your life UpSizeDown
This process is best travelled if you currently own a home and want out of out the rat race. Or if you just want to get more out of life.
Our luxurious tiny homes cost less. So, your mortgage will be less. Owning one of our beautifully appointed, versatile models can lead to greater financial security, an improved lifestyle with affordable luxury.
By downsizing your home and moving into one of our inspiring spaces, you can live more simply. Many of our tiny home owners report benefits in all areas of their life--from their bank account to their relationships.
Downsizing your space doesn't mean sacrificing on luxury, quality, or convenience. Our exceptional designs and our proven processes will help you realize your big dreams for your tiny space.
Recently, opting for a tiny home has become one of the fastest-growing housing trends in North America, New Zealand and Australia. People are turning the idea of happiness and on its head - UpSizeDown in fact.
Downsizing means more than just sorting through your physical things and stripping your possessions back to only what you need. You'll want to alter your whole mindset to help make all your tiny home dreams come true.
We offer a series of workshops that cover everything from finding legal land to figuring out financing options to designing your perfect tiny home. You get the answers to all of these questions.
No element of a tiny house is unimportant or unconsidered. Our team of talented designers will help you go over every detail to make a top-quality, luxury home, filled with the amenities you want, perfectly suited to you.
We've been working in the construction industry for over 20 years and have put together 4 build packages that allow our clients to decide how hands-on they want to be in the construction of their tiny dream home.
We want to encourage people to think differently about living because we believe in a world where everyone has access to affordable housing and a better quality of living. We hope to make a difference, both in the immediate lives of our clients and also in the world as a whole. A tiny home isn't just something you're buying - it's something your doing!
With the pandemic, 50 000 people have left the city and moved to the outlying areas, making housing prices in the entire Golden Horseshoe astronomically high. Our state-of-the-art tiny houses are an affordable, accessible alternative.
For years everyone's believed "the more you have, the happier you'll be." But that's not true, so it's time to change that pattern and live a more fulfilling life. Affordable luxury is yours to enjoy.
If you change the rules of the game you'll be able to live the uncompromising life you want. So go ahead. Live life better!
We're the only home builder in North America that doesn't just build a structure and then send you on your way. We help you every step of the way: from the intricacies of design to quality construction to moving into and living your upscale life in your tiny dream home.
Our workshops are revolutionary because nothing else teaches you how to negotiate the obstacles you might face moving to your own stunning home.
Maybe you have a property lined up to place your tiny home on, or maybe you know which municipality you want to live in. Maybe you've looked at your budget and have decided if you need financing.
If you want to move to your tiny home within the year join our next workshop to learn what you need to do to reach your goal without wasting any time.
We want to use what we're good at to make change where we can. We believe in giving back, especially in this time of global confusion, need and change.
In 2015 the UN developed sustainable development goals, which were adopted by 193 countries. These goals aim at decreasing poverty and disease and drastically reducing climate change by 2030. It's a framework we follow to help make a positive difference in the world.
We're connected with an organization called Creating Roots that aims to bridge the gap between foster care and homelessness. For every home we sell, we donate $250 to Creating Roots. Visit creatingrootscanada.ca for more information.
Dan loves the sea and wants to keep it healthy and clean, so we've partnered with 40oceans and for every home sold, they ensure 12 lbs of plastic waste is removed from the ocean. You can learn more at 4oceans.com
We have a wall-mounted ductless mini-split that does our heating, and our cooling with the help of an air conditioning condenser unit mounted to the front of the home.
The fastest way to cut down on weight is to build out of steel studding instead of wood. However, this vastly limits the structural capabilities, and also conduct cold. There are many other ways to be weight conscious throughout the build. Putting studs on 24” centres to minimize the amount of wood framing is one idea. We had the shiplap for the walls planed down 1/8” thinner, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but saved 700 lbs on the entire weight.
This is about living with what you need, and not with a lot of extra things. We have partners that will help you organize and get rid of the things that you don’t need.
Our model home has solar panels, a bank of batteries, water tanks, and a composting toilet.
Actually, the cost will be very similar. The advantage to a foundation, however, is that you can build it square instead of long and skinny. Of course, the advantage of a trailer is that if you don’t like the neighbours, you can move!
Yes. Anything that you can have in a large home, you can also have in a tiny home. It comes down what you want included.
While we don’t have all glass homes (think of the curtains!), the average width of the windows in our model home is 60”, We have more glass area in our tiny home than most 1960’s bungalows have in a footprint that’s five times the size.
The bathroom can be wherever you want. For a trailer unit, having a bathtub would simply mean the unit would be two feet longer. However, since it takes a lot of water to fill a tub, you would not be able to make this home completely off grid.
We have opted for a galvanized steel roof for The Millenial. Our roof top patio is covered with Duradek. Both surfaces will last 30-50 years. Other than that, maintaining or renovating is very similar to a regular house.
If you are building a permanent tiny home on a foundation, then the options are whatever the main house of the property has, since zoning by-laws will require you to connect to city services through the main house. On a trailer, you can’t hook up to natural gas, but you can convert everything to propane. What isn’t propane, you make electric, which can be run from renewable sources such as wind and solar.
There are different ways to do it. We have opted to have the solar charge the 12V batteries, which then run through a converter to 115V, and can then run everything that you can plug into a regular house outlet.
This will depend on the final weight of your specific trailer, but you can assume you will need at least a 3/4 ton truck. For best performance, we are choosing to pull this one with a one ton dual wheel diesel pickup truck. The extra width on the wheels will give us better stability on the road.
For a typical 24’ long trailered tiny home, you are looking at an average of 12,000 lbs. Again, this depends on many things including overall length, how much tile was used, what other sorts of finishes were used, etc.
It is legal to live in a tiny house year round in many states, BC and Alberta, and even some Atlantic provinces. Currently, it is not legal in Ontario but individual municipalities are stepping up to change their bylaws to allow year-round use.
The city of Hamilton, for example, is investigating changing its legislation to permit trailered tiny homes in sections of the city to ease the city’s shortage of affordable housing.
Municipal governments in places such as Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Stony Plain Alberta , Keewatin, Ontario, Whitehorse, Yukon and Nanaimo, British Columbia have modified their bylaws to allow tiny homes and more communities are coming on line all the time.