Friday’s shout-out goes to Maria Guerrero who recently joined our Advisory Board. As an Architect, her dream is to help the world reach true freedom, peace, and happiness by designing beautiful, magical sacred spaces where people can enjoy the journey of reaching their highest self through a creative lifestyle. I feel that Maria will make a strong addition to the Board as she has works to design our Tiny Town community spaces. Welcome, Maria! You can read more about Maria here: https://tinytownassociation.com/advisory-board.html
A shout-out today to Sheena Jardine-Olade who recently joined our Advisory Board. With a background in urban planning, arts, and culture, environmental management, stakeholder engagement and research, Sheena channels her experience and out-of-the-box thinking into innovative solutions and strategies that generate unique solutions.
I feel that Sheena will make a strong addition to the Board as she has already been actively helping with edits to the website content and grant applications. Her blog, the Tiny Home News will bring tiny home/community-related articles to the Association website. Welcome, Sheena!
Today's Shout-Out goes to Allegion for providing handle sets and locks for our model tiny home. One of the products they carry is the Schlage line, and they have sponsored a complete set of handles and locks for our home, including a Smart lock for the front door. No more keys!
Check out their info here: Allegion
We have been working on updating the Association website with more information on the different ways that we want to enable tiny home living. Working with various cities, we have identified the 4 key areas we see tiny homes fitting in and identified some information on how we see these options working. We have gained some insights from this endeavor, and the Association has become more committed to enabling all types of tiny home living, not just Tiny Towns. You can read about the 4 areas, right from the homepage and the main menu item topic Living.
We are working more closely with a growing number of cities from our original tour destinations. We are building a resource that will provide you with the relevant information on where you can legally live tiny today, as well as tracking and keeping you informed of where and how you can live tiny into the future. We will be launching our city sites in the near future, which we plan to expand to cover every city, town, and municipality across Canada identifying what tiny home living options are available to you.
We have instituted a new General Member fee to join the Association of $25/year. This will help us continue to provide the information we do, as well as continuing to advocate for tiny home living. The annual membership fee will allow members to attend some Tiny Living Festivals at no cost. We are planning 40 Festivals across Ontario in 2019, and the advance tickets cost is $10 General and $20 VIP admission ($15 & $30 at the gate). Members will be able to claim $40/year in any combination of tickets as part of their membership. Each city Festival will be open to the public Wed-Sun. A master schedule will be posted on the Association website, a Facebook event will be created for each Festival and details will be provided on each city website. As a Legacy Member, your membership continues to be Free however, you will not qualify for the Festival tickets bonus. You will need to upgrade to the new General Member plan to take advantage of this bonus.
There are a lot more exciting things in the works, namely information on where you can legally live tiny, city by city coming soon! Watch your email for more updates.
This is why I am so passionate about tiny homes as an affordable housing option and as a means of providing Housing First to the homeless.
Doug at Timbercraft has agreed to allow us to give away the plans for our Logan32 tiny home that they provided. They created the plans based on our home concept and you can view and download them for free!
If you have ever wondered what would be required to frame and build a tiny home, the Logan32 plans include these details. You will still need to talk to an electrician, plumber and gas fitter about running your services in the home, but this can give you an idea of the structure and materials. We have designed the home to group the services together to minimize costs. This house is designed for year-round living and includes a full set of appliances. It is also seniors friendly as the loft is simply for storage, and the bedroom is on the main floor.
The house is 32' long (plus 4' tongue with utility room) x 8.5' wide so it can be pulled on the road without a special permit.Features:Queen sized bedroom (walk around the bed or swap a murphy bed for a larger living room)wardrobeliving roomdining room (seats 4)galley kitchenbathroom with full-sized tub/showerfront & back door plan (or remove the back door and relocate the laundry room there)loft storageutility/storage roomfridge, stove, rangehood, microwave, dishwasher, washer, dryer, double sink, TV, full-sized tub/shower, vanity, toilet
You have to be a member of the Association to download the plans (Association membership is Free) View/download the plans here...
Today's Shout-Out goes to Goodfellow Inc. for wood products.
We needed some quality wood products for the tiny home build and reached out to Goodfellow as we knew they carried the products we needed. Rene passed along our request to the owners and they wanted to contribute to the home build, as well as supporting the donation of the house to charity after the tour. While we had some challenges on our end trying to coordinate picking up the product from their Ottawa location, Rene and Patrick were able to accommodate us and deliver the product to Kingston. Thanks, guys!
Check out their info here ...
Well as things are getting back to normal, we have begun adding the product sponsors to the website once again. We have had a lot of positive support pouring in over the last while, which has renewed our enthusiasm for the Tiny Town Association project.
One of the first companies to become a corporate partner on the Association website was InfraredHeat.ca and we are pleased to be able to thank them for sponsoring an infrared heating panel. This is one of the most environmentally friendly sources of heating available, not to mention attractive.
Check out their heating panel here ...
I am encouraged by the support coming in for the Tiny Town Association and our advocacy tour. People and companies are letting us know they want us to continue our work to address affordable housing and homelessness in Canada with tiny homes. The appreciation for our initiative to promote the tiny home auction for Habitat for Humanity during the tour, and the exposure that it will generate as a fundraiser for them, is fueling our social desire.
I was really touched by the number of PMs from people wishing they could fund the completion of the tiny home themselves, but I wasn’t looking for one person. This is a project that affects us all, so I’m looking for people to come together and support it collectively. If everyone will put $20 towards the tour, together we can make it happen. That is the miracle of crowdfunding. When you give a bit because you believe in a cause and get your friends to do the same, you decide which social initiatives happen with just $20! Even if you don’t have the social influence to get friends to contribute, you are still part of my social network, so please help.
We have never given up on our belief in what we are doing. It has not ended, it is just changing. We have a plan, but it is fluid, not concrete. When something leaves the plan, it creates a hole and often what fills the hole makes the plan stronger. We expect to have some exciting news about the tour next week.
