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Posted by Kelly Darwin on September 22, 2016
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Despite being a huge and wealthy country - the statistics are in on housing affordability in Canada. As it turns out, people over 40 are (generally) doing fairly well, But for the rest of us there's a lot to worry about. So are young Canadians stuck with being renters for the rest of our lives? What are the issues on a systemic level, and what are the options that we have?
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RV VIN number-- Tiny House buzzwords that you might have heard by now. If you plan on living in a tiny house, having a CSA Z240 RV certified Tiny means that according to the industry, it meets specific standards and is intended for use as a permanent residence. Knowing about CSA certification can make or break your Tiny Home buyers experience!
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Have you ever wondered -- what exactly, is a modular home? How do they differ from mobile homes, or traditional homes? And what is their impact on the environment? Learn more about how a modular home could save you money while helping to save the planet.
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Do you ever wonder what living in a home without toxins would be like? Does living in a house without VOC's, formaldehyde and chemical-laden concrete appeal to you? A young woman in BC decided to find out if it was possible to build her own Toxin-Free Tiny House-- this is the story of her struggles, what she learned about building a healthier home and what she would do differently next time.
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When you're a low-income family with children, struggling to get by, owning your own home can seem like a distant reality with financing being a huge barrier. So can you imagine how excited these 2 families were when their dreams of affordable home ownership were achieved? Learn about this uplifting project between Habitat for Humanity and GreenTerra Homes- some news to make you smile.
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We've all seen the charming Disney movie called "UP"- an elderly man refuses to leave his tiny home while his neighborhood is being torn down for construction. Just as the developers are at his heels, he floats the home away with hundreds of helium balloons. This David Vs Goliath story is based on the true story of 84-year-old Edith Macefield who declined a 1 million dollar offer from her local city developers, who wanted to tear her home down for development.
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Tiny Homes are on the brink of becoming legalised in the US, with only 1 phase left to be passed on November 8th. What does this mean for Canadians and how can we follow suit? How did they do it and how long did it take? Details here.
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The Tiny House movement is pretty new in the grand scheme of things and on top of that; it's also a social movement. History shows that cultural and lifestyle changes inevitably come with pushback and some initial barriers that the people involved might face. In this blog we discuss the top 5 most common barriers to becoming a Tiny House owner; along with the most popular solutions that the worldwide community suggests.
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The Tiny House movement is a wonderful shift towards sustainable living, but one of the burning questions on people's minds is -- are tiny homes in Canada considered a real estate asset? Do they increase in value over time? In an economy that relies heavily on the success of real estate investing, coupled with a housing crisis faced by Generation Squeeze, we wanted to take a closer look at this question. Here is what we found.
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Could this be the home of the future? These solar-powered, expandable eco dwellings take only moments to expand to 3x their size, while supplying solar energy, giving ample sunlight and everything that you need to live off-grid. They are also great for emergency shelters, travelling businesses and even helping refugees and the homeless.
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For many Canadians the thought of owning a home is more of a distant dream than a reality. A recent article from Market Watch discusses this very topic while featuring tiny home owner Ryan Mitchell- his story is a great example of how US grad students are findings ways to purchase tiny homes, a sustainable lifestyle solution for the- "how will I afford it?" question.
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