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Mark singlehandedly built this DIY tiny house on a tight budget, and used mostly reclaimed and secondhand materials to furnish the interior.

The entire home cost $30K CAD (~$24K USD) to build, and that includes the cost of a new custom trailer, new lumber, and the rent he paid for a building space.

He and his girlfriend lived in the tiny home for a year and a half in Stouffville, Ontario (near Toronto) at an RV park where they legally parked their tiny house year round and spent approximately $300/month on rent and $100/month on utilities.


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Two women, Sam and Stasia, co-founded the BC Tiny House Collective in 2016 to legitimize and legalize tiny houses in the province of British Columbia, Canada.  They now have thousands of people supporting them, and over a hundred volunteers to help with everything from building tiny houses and analyzing research data, to updating their website.

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They’re using a 3-pronged approach to try and legalize tiny houses in their area that seems very interesting and effective:
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Atli has chosen full-time van dwelling as a long term housing solution because it helps her spend less money, work a flexible job, travel when she wants, and have her own mobile home in the city.


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This “tiny house” tipi is completely off the grid with solar for power, a wood stove for heat, a unique shower for hot water, and propane for cooking.

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After finishing grad school, Sam decided that a tiny house would be a perfect fit for her lifestyle. She wanted to remain in Vancouver, BC to be near work, family and friends; but the cost of living in the city was incredibly high.

She also wanted to be able to work a not-for-profit job without worrying whether she’d have enough money for rent each month. Last but not least, tiny houses were a housing solution that fit well with her environmental sustainability values.

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The Sakura by Minimaliste Tiny Houses is an inspiring tiny house by a builder who’s really taken the time to design a functional, livable, and spacious home on wheels.

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Lucy from Lulastic Hippyshake lives fully off-grid in New Zealand in this stunning yurt with her husband and two children.

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