Together we can make tiny homes a legal housing option in Canada. Give a little to our GoFundMe campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/tiny-home-tour-2019
So today I am facing the potential end of the tiny home tour and the Tiny Town Association. The company I have been working with to build the model tiny home has told me they need me to pay for the work they have done beyond what they are able to sponsor for the model home. They have offered to buy me out for the cash I have put in, then finish the home at their cost, and lease it back to me when I am ready to go on the tour. They gave me until 1pm today to decide. The trailer manufacturer (whom didn’t sponsor the trailer) has told me I need to pay the balance of the cost of the trailer as well. I feel no ill-will to either company, as I understand they have bills they need to pay too.
However, I feel that although they say they will lease the house to me for the tour, because they have repeatedly expressed doubt in my ability to make the tour happen, they will complete the house and sell it, offering to build another when I am “ready” to make the tour. The fact that it would then be their house, they can then control if and when that would happen, based on their opinion of my readiness to take their house on tour.
My bills with the builder and the trailer manufacturer are $24,000. If you can support my effort to raise the funds to take over the completion of the tiny home and begin the tour with a GoFundMe pledge, I will see if there is enough support overall to proceed, if not I will fold the GoFundMe campaign returning your donation.
I have only until 1pm to see if there is support for our tiny home initiatives from people willing to put their money in to help.
On my LinkedIn feed I came across a post by THAC about rental issues, so I checked out the article relating to issues in Albert. I followed the data to the source and found some distressing statistics. Rental is a growing issue across Canada.
Here’s the details: http://www.rentalhousingindex.ca/en/#comp_prov
Our ARTO Program is a way of addressing some of issues right now that will improve with time.
I attempted to capture some of my thoughts in starting the Association as well as plans the Association is developing to enable tiny homes to be accepted as legal housing in Canada. This is unscripted and has a lot of "human" moments in it. I rambled on for about an hour, so to make it easier to listen to, I have broken it down into smaller bite-sized pieces. I'll post them over the next few days on our YouTube channel and link them to the Blog.
A shout-out to End of the Roll. They arranged sponsorship of the flooring for the Logan32. A laminate click vinyl flooring that is waterproof! We've chosen to use this flooring throughout the home because it is a smaller space, the continuity should add to the open feel of the home. Can't wait to see it installed!
Check out the flooring here ...
We launched our GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for our Tiny Home Tour 2018. Help us get the Logan32 on the road this year to visit 49-cities across Ontario. This will be a major event to bring tiny homes into the spotlight and present a zoning bylaw framework that cities and municipalities can build on to enable tiny homes. We have some special Rewards that you can claim by joining the Association (free) and by donating to the campaign:
Reward information here ...
Today's shout-out goes to Kingston Lighting for getting Feiss, Kuzco, and Satco together to provide stylish lighting for the Logan32. Lisa worked some magic and got these three manufacturers to provide track lighting, under and over cabinet lighting, ceiling fan lighting, vanity lighting and outside lighting. I can't wait to see it all come together!
Check out our lights here ...
Today's shout-out goes to Dalmen Windows & Doors in Ottawa. Not only did the whole team work together to meet our crazy deadline, but they provided us with some beautiful windows and doors for the Logan32. I was checking out their website, and I am impressed with the technologies they are using in their products. Thanks, Dominic for making this happen. I am really glad I found Dalmen, and they are going to be the first choice for a number of projects.
Today's shout-out goes to the Home Depot. In every renovation or DIY project I have done for myself or others, there are always a host of items that don't make the original parts list, yet are crucial to completing the job. The Home Depot was good enough to provide a Gift Card so that we are able to get anything we need in the store. Thanks for providing exactly what we need.
Today's shout-out goes to 3M. Often the visible design items tend to take center stage because they are the most visible, but what goes into the home build is often more important. The construction materials and products are going to be protecting the home and those living in it far longer than the design elements. With that being said, we are very happy that 3M provided some of their construction products to protect the Loagn32 and its future occupants.
Read about the products we used here...
Today’s shout-out goes to Ikea for sponsoring a NORDEN Gateleg table and the new DELAKTIG loveseat, with options! These two main furniture pieces are a welcome addition to the Logan32. The loveseat sofa includes the optional side table and rear mounted LED lamp to create the perfect space to read a book, watch TV or work on a laptop. It can be configured in several different ways to suit the ultimate Logan32 owner. Functional as well as beautifully designed, they will become the central point in the home, as these two areas of the home will be used the most, on a day to day basis.
Today’s product sponsor shout-out goes to Fabritec with their EUROSTYLE line of kitchen cabinets. They were super accommodating and worked together with the local Home Depot kitchen design staff to get us the product we needed to install a complete Oxford kitchen in the Logan32. I will post a walking tour video after the Logan32 is complete to showcase each sponsors’ products. You will also be able to walk through the Logan32 in any of the cities I visit while on tour, beginning in May (dates to come). This is going to be one nice home that will be donated to Habitat for Humanity and one exciting tour of Ontario.
Fabritec Sponsor details
Today's sponsor shout-out goes to Whirlpool. Whirlpool has sponsored a complete set of appliances for the Logan32, in a smaller format. They also provided a natural gas range and dryer, which is helping us keep the power requirements low. Our Tiny Town design plans to use solar for electricity and waste conversion to produce renewable natural gas (RNG). Thes gas appliances will help lighten the solar load.
Read about Whirlpools appliances in the Logan32 here...
Regrettably, due to a supply-chain issue, our build is running behind. Progress is being made and you can see the underlying construction methods of the KTect SBS SIPs. It's really incredible to think that this tiny house is being designed to withstand Hurricane 4 gusts. In addition, the innovative insulation system should make it meet code in any part of Canada! This will be a house without bounds.
I don't always post news about the latest sponsor as soon as they agree to help, but I'm working to keep up with all the support. The build is picking up the pace as our first event is quickly approaching. We're heading for Perth on April 21st, this Saturday. I'll post new photos of the build tomorrow. Today’s shout-out goes to Plumbing Plus and Riobel who are sponsoring all the faucets for the Logan32 including the kitchen sink faucet, the bathroom vanity faucet, and the shower system. I am really grateful that Riobel provided them and Plumbing Plus asked for us.
