summer/fall of 2016 and we are proud to be a part of it! Click for more info and photos!
As a founding owner/builder/designer of Serenity Acres Tiny Homes, to moving to Blackbird Tiny Homes under the same roles, Mark has been featured in publications like the CBC, Crebnow, Swerve Magazine, Airdrie City View and more. His passion for Tiny Homes of all kinds keeps him pushing the bar higher. Photo courtesy of CBC News.
Some interesting facts about Tiny House ownership. Click title for larger image.
Drop the consumer debt cycle. Tiny home owners have financial freedom.
Credit card debt is one of the worst forms of debt due to the high interest rates. Click on title for larger image.
Tiny Houses go back further than you think!
In 1915, Ray Conklin, president of the New York Motorbus Company, designed and built a bus house, complete with a kitchen, beds, cold and hot water and a rooftop garden. The bus traveled all the way from Long Island to the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. In 1924 a Ford Model TT truck chassis was used to create a fancy home-built motorhome. The W. M. O’Donnell family created their “bungalow auto” in 1926. In February of 1930, an article was written about Charles Miller’s “Modern Mechanix”, a complete bungalow on the chassis of a car which even included ‘a nice bit of lawn’. He traveled over 200,000 miles in his tiny mobile home.
Wave Eco Cabin
Launched at Grand Designs Live, London 2015, the WAVE is an elegant, flexible, off-grid, eco cabin. Designed by Echo Living out of Scotland.
A popular video with over 6 million views on Youtube (at time of writing).
Teal from Wishbone Tiny Homes walks you through his display tiny house in Asheville NC.
Tiny House Experience
The freedom that our tiny house brings us compared to the huge mortgage we used to have cannot be expressed in words, only smiles.
- Rob Tipan
It was quite the change having to get rid of 'stuff' in order to live in a tiny house but after the initial shock i've got used to it. I realized that most of the stuff that was clogging up my basement and closets was hardly being used anyway. Glad I made the change.
- Carey Thomas
The small house movement is a description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. In the United States the average size of new single family homes grew from 1,780 square feet (165 m2) in 1978 to 2,479 square feet (230.3 m2) in 2007, and to 2,662 square feet (247.3 m2) in 2013, despite a decrease in the size of the average family. Reasons for this include increased material wealth and prestige.
The small house movement is a return to houses of less than 1,000 square feet (93 m2). Frequently the distinction is made between small (between 400 square feet (37 m2) and 1,000 square feet (93 m2)), and tiny houses (less than 400 square feet (37 m2)), with some as small as 80 square feet (7.4 m2). Sarah Susanka has been credited with starting the recent countermovement toward smaller houses when she published The Not So Big House (1997). Earlier pioneers include Lloyd Kahn, author of Shelter (1973). Henry David Thoreau, and the publication of his book "Walden" is also quoted as early inspiration.
Tiny houses on wheels were popularized by Jay Shafer who designed and lived in a 96 sq ft house and later went on to offer the first plans for tiny houses on wheels, initially founding Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, and then Four Lights Tiny House Company (September 6, 2012).
In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Marianne Cusato developed Katrina Cottages, that start at 308 square feet (28.6 m2) as an alternative to FEMA trailers. Though these were created to provide a pleasant solution to a disaster zone, Cusato received wider interest in her design from developers of resorts, for example.
With the financial crisis of 2007–08, the small house movement attracted more attention as it offers housing that is more affordable and ecologically friendly. Overall, however, it represents a very small part of real estate transactions. Thus only 1% of home buyers acquire houses of 1,000 square feet (93 m2) or less. Small houses are also used as accessory dwelling units (or ADUs), to serve as additional on-property housing for aging relatives or returning children, as a home office, or as a guest house. Typical costs are about $20,000 to $50,000 as of 2012.
In Oakland, California, Gregory Kloehn builds small houses out of found materials, for an estimated cost of $40.
Small and tiny houses have received increasing media coverage including a television show, Tiny House Nation, in 2014 and Tiny House Hunters. The possibility of building one's own home has fueled the movement, particularly for tiny houses on wheels. Tiny houses on wheels are often compared to RVs. However, tiny houses are built to last as long as traditional homes, they use traditional building techniques and materials, and they are aesthetically similar to larger homes.
Some companies have put into motion plans to create tiny home developments.
Source - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_house_movement