Q: What is a Tiny Home? Tiny Homes range from 65 up to 1000 square feet but more often are less than 400 square feet. Many Tiny Homes are built on a trailer flatbed so that they can be moved to a suitable location.
Q: Why would someone want to live in a Tiny House? Who will buy them? Many people want to experience home ownership without taking on a huge debt and all of the other responsibilities that go with owning a large home. Tiny Homes are a viable option for people who want to minimize their footprint and simplify their lives. These homes may be of particular interest to first time home buyers including young people and newcomers, seniors looking to downsize and others who want to simplify their lives.
Q: What are the benefits of living in a Tiny House? People who live in tiny or small houses have said that they experience the following benefits:
Less time cleaning.
Less time maintaining the house.
Less costly household living expenses.
The cozy and easy to manage feeling.
Positive impact on health and the environment.
Q: Why a Tiny House and not an RV? - Tiny Homes traditionally look more similar to a home, just smaller in size - Quality of construction is much higher than with a RV which meets very minimum requirements. - Materials used for construction are of higher quality and have minimal health and environmental impacts. - Being able to live minimally, they rarely travel and are built more for stationary use where someone holds a job, contributes to society and community just lives smaller than current North American standards.
Q: Shouldn’t we be focusing on density in urban settings? Tiny Houses are only one part of a larger housing and environmental strategy. A healthy and vibrant city embraces innovative solutions to its challenges, including the use and design of tiny houses, condominiums, single family homes. Urban infil will contribute to the vibrancy of communities by increasing the density of the built environment, and focusing on the reuse and re-positioning of obsolete or underutilized buildings and sites.
Q: Are all of the Tiny Homes mobile? No, there are a number of ways to incorporate Tiny Homes into existing permanent space such as garden suites, loft spaces in garages, and new development of permanent Tiny Houses in spaces such laneways and parking lots.
Q: Where will these Tiny Houses be put? Currently, there a few places that allow for Tiny Houses. Toronto is not one of them. Even some of the neighbouring municipalities that do allow for them can be very restrictive. The hope is that this construction in the City of Toronto will begin discussions around these types of structures and then it will be moved to a municipality that does allow for them.
Q: What are the barriers? Toronto’s zoning by-law and the Ontario Building Code dictate the minimum size of single detached homes, lot size and the ability to build secondary structures (such as tiny houses) on existing residential lots. For example, a major barrier is the requirement that new build single detached houses be at least 700 square feet. Additional requirements such as 1 parking space for each house limit the flexibility to develop tiny houses in spaces such as garage lofts and laneways.
Q: What is the average price of a Tiny House? It depends on whether you are building it yourself or having someone build it for you. The price ranges from $20-60,000.
Q: Is someone going to live in this house afterwards? Anthony will move his home to its’ permanent location once the building and engagement activities have been completed in October, 2014.
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