Read about Riobel's products here...
Every day we have new sponsors join the Logan32 build. The build continues as the 2018 tour launch rapidly approaches. Check out the latest build photos. Today’s shout-out goes to Longevity Acrylics who is sponsoring the complete shower unit, with built-in seating, grab bars, shelves, doors, and more. This is a great addition to our model tiny home as it is easy to clean, looks great and includes the features that make showering easy for everyone.
Read about their products here...
It is really great to have more sponsors join the Logan32 build. As we are approaching the beginning of the tour for 2018 and the Logan32 build is underway, I will be posting more information on the companies and products going into the build. Today’s shout-out goes to Kingston Windows & Doors who reached out to suppliers and Hometech Window Corporation replied that they would sponsor our windows. This is great because their Energy Star, CSA certified windows will make a great addition to this tiny home. Not only will they help the Logan32 look great on the tour but Habitat for Humanity, who we are donating the home to after the tour, will be the ultimate beneficiary.
Read about their products here...
After Tiffany Pratt joined the project to build the Logan32, she started reaching out to her partners and one of the first companies to respond was Farrow & Ball to provide paint and wallpaper. They are a great company to work with and have a distinctive palette of 132 timeless colours which are renowned for their depth and complexity.
Wallpapers are usually made with ink, but not theirs. They use their own richly pigmented paint and traditional block and trough printing methods to give a uniquely tactile finish, creating a seamless connection between paint and paper.
This is going to be one beautiful tiny home for someone in need through Habitat for Humanity, after the tour. You’ve got to see the paint and paper choices Tiffany has made: Tiffany's Paint & Paper choices!
Back in February, I began looking for a designer that I could interest in working with me to create a unique "tiny show-home", the Logan32. I planned to take it across Ontario to promote tiny home living as an affordable solution in today's economy. I reached out to Tiffany Pratt, as I had seen her on HGTV's Home to Win for 2 seasons and was drawn to her personality and design style. Tiffany responded and after we chatted on the phone, we found we had more in common with the interest in affordable housing than I knew.
Tiffany was enthusiastic about the project from the start and agreed to work with me to help make Logan32 a reality. She has brought some of her corporate sponsors to support the build, and I am really excited that we are going to have a great looking model home for the tour and then to donate to Habitat for Humanity. With a 49-city tour of Ontario planned to begin this spring, the Logan32 will be the first tiny home to be seen everywhere.
Coming from a for-profit business background, into starting a not-for-profit association, I have come to realize how special the relationships you develop through the things you do are. Not just for the success of the project, but for the genuine interest that people take, and the effort they put into it. Thanks, Tiffany this would not be happening without you. I can't wait to see what you create!
The Logan32 build is underway! While we have secured some sponsors for our upcoming 49-city tour across Ontario, we are still looking for more. We wanted to explain to businesses the opportunities that exist by sponsoring the tour:Tour FactsThe tour will visit every city in Ontario with a population of 40,000+ residentsThe tour will travel to cities with a combined population of over 11M peopleThe tour will provide a 1-day open house for the local municipal governmentThe tour will provide a 1-day open house for the local mediaThe tour will provide 3-days open house for the publicThe tour will keep the regional and national media updated on our progressThe tour will keep all social channels updated on the tour activitiesThe tour will place the Logan32 in a prominent location in each city, where all open houses will be heldThe tour will collect and provide some data throughout the tour for the title and transportation sponsorsWe will place acknowledgments on the Association website to all sponsors2018 is the launch of our tour plans, and based on the response, will be the prelude to either a Canadian East, West or both tour next yearWe are getting more interest in our programs from places in the US and may look to tour or coordinate tours there next2018 tour sponsors will have the first choice on all future tour sponsorshipsTour Benefits
The following additional benefits will be enjoyed by sponsors of specific items/services:Selected tiny home construction materials, appliances, and housewares sponsors will become the preferred suppliers for our tiny home builds. Each Tiny Town will require an initial order of 54 - Logan32 tiny homes. A key focus of the tour is to find the city/municipality that understands the unique distinction of being the home of the FirstTinyTown, as there can be only one that will be recognized as where the movement started throughout history.Transportation sponsors will have the distinct benefit of being associated with the birth of the tiny home movement. Your truck will become the first truck to be associated with moving a tiny home. From our ongoing feeds to local, regional and national media, your truck will be seen everywhere, moving out tiny home. We plan to video and drone record the transporting of the Logan32 on the road across Ontario, as we enter/leave each city on the tour and as we pass through many smaller towns. This is a one-time opportunity to supply the vehicles that will be associated with our tour, and the future of tiny home moving. The visual to keep in mind is your labeled truck moving our Logan32 from city to city across Ontario. This is a 50' unique moving billboard that is sure to make a lasting impression. While we are stopped in each city, we can either leave the truck attached to the Logan32 or we can park it at a local Dealership, providing a media opportunity for them.Service and other sponsor providers will benefit from ongoing reference during the tour to the services they have provided, as well as photo opportunities at office locations in city destinations when possible. We will endeavor to include at least 1 photo opportunity with the Logan32 at a location during the tour.The title sponsor will benefit from our ongoing references throughout the tour. The tour name will include the sponsor company’s name. The company will be granted special access to the Logan32 throughout the tour. Location, website, and questionnaire signage will acknowledge their participation as the key supporter making the whole tour possible. We can include Logan32 rooftop signage to ensure that the title sponsor’s name and logo are prominent in all media exposure.
In preparation for our upcoming Tiny Tour 2018 and our initiative to inform the public, media and municipal governments of our Tiny Town project, we have updated the website to focus our content. We would appreciate your suggestions and ideas to help us prepare for this undertaking. This is a big project as we plan to visit 49 cities to find the one that will become our First Tiny Town.
