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927-sq.-ft. Strawbale Home w/ 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, and a Mudroom!


This is the story of a 927-sq.-ft. strawbale home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a mudroom! It’s called the Ojo North and it’s designed by Future Living Lab. The home is built using strawbale structurