Home on Wheels
The Acorn is one of two models offered by Nelson Tiny Houses in Nelson, BC. Like many tiny homes, it’s built on wheels. This strategy may allow designers to avoid minimum building size requirements (since it’s not technically a building). Most owners add skirting to hide the wheels and trailer.
The Micro Cottage by Gnomadik is a carefully crafted space miser, with a footprint of only 10 by 8 feet. Small as it is, it still has creature comforts such as radiant in-floor heating. Goat not included.
Leaf House in Whitehorse designs and builds tiny homes suited to northern cold climates. Good insulation doesn’t mean sacrificing space—the R30 walls are only 2.5" thick and the R68 ceiling is 4" thick.
This Littlefoot Log Cabin is a very portable 100 sq. ft.. It’s designed to be moved in one piece from Stonehouse Woodworks’ yard to the buyer’s building site—instant, tiny cottage!
An early version of the miniHome, designed by intern architect Andy Thomson, being positioned on its site. The 325 sq. ft., off-grid structure features flexible interior spaces and multipurpose furniture (it can sleep five people).
The Nomad Micro Home, designed by Vancouver architect Ian Kent, has a footprint of only 10' by 10' and can be assembled by two people with handyman-level skills. The company does recommend hiring a plumber and electrician to connect services.
Altius RSA’s Solo 40 is a prefab, modular structure designed to be energy efficient in Canadian climates. Expansive windows help it feel spacious and open to the outdoors.
This whimsical cabin near Kootenay Lake, BC, was built with a mix of new and recycled materials, plus plenty of ingenuity. On the interior, the owner used canvas, stapled in place and then painted, to cover the curved ceiling—much easier than trying to drywall or plaster such a complex surface.