How many square feet does it take to be happy?

In late September, Revelstoke Tiny home owners Kaitlan Murphy and Jacoah Sorensen opened their doors on this not so tiny dream. The event was organized by the sustainability living committee of the North Columbia Environmental Society (NCES). Zack Giffin from the TV show Tiny House Nation joined us via Skype to give some advice on Tiny House construction.

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Kaitlan Murphy talks about her tiny home on a recent tour.

Molly Baker from the Outdoor Research Tiny House says 22.5 square feet. This is how much space she personally used while sharing her Tiny House with 4 other ski bum. Compared to the average size of an North American home at around 2600 square feet, these diminutive dwellings typically have only 100 to 400 square feet of living space. So how much space do you really need? That is a question that all true  travellers have asked themselves. The transition usually goes from a back pack combined to a ski bag or surf bag to a Subaru Forester to some kind of modified mini van to a camper…and then what?

We all have the desire to establish roots but it can be quite frightening when you live a bohemian lifestyle in a province where most of the work is seasonal and travelling becomes mandatory… This is where the Tiny House movement comes in and open possibilities!

Last September, Revelstoke Tiny home owners Kaitlan Murphy and Jacoah Sorensen opened their doors on this not so “Tiny” dream. The event was organized by the sustainability living committee of the North Columbia Environmental Society (NCES). Zack Giffin from the TV show Tiny House Nation joined us via Skype to give some advices on Tiny House construction. Local resident Krista Leigh and Adam Barraball were also there to share their tiny house living experience as teachers working on the road.

Possibilities are endless with a mobile building. Kaitlan uses her Tiny home as a pottery study, which allows her to test the demand for pottery in various communities and festivals. Jacoah is still in the building stage at the moment and he is envisonining travelling with his Tiny Home while pursuing studies on Vancouver Island. While Zack and Molly travelled all over the americas to ski and go home to a warm crackling fire after powdery turns for some like Adam and Krista, it is a way to find work in Revelstoke’s surrounding without having to commute.

Here are some photos from the event. If you want to keep the dream alive and get some advices from our big hearted Tiny House residents, contact Agathe Bernard to obtain their contact at agathebernardphoto@gmail.com

Tiny House fact:

-78% of Small House residents own their home. Since about 26% of an average household’s budget is spent on housing this means you’ll either have a lot more money in savings or maybe just enjoy working a little less.

-Buildings contribute to an estimated 1/3 of greenhouse gas emissions, so with a Small House your carbon footprint is drastically reduced.

-The average cost of building your own Small House is $23,000 compared to $272,000 for a conventional home (which most people would have no possibility of building themselves). You can probably imagine saving up $23,000 (even if it is a lot of money). On the other hand, saving nearly $300,000 is completely inconceivable to most people. Thus, big mortgages, mortgage insurance payments, interest payments, endless payments for years and years to come.

-28% of dwellings house only one person. If the average home is 2,600 square feet then that’s a lot of space for one person! Just like all the cars with one person in them that can’t use the carpool lane during rush hour, one person living in a big house all alone just doesn’t make sense – especially when you think of the future of energy use and environmental sustainability.

-Beyond saving money and helping save the planet, there is one more priceless thing you’ll save with a Small House: TIME. Nearly everyone you ask will say they’re too busy and modern life for many seems like it’s constantly accelerating. A Small House means less time spent cleaning, less time on maintenance, and less time having to earn money to pay for the house.

-Wood stove is proven to be the best source of heat

-It is important to untwist a trailer before building. Welding should not be seen as a show stopper, it is easy to build your own trailer and can save you a lot of money.

-Driving a tiny house is expensive and will require a reliable truck to pull the load.

-It is possible to live with a large dog and have an healthy relationship while living in such small space.

-Intimacy is possible but compromised if the Tiny House has more than two residents.

 

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