We have begun securing sponsorship for the tour, so I'll post notices about our sponsors here. Be sure to read about what they are doing to support the tour, the tiny home we're building and donating to Habitat for Humanity.
It's great to see Tiny Homes on the cover of the March/April issue of The Costco Connection. This reinforces the belief that tiny homes are not just a fad, but a unique, new form of housing. The article focuses on Costco Members and Their Unique Dwellings, but tiny homes are the only ones that can easily be replicated by others.
Affordability is a key feature of tiny homes and this is one of the main reasons that the Tiny Town Association decided to focus on creating places for tiny homeowners to park. They are affordable and they can fit the lifestyle (and budget) of singles, couples, and retirees while maintaining one's independence.
Read this issue online here ...
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A network of Tiny Towns located within commuting distance of every major city in Canada means you can move within the network and live by the city of your choice. Our network will make tiny homes a real housing option, just like apartments, condos, semi and detached housing.
Today, if you rent an apartment or own a home, you can easily move from city to city to meet your needs. Once the Tiny Town network is established, you will have the same freedom to relocate, but the process will be easier because you won’t need to deal with leaving your current home.
Using the online booking portal, you simply locate a new site in the town nearest the host city you want to relocate to, book your spot for when you want to arrive and not renew the site that you are leaving. Then it’s just a matter of packing the things in your tiny home that could get damaged when you move, disconnect your home on moving day and then drive it to the site in your new town. Connect and you're done.
We are working to set up a national tiny house moving service as well, so if you don’t feel comfortable moving your own house, or you don’t want to keep a pickup truck, just for the occasional move, you can book the service online. They’ll arrive on the appointed day, hookup your tiny home, move to your new Tiny Town and park you in your site. Just connect and you’re home! Best of all you will know the cost of your move, once you've selected your next Tiny Town before you book it!
Our network is the key to making tiny homes a viable housing option by providing legal places to live and facilitating the ability to move from city to city, just as you can in traditional housing.
A tiny home is the least expensive home you can own. When you look at every other type of housing and consider what you need to live, nothing can compare to a tiny home. While you can look at everything you don’t have in a tiny home (more air and more storage space) and feel that things are missing, you can also look at everything you do have.
You have a place to sleep, storage, a kitchen, washroom facilities, laundry facilities, office/living room. Your monthly expenses are low, your maintenance is low, the time it takes to clean your entire home is small. Your enjoyment level can be a lot higher because: you don’t need to work as long or hard to cover your living expenses, you can relocate easily to a new city/town, you can have more leisure/sports/me-time because of all the above.
Why own the land you park your tiny home on?
It’s an asset that ties you down, limits when and where you can go, plus it’s a huge expense. In addition to purchasing the land, you will also need electricity, water, sewer, internet, and gas. These utilities require a further investment, they will need to be maintained and they add to the things that tie you to your land. At some time in the future, you may want to move. What then? Do you sell your tiny home with the land the way traditional homes are sold or do you try and sell the land alone? Either way, moving has now become a chore.
Tiny Towns will be owned by the not-for-profit Association so that revenues can be re-invested in the development and maintenance of the towns. Rents are planned to be kept low by using renewable resources to provide the utilities for its citizens. Citizens are free to move within the town and between towns by simply booking their new location online. All sites will provide complete hookups (included in the monthly rent) so it’s just plug-n-go to connect to your site. Services provided will include water, sewer, electricity, gas, TV, internet (fiber optic connection to each tiny home). We have designed our towns with 12 tiny homes to the acre, which we call a Pod (like a mini-neighborhood). Each site has a concrete pad with tie-downs to park on, lots of green space, a central common area and gardens for the residents of each Pod. Common areas are community maintained and socializing will be available for those that want to participate.
Tiny Towns complete the concept of tiny homes as an affordable housing option by removing the biggest upfront costs, the land purchase and utility installation. Looking forward, they will enable a tiny home’s mobility through plug-n-go and provide a network with access to all major cities. We believe that while tiny homes will expand our housing options, they also have the potential to expand other areas of our lives.
We’re building the Logan32, a tiny home designed for Tiny Town living and taking it on a 49-city tour across Ontario this year to give people a sense of the tiny lifestyle. We’re starting the tour at Perth’s Tiny House & Green Home Festival on April 21st.
We are also presenting a talk at the show about Tiny Towns, so if you are in the area, drop by the festival, walk through the Logan32 and other tiny homes, and ask questions about Tiny Towns in person:
We are thrilled that Timbercraft Tiny Homes is creating custom plans for our Logan32 tiny home which will be touring 49-cities across Ontario this year before being donated to Habitat for Humanity, Canada. They are donating the plans to us, so if you are looking for a company to build you a tiny home, check out their website. Great people building amazing tiny homes http://timbercrafttinyhomes.com
There are 133 cities where we would like to build Tiny Towns so thatHow eager a city and municipality are to hosting a Tiny Town that we build is the first factor. We have come to realize, especially for our earlyTiny Towns, that we need to work with cities that are forward thinking and can appreciate the benefits of a Tiny Town, without being able to see one complete. Being the #FirstTinyTown is a distinction that they will forever be able to claim with pride (everywhere around the world), but this alone is not necessarily enough to motivate them. They need to be able to understand the benefits that a Tiny Town will provide by expanding the affordable housing options, as well as adding an affordable solution to homelessness in their city. We are looking for cities that are eager to discuss our plans with them.The support we have from the public for a Tiny Town will be the second factor determining the order that we come to a city. We need to know that there are people that want to live in that Tiny Town. We will need residents that will move into a Tiny Town as well as people that support the idea of tiny homes as an affordable housing option, even if they never plan to live in one. When we talk to a city, we need to be able to say we have the support of over 1,000 people that have chosen this city as their Tiny Town choice. It may sound like an impossible number, but each city selected has a population of 40,000 plus people. owners can legally live close to their chosen host city. Our long-term plan is to build all 133 Tiny Towns across the nation, and as people are able to visit an operational town, we expect we will be able to get approvals and build faster. How do we decide the order that we build? There are 2 key factors that determine where we invest our resources first:
So how can you help? You can become an Ambassador for a Tiny Town in your city. It doesn't cost anything, there's no schooling or courses, and you can help out a little here and there when time permits.
