the BIG Question

Why Tiny?

Minister Clark mentioned at the 2022 ROMA Conference that Ontario has a shortage of 1.2M homes.  60% of this population fits the tiny home demographic or over 800,000 people in housing need. At the time of writing, Ontario needs to add 536 homes per day, which can be 177 traditional homes and 359 tiny homes, to meet the needs of Ontarians in housing need by 2030  This does not take into account emigration or immigration.

A VIABLE SOLUTION

TINY’S VS TOWERS

Why would you build tiny home communities in cities, instead of high-density housing (apartments, condos, townhouses, or semi-detached homes)? We wouldn’t, other than some specialty pocket neighbourhoods. High-density housing makes sense for urban areas where the number of people housed per square foot is the priority, but for addressing housing needs overall, tiny home communities are a better option.

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HUGE IMPACT TO GOING TINY

12 Benefits to a Tiny Lifestyle

A minimalist lifestyle is a needed cure for much that ails us in our modern society.

If our home was paid off or 3-4x less expensive per month, we could work less, volunteer more, eat better, give more, pay for education, invest in the business  and enjoy life.

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Not an Option Because it's not an Option

One cannot determine whether someone in housing need would choose a tiny home over another form of housing because other housing options are not available. The question would become, would you rather live in a tiny home, or in your current state of housing?

Less Builders for Towers - Lots for Tinys

There are only a few builders that can build high-density housing, but there are many builders (including DIYers) that can build tiny homes. So tiny homes increase the number of builders that can work to address the housing shortage.

Years of Waiting or Move-in in a Month!

It can take years before someone can move into a new apartment complex (from concept, through regulations, and construction) vs a tiny home can be move-in ready in a month. The time from concept to move-in is faster with tiny homes.

Truly Rapid Housing

The slowest part of building a tiny home community is building the infrastructure, but this is required of traditional developments as well. Once completed, adding tiny homes can more much faster than traditional housing.

Big Bucks/High Risk vs Less Cost/Low Risk

Building an apartment building takes a lot of capital, something only a few developers can afford and only a few investors will support. The cost to build tiny homes is borne by the homeowner, so risk and cost are spread over a larger funding base.

P/SF Cost higher but Acquisition is the Lowest

While the cost per square foot to construct a tiny home can be more than the same size apartment, the small size of a tiny home reduces the cost of acquisition, simply because it is small. A tiny home is the lowest cost of acquisition of any form of housing.

Less Material than Traditional Builds

The material required to build a tiny home is less than any other form of housing.

Infrastructure Built up front - Instant Connections

When tiny home communities are built, the infrastructure for the whole community can be built at once, therefore at the lowest cost per site, but the homes can be added as required or when available. Connection times to the community typically take a couple of hours or less.

More Land for Food Production

Tiny home communities can be built on existing farmland, in such a way to produce more crops than the farmland they replace, while providing housing.  CropBoxes or other vertical containerized growing systems can produce the same quantity of crops as the land the community uses, using less water, fertilizer, and no pesticides, producing organic foods year-round. This is not easily available for those living in towers of multi-flex units.

Off Grid is more Obtainable

Tiny home communities can be built where infrastructure doesn’t exist as tiny home communities can be designed to be self-sufficient.

Onsite vs Factory-built Tiny Home Advantages

Onsite construction waste can be reduced or eliminated, resulting in lee materials to the landfill, along with reduced construction costs.

They can be built year-round without the delays and damage caused by the elements.

They can benefit from volume materials purchase, repeatable building processes, from standardized designs. There are only so many ways to layout a tiny home’s interior.

They can be built faster than any other form of housing.
Once the build process is approved, they can be manufactured without the cost and delays that regular inspections can result in.
More labourers can be trained to assemble the components in a tiny home, creating new jobs, in many locations across the country while helping to address Canada’s housing crisis.

Breathing Everyone's Air vs Just Your Own

The W.H.O.. states that a major factor in the increase in communicable diseases is due to cramming too many people in the same spaces. Britannica says – “Problems tend to arise primarily when populations become so dense as to cause overcrowding. Overcrowding is often associated with decreases in the quality of living conditions and sanitation, and hence the rate of agent transmission is typically very high in such areas. Thus, overcrowded cities or densely populated areas of cities can potentially serve as breeding grounds for infectious agents, which may facilitate their evolution, particularly in the case of viruses and bacteria. Rapid cycling between humans and other hosts, such as rats or mice, can result in the emergence of new strains capable of causing serious disease.” https://www.britannica.com/science/infectious-disease/Population-density

 

Make use of infill land

Instead of waiting for a property to come on the market or for an entire development to be available, by-laws and codes are now more friendly to adding 2nd living dwellings to existing land with housing already on them.

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Bridge the Gap for the Homeless

Though tiny home living isn’t for everyone, those who struggle to find conventional housing could benefit from a surge in tiny home building as accessory dwelling units or on newly developed community sites. Cheaper and faster to build than conventional apartment buildings, and more appealing to current homeowners looking for a mortgage helper, a laneway tiny home or entire tiny home village can help house some of the most vulnerable in society who struggle to find and keep affordable housing.