We have added a section to the website about being an Ambassador here ...
This is a question I am getting asked more and more often from people across Canada: "I want to move into a Tiny Town in my city, when can I?" I would love to be able to say we're coming your way this year, but realistically, that's not likely.
For us to build a Tiny Town in a new city, a number of things need to happen. First, we need support and interest from a number of people that want to own a tiny home and park it in a Tiny Town. It's a large expense to build a Tiny Town and we need people that will move into it to support it, once it's built. More importantly, we need each city that hosts a Tiny Town to want to work with us, along with the municipality where the Tiny Town will be. They are the ones that ultimately determine if we get the zoning and building permissions to construct and operate the Tiny Town.
You can speed up the process and get us there faster! You can become a Tiny Town Ambassador. An Ambassador is a local champion for getting a Tiny Town to their city and they are willing to invest some time and effort to make it happen. To begin, join the Association (it doesn't cost anything). When you register, indicate that you want to be an Ambassador. After you register, log into your account and complete your profile, most importantly indicate the city you want to be the Ambassador of.
Next start to work on getting support. This is your biggest job as an Ambassador, to build up interest and support for getting a Tiny Town to your city. Start talking about Tiny Towns with your friends and social contacts. Get them to join the Association and get them to get their friends to join the Association too. It doesn't take long through friends, of friends, of friends, to build enough support that we can bring our proposal to the city council and the municipality. If we present our proposal to the city/municipality and say we have someone that wants a Tiny Town to be built here, no one takes us seriously. But if we say we have thousands of local supporters, real people that want a Tiny Town built in their city, the council can see that that there is a good reason to move forward, allowing us to built.
We are working to build support for Tiny Towns in various cities and as an Ambassador, you can speed the process of getting us to your city, simply by building support. We'll set up a new area of the website that will talk more about being a Tiny Town Ambassador and ways that you can help the movement become a reality all of the 120 cities across Canada where we want to build a Tiny Town. (While our plan is to build 133 cities in Canada, we are targeting just 120 cities to start.)
We believe that mobility is a key feature of a tiny home. The fact that you pack-up and move your entire house, rather than the contents of your home makes so much sense to us (we all dislike the moving experience).
Many second-hand tiny homes on the market today, are located on a piece of property. A lot of effort goes into finding a property and setting up the services for a tiny home. Unless the property is sold to another tiny homeowner, this is a significant expense that would not be recovered. The easiest way to recover the expense is to sell the tiny home with the lot. Sort of like you would do with a traditional home.
Buyer beware! Often the tiny home is legally parked on a lot because the homeowner has applied for a building permit for a traditional home. This allows them to reside in the tiny home for 2 +/- years while they are “building” their traditional home. This is a somewhat short-sighted approach as, during the permit period, the municipality that issued the permit expects that a conforming home will be built. They may extend the building timeframe for an additional year, but in most cases that is all.
Our Tiny Town plan is to locate our towns within commuting distance (15 minutes) of large cities. We refer to them as “Host” cities. These cities can provide jobs, markets for products and services, shopping and entertainment. Our Tiny Town will have services to each tiny home lot and plenty of common area around them. Tiny homeowners will be able to pull in, connect to the services and be set up in the new town in little time. Because they do not own the site, they are free to move to another site or town whenever they want. Moving is as simple as booking the new site online, then moving on the schedule they select. Rents (including all utilities) are planned to be modest, as we are designing the town services using renewable resources.
Many tiny home enthusiasts seem to be drawn to the country. Is it because they crave isolation or is it simply because they cannot find a welcoming, legal place to park close to the city. Unless you know a rural property owner that will allow you to park on their land, your only option is to buy land of your own. Once you own the land, you’ve lost your freedom. Moving your tiny home to another town for work or family becomes a chore and setting up in a new location, more work again.
Our Tiny Town model places each town within an easy commute of the host city (ideally 15 minutes max.) This puts you in the country enough that you can escape the rush, but keeps you close enough that you can benefit from everything the city has to offer. Moving within the network is as simple as booking the next town where you want to live, moving your house there and plugging in. It has taken cities a long time to get to the point where they can offer the amenities they do. Why not enjoy that?
Many tiny enthusiasts seem to be drawn to escaping everything, heading off into the wild, living totally off-grid, really getting back to nature. This is a lot of work, and if you are trading the hustle of city life for the peace of solitude, you're not going to find it in a tiny in the boonies. It’s a lot of work to live this way and you will find you are trading one type of servitude for another.
Our Tiny Town model offers shared utilities and services. Rather than running your own solar system, composting toilet or septic system, well and water system plan to plug into the town. We’re designing the towns with a central solar collection storage system. We’re planning an anaerobic town-wide sewage system to convert sewage into natural gas to run heater and stoves. We’ll have our own water storage and processing, as well as a central garbage collection, recycling program, roads maintenance and mail services, plus lots more planned. So, don’t think off-grid tiny home, think off-grid Tiny Town.
Definition:- refers to a Tiny House on Wheels
To us, this is one of the key features of going tiny. The fact that you are no longer tied to one piece of ground. Your house is your home and your home is wherever you are. While tiny homes aren't built to travel all the time #vanlife they are designed to go with you when you move. So pack up your house, not your stuff and take it with you when you move. #nomovingboxes
I have started a New Discussion about building non-toxic Tiny Homes for people with chemical sensitivities. You can follow the discussion here:
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Here are the 49 Ontario cities we are planning to visit on our #TinyHomeTour2018. Which one will have the unique distinction of hosting the #FirstTinyTown
Ajax, Aurora, Barrie, Belleville, Brampton, Brantford, Burlington, Caledon (Bolton), Cambridge, Chatham - Kent, Clarington (Bowmanville - Newcastle), Cornwall, Georgina (Keswick), Greater Sudbury (Grand Sudbury), Guelph, Haldimand (Cayuga - Caledonia - Hagersville), Halton Hills (Georgetown), Hamilton, Kawartha Lakes (Lindsay), Kingston, Kitchener, London, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, Norfolk (Simcoe), North Bay, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peterborough, Pickering, Quinte West (Trenton), Richmond Hill, Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Catharines, Thunder Bay, Timmins, Toronto, Vaughan, Waterloo, Welland, Whitby, Whitchurch - Stouffville, Windsor, Woodstock
We plan to be in each city for 1 week and will hold open houses for the public, media, and local government. Stay tuned for dates and times. #affordablehousing #homelessness
I was asked in a Facebook group the other day if only the Association would own all Tiny Towns across Canada. This was a perspective I had not considered up to that point. After a bit of thought, here was my reply:
"No, anyone can buy land, build, own and operate a Town and we will even share our designs and information, plus we will also allow them to link into our booking system if they want. Our interest is in developing the network so that tiny homes can be a housing option. We are also open to joint ventures."
The Association is not about accumulating land, building towns or operating them. The Association is about helping tiny homes become a housing option by facilitating legal places for them to park. Regardless of whether we build them or others do, what is important is that they get built so that tiny homeowners have places to live.
We are developing a set of standards that we will provide anyone wishing to build a town that is affiliated with the Association so that homeowners will know that moving to an affiliate town will provide a similar living experience.
We are working to build #AccessibleTinyHomes #HealthyTinyHomes so that they can be used and enjoyed by everyone. With this new housing option comes the possibility of designing and building them so that they are healthy and safe. Join the discussion at https://www.tinytownassociation.com/board-discussions/categories/healthy-tiny-home.html and help us get it right. We want our model tiny home that we will be touring with this year to include all we can to be healthy, safe and accessible.
Today we launched a Twitter campaign to reach out to the 49 cities across Ontario that we have identified (based on population) as prospective first Tiny Town host cities. The Tweet simply asked whether the city would be Canada’s most progressive city dealing with #affordablehousing and #homelessness? While we expect with time all the cities we have identified will host a Tiny Town, we are in search of the monumental distinction of Canada's #FirstTinyTown tinytownassociation.com/ARTOprogram. Rather than trying to convince a city to host the first Tiny Town, we are seeking the city that realizes this one-time opportunity and wants to work with us to make it happen. We Tweeted to the city, mayor and local newspaper where available. We also included:the Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne @Kathleen_Wynnethe Ontario Ministry of Housing @housingONthe Ontario Government @ONgovthe Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos @jyduclosthe Minister issued the National Housing Strategy #nhsthe Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau @JustinTrudeau
Working through the rest of our 133 host city list, we will continue to Twitter campaign, province by province until we find Canada's #FirstTinyTown location.
Let’s make Ontario Canada’s most progressive province dealing with #affordablehousing #homelessness https://www.tinytownassociation.com/ARTOprogram @Kathleen_Wynne @housingON @ONgov @jyduclos #nhs @JustinTrudeau .
In the wake of the release of the National Housing Strategy and Premier Wynne's town hall meeting across the province to get feedback from the public, we have Tweeted this to build interest in our proposal under the ARTO program.
It is my great honour and pleasure to present Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy (NHS), an ambitious $40-billion plan to help ensure that Canadians have access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford.
Bringing this Strategy to life has been a priority for the Government of Canada for the past 18 months. We are making historic investments in housing – and planning for transformational change – because we understand the value of home. Safe, affordable housing is a launch-pad for better socio-economic outcomes for our citizens, a more inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to be well and to succeed, a stronger economy and a cleaner environment.
But for too many Canadian families, a decent home is simply not affordable. Across Canada, 1.7 million people are in housing need, living in homes that are inadequate or unaffordable. Another 25,000 Canadians are chronically homeless. This needs to change.
Building on investments announced in Budgets 2016 and 2017, the NHS signals a meaningful re-engagement by the federal government in housing. It is a key element of our Government’s plan to help strengthen the middle class, promote growth for everyone, and lift more Canadians out of poverty.
Important learnings emerged from last year’s Let’s Talk Housing consultations, and our Strategy is stronger for it. Now the work of implementing these ideas begins.
The question is not really if you or I want to live in a tiny home, but rather should tiny homes be a housing option available to anyone that wants to live in them? #affordablehousing
We're now feeding #Twitter and #Facebook directly from our website Blog and have included Twitter and Facebook to simplify the login process on the association website https://www.tinytownassociation.com
Let’s set some definitions for #tinyhomes specifically for Tiny Homes on Wheels.
Maximum exterior dimensions (including tongue):41ft x 8.5ft so max floor plan is 300sq ft or 12.5m x 2.59m so max floor plan is 27.87sq m
This does not include any loft area as presently lofts cannot be counted as living space (something that needs to be adjusted in the building code).
This I propose is the maximum square footage of a Tiny Home on Wheels. Anything bigger would be a Small Home. Note: I consider Homes and Houses to be synonymous in this regard.
I have been talking with Habitat for Humanity Canada about a donation of a tiny home, and I was struck by a comment made by one of their Directors. He said, "I had a great discussion with our CEO and he was supportive of focusing on what we at Habitat can learn from the Tiny Town concept and movement."
I had not thought of the Tiny Town concept as a movement before this, but when I thought about it, I realized that this is exactly what it is. The online dictionary defines a Movement in this way "a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic ideas".
This is our shared idea: to make a network of Tiny Towns that will allow homeowners to legally live in their tiny homes, in the location of their choice, just as they can in any other type of housing. These Tiny Towns will use the latest innovations so that they will be as environmentally friendly as possible and will result in a truly affordable housing option for singles, couples and young families.