Own Your House AND Be Debt Free

Micro homes can cost anywhere from $25,000 to $150,000 depending on what style you choose. This completely opens up your chances of owning a space to call home.

The ownership rate of people living in a tiny house is 78%. For those living in a traditional house, the ownership rate is just 65%. Many of those who own their tiny house doesn’t have a mortgage either. 68% of homeowners with a tiny house have no mortgage at all, compared to the national rate of 30% of homeowners.

Less maintenance with fewer materials per household

It seems pretty obvious that a tiny home would use less materials than a large conventionally built house, but even accounting for size differences, tiny home builds can be less wasteful because they often follow a standard design. Engineers will have mapped out every piece of the (tiny home) puzzle before they make the first cut, meaning they can use materials in the most efficient way to minimize waste. Many companies are also highly adept at knowing the exact offcuts from larger modular pieces and using these in other areas of the design, such as for window frames, door sills, and so on.

Tiny homes bring the price of the home down to a level where a single illness, job loss, or basement leak will not cause people to go bankrupt and lose their house.

Cheaper to heat

Many tiny homes are designed to be energy efficient and eco-friendly. This makes sense, given that a lot of tiny homes are intended for off-grid living and are reliant on wind, solar, and micro hydro power for electricity. Smart design can incorporate eco-friendly passive heating, cooling, or power elements, and the smaller space is in itself easier, faster, and cheaper to heat and cool. Look for smart elements like infrared mirrors that heat a space in addition to adding light.

Savings on insurance and land taxes

The slowest part of building a tiny home community is building the infrastructure, but this is required of traditional developments as well. Once completed, adding tiny homes can more much faster than traditional housing.

The ability to place a village onto land that historically would be deemed un-developable

Building an apartment building takes a lot of capital, something only a few developers can afford and only a few investors will support. The cost to build tiny homes is borne by the homeowner, so risk and cost are spread over a larger funding base.

Smaller land footprint.

A typical Micro-home land plot is 5x less than typical land lots.

More cash in your pocket at the end of the month

If your home was paid off or 3-4x less expensive per month, you could work less, volunteer more, eat better, give more, pay for education, invest in the business  and enjoy life.

Welcome to the Caring and Sharing Economy!

Living in a very small space where every inch of storage is precious encourages you to avoid buying things you don’t need and instead borrow and trade tools, sports equipment, and even kitchen gadgets and larger items for hobbies. This can help you hook into a sharing economy and find a caring community close by.

Save the Planet!

Less Environmental impact – Less materials waste
Fewer emissions – Less impact on the grid 
(1/10 compared to a big home)

Less to clean!

Okay, so this one is a bit silly, but it has to be said that a tiny home of less than 500 square feet is much easier to clean and maintain than a sprawling 2500 square foot rancher with a huge roofline and a lot of flooring and windows. Cleaning gutters need no longer mean calling in the professionals for a full day’s work. Instead, you can probably get it done in an hour or two and then tidy, vacuum, mop, dust, and put your feet up all before the day is done.

Easier/cheaper 
to make accessible

Tiny home communities can be built where infrastructure doesn’t exist as tiny home communities can be designed to be self-sufficient.

Take it with You!

What if moving was as simple as turning the key to your ignition and driving away? A large number of tiny homes are being built on truck beds, or small enough to lift onto a flatbed.

You could:

  • Move your house when you take a new job without ever having to go through the hassle of selling and buying a new one.
  • Never have to worry about hiring a mover and renting a truck or trailer.
  • Stay with friends/family for extended periods while not infringing upon their space (or theirs on yours).
  • Avoid anticipated natural disasters.
  • Never have to pay for a hotel room on any road trip.
  • You already own a vacation home!

The data shows that most in need of housing are single, single parent with child or partners with no children.  

In a survey by Simcoe County on homelessness in 2020 it showed that 93% of” family types” were SINGLE (84%) or Single with child (11%)

Yet we are continuing to build multi-bedroom units assuming 2 incomes will cover rent, making them out of reach for these potential renters or owners.

Tiny homes can’t solve the housing needs of all Canadians however, when someone that is over-housed in a home larger than their needs, relocates to a tiny home, that bigger home becomes available to a bigger household. Tiny homes can accommodate the needs of larger family groups through redistribution.

How much does someone in Simcoe County make?

The average is $42,520 per year or $21.81 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $27,183 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $78,662 per year.

https://ca.talent.com/salary?job=simcoe+county

How much is the average home?

The average price of homes sold in October 2022 was $634,318, down modestly by 1.8% from October 2021. The more comprehensive year-to-date average price was $714,031, an increase of 15.2% from the first 10 months of 2021.

https://creastats.crea.ca/board/simc

If the accepted % of housing cost is 30% of income, we have a major Price GAP to fill.

Not attainable.  No Housing

Not attainable.  No Housing

Not attainable.  No Housing

Attainable.  Most Housing.

Where are affordable 1-bedroom, studio rentals or homes in the market?

We're excited to partner with local builders, developers, municipalities and the Province to create a pilot pocket community or neighbourhood in our region within the next two years.

These micro-layout neighbourhoods will be a game-changer for both urban and suburban areas looking to minimize a development footprint, maximize community spirit and see all those in need find deeper affordable housing.

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