So join the movement by joining the association, signing our petition and sharing our website. Like us and follow us on your social platforms. Tell people that you know that are interested in tiny homes to do the same. For tiny homes to become more than just a passing fad, they will need a place to exist. With your support, the Tiny Town Association can make that happen.
Oddly enough, sometimes posting what is happening is the most difficult to do, simply because so much is happening. I always chuckle to myself when someone asks me what is new, I think you really don't what to know because it could take hours to bring you up to speed. Anyway, here goes:I have been working on numbers to determine the size of a bio-digestor to process waste in a Tiny Town. Using data from toilet manufacturers, I have calculated that a town at startup would produce on average 15 cubic metres of waste per day and a town at capacity around 1,250. As much of this is water, further investigation is required to determine if this needs to be separated before processing. I still would like to try and determine what quantity of NG that may be produced based on these numbers.I participated in the Ontario BudgetTalks in Ottawa on Tuesday. Although my proposal did not make it into the shortlist for this year, I feel that participating in the talks helped me gain a better understanding of the process and will allow me to create better proposals moving forward.I am working on a Canada-wide survey to collect data on Canadians' perspective on Tiny Homes. The intent is to gain an understanding of Canadians feelings about tiny as a housing option and to expand awareness of our association's purpose. Here are some of the questions we have come up with so far:Do you know what a Tiny House is? Yes | NoIf Yes: Have you considered living in a Tiny House? Yes | NoIf Yes: If a town was created for Tiny Homes within commuting distance of where you live now, would you consider moving to a Tiny House in a Tiny Town? Yes | NoIf Yes: What do you think would be a reasonable monthly rent for a site in a Tiny Town that included: utilities, TV, internet, etc? $600 | $500 | $400 | $300 | $200 per monthIf Yes: Would you buy or build a tiny home? Buy | BuildIf Buy: What would you expect to pay for a Tiny Home?less than $60,000 | around $60,000 | more than $60,000If Build: What do you expect it would cost to build a Tiny Home?less than $40,000 | around $40,000 | more than $40,000Would you need to finance a Tiny Home? Yes | NoDo you think there should be government standards that certify the liveability and safety for Tiny Homes? Yes | NoIf Yes: Would you buy and live in a Tiny Home that was not certified if it was built by:A company: Yes | NoAn individual: Yes | NoWould you hesitate to buy a Tiny Home that was CSA certified? Yes | NoI spoke with CSA the other week to determine the process to develop a Tiny Home Standard. They are speaking with the government to see if there is another initiative planned to address tiny homes or whether developing a set of CSA standards would be preferable. I hopefully will get some feedback on this next week.We have been working with #GreenTerraHomes to design our model home for our ARTO program, the Logan32 (named after the largest mountain in Canada). We have a basic design and are looking forward to ordering one for our 2018 tour.We are in the process of revamping the Transitional Housing Program into the ARTO Program. We are working on repackaging the program to more closely fit with existing government affordable housing programs. The ARTO Program will allow program participants to own their own Tiny Home after providing community service house in Tiny Towns over a 10 year period. Plan > Program > BackgroundWe have opened the Advisory Board Discussion forum to encourage more discussions from all members on the topics posted and to allow all association members to post topics. Please participate in topics of interest.We are looking at redesigning the Association website's homepage to provide easier access to areas of interest and making links to more frequently updated information more accessible. Stay tuned.We have been working on drafting a request for corporate sponsors to support the 2018 tour. More details to follow.We have been working on the 2018 Tiny Home Town tour. This tour is planned to take a Logan32 on the road to various events and cities across Canada to raise awareness of tiny home living and our Tiny Town initiatives. More details to follow.
I modified the stats on the Association website today to reflect a modified long-term plan for the towns. While the initial number of sites per town will only be 10% (108) of a town's capacity, the new stats reflect a town's population at maximum density. The numbers are based on the new site POD plans posted earlier in the Advisor Discussion forum and include 10% for greenspace and town administration areas. The stats also reflect a larger town staff to resident ratio of 1 to 75. With the proposed 10 hrs per month of volunteer time by residents and 32 hrs per month for ARTO Program participants, this is expected to cover the anticipated town needs at this point.
The greenspace allowance is planned to include some centralized administration space which will include the BioGas processing plant. I am attending a seminar and tour with Mike Janiec which is being hosted by CCIBioEnergy. We are talking with them about providing waste/compost processing solutions town-wide, to produce our own renewable natural gas (RNG). At this point, the plan is to use RNG to supply the town's tiny homes NG needs and to act as back electricity production to supplement solar production. Each POD will have its own solar energy production and storage facility (see the POD designs) and the RNG will supplement this if the solar storage is depleted. Presently we have planned 8 solar panels per tiny home and are expecting that will allow us to store enough power to get us through dark times.
I have also been discussing the solar panel design with Mike to maximize solar collection and storage for the Canadian locations and will post more news as talks progress. Look for more details coming in the forum.
I reached out to the board of the Canadian BioGas Association yesterday requesting that they direct me to any members that could assist in the development of a biogas processing/waste management plan for our Tiny Towns.
The current trend in tiny home designs supports independence through off-grid living. This home model has a higher initial acquisition cost and requires specialized knowledge to operate and maintain. This makes an off-grid home less than an ideal design to fit our housing model, one that is more affordable and where anyone can live in. We instead are developing the concept of off-grid towns. The idea is that the town itself will be self-sufficient, generating its own hydro, natural gas, processing its own waste, producing some of its own food. We are working to design a town plan which will be as green as possible, so we are following all leads and ideas to determine which are best suited to incorporate into each town.
The BioGas initiative is to convert human waste and organics generated by the town into Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) that can then be used to operate natural gas appliances and generate power for the town to supplement the solar program.
Here is the request that was sent to their board:
The Research Study Project that was circulated amongst the Advisory Board back in September, after including the recommendations of the Board, was forwarded to 140 faculty, staff and administrators of MBA and Undergraduate programs at Universities across Canada last week. We have received early interest from a number of schools and the project is being presented to students now and will be in January, then again in September. We are hopeful that additional schools will choose to support the study over the course of the submission period. Once we have confirmation of which schools will be participating, I will post a listing of the schools.
A deadline for submissions has been set for November 2018 and we will publish results publically in December 2018.
I am encouraged by the early interest in the project, the details of which may be reviewed here...
Part of themandate is to design, build and manage affordable tiny houses for vulnerable people transitioning from social assistance housing. The program is designed to allow selected participants to own their own tiny home after a set rental period during which they will be required to perform volunteer hours within the town. You can read about the whole program here...
We have been working on designing a floorplan for these tiny homes and the latest version has been posted to our Board Discussion forum here...
Just a quick note to keep everyone in the loop. On October 2nd, we received our official certification from Corporations Canada that as of September 29, 2017 we are a Federally incorporated Canadian Not-For-Profit. This certification will allow us to move forward on many of the projects we have on the go, as well as many new projects that are in the planning stages.
As always, if you are available to help out further, please send me a PM. If you know anyone that is interested in making Tiny Homes a viable housing option, introduce them to the website, encourage them to sign the petition and join the association.
Thanks to all.
The direction of the Tiny Town Association has been refined and the information on the website has been updated to reflect this clarified purpose. We have begun working with a few municipalities to develop Tiny Towns to provide affordable housing in the form of tiny homes. We are also exploring the possibility of producing a base tiny house on wheels for the program. Together this will allow us to begin construction of the first Tiny Town with some affordable tiny homes with occupants in them. Additional spaces will be made available for tiny homeowners that want to book into the vacant sites.
This business model of combining affordable housing and transitional housing, while originally a concept is connecting with existing provincial programs to accelerate the development of the towns. As more towns are added from our target list of host cities, tiny homeowners will have more choices of cites to live "tiny" close to. Stay tuned for announcements of each tiny townsite as they are confirmed.
Most of the menu items have been changed on the site as well as many new items have been added. These include some YouTube items where we are beginning to post videos about tiny home design in addition to community videos.
The association is working together with some manufacturers to mass produce our custom affordable tiny homes. Stay tuned for more details.
I just wanted to update everyone on some new website news.The website is now secured and you will notice the Secure | https://www.tinytownassociation.com. This ensures that you will not get any notices about unsecured web site logins.The Tiny Home Directory is beginning to grow, thanks and keep recommending those websites that you find to be of interest.I have secured a really impressive prize to the member that has the most successful invites by the end of 2017! If you own, or plan/hope to own a Tiny Home and you are hoping to stay in a Tiny Town, the grand prize will be something that you will value a lot. More details to come, so keep inviting!Disqus commenting is being added throughout the site, so look for your opportunity to share your thoughts.If you have a question about the Tiny Town Association or something related to the website, post your question in the FAQ section. FAQs will help us grow a repository of answers that may help others with similar questions.
If you have some time that you can volunteer to help us with some of the admin/website/association promotions, update your member profile and let us know. If you aren't a member, Join and indicate you would like to Volunteer.
We have launched our new Tiny Home Directory which we have dubbed "Our world of Tiny Homes". We want to build a resource for owners and wannabes to help us navigate the growing Tiny Home industry. If you have a tiny home related website or offer products and services for tiny homes, or you find a really great website, YouTube channel, etc. that you want to share with the community, we encourage you to submit it under Recommend a website.
Being listed in the directory is free, as we want to build the most comprehensive directory possible. All we ask is a link reference to the association website on your site so that we can spread the word about our Tiny Town mission. As the industry comes together, we can make Tiny Homes a viable housing option, now and for the future.
I have now begun posting to the Advisory Board Discussions. This is where all plans and discussions about the direction of the Tiny Town Association will develop. All members of the Advisory Board are encouraged to follow and comment in any discussion that interests you, as this will form the basis for the Associations actions.
The first discussion started is regarding designing the model for Tiny Towns. I believe that building with a plan will create a better town, so I have posted my initial thoughts (well thoughts that have developed over the last year or so) and I look forward to the board's comments. I have started with the town design as a discussion as I am beginning discussions with suppliers about town services.
Currently the Advisory Board is open to new members, so if you think you can contribute to the association's plans, I encourage you to become a member of the board. Simply log into the site and update your profile to indicate you want to join the board or register and select Advisory Board member as a way you would like to Participate.
Our goal is to get 100,000 people to sign our petition to prove to the municipal, provincial, territorial and federal governments that Tiny Homes, and our Tiny Town initiative is something to be taken seriously. Once we have reached our target, we will present our Petition, along with our plan to make Tiny Towns a reality to all levels of government.
We are not looking to just advocate our plan, we want to enact our plan by acquiring the land, getting the correct Tiny Town zoning applied, developing the land based on the town model we are designing, then make the sites available to tiny homeowners. We are beginning discussions with some tiny home builders about construction of our social program homes, and plan to have some available in each Tiny Town when they open.
So help us get to 100,000 signatures. Tell everyone you know that has an interest in tiny homes about the association. Post us on your social feeds. When you are logged into the website, within your profile is an Invite tab. You can send invites to your friends from your profile and track who signs up. This will also track how many people that you recommend to us, sign the petition. Maybe we'll award a prize to the member that gets the most people to sign the petition. I am not promising anything here, because a prize is not the reason to tell people about the association. It is the strength in numbers that 100,000 signatures brings to the table. So help us grow!
We have begun collecting the latest news stories that relate to Tiny Home communities from across the web. The news that we find relevant to communities we are posting an intro in our News category and linking to the original story. If you have an interest in Tiny Home communities, you will be able to follow the latest news, as it breaks through the association site.
We have also begun filtering through YouTube videos that are relevant to ourcommunity cause and are linking to them in our News category as well.
Our aim is to bring together everything that relates tocommunities on this website to assist the policy makers, homeowners, and partner corporations with a single portal to everything that is Tiny Town relevant. If you find information that you think is of value, send us a link to our Contact Us page, or join the association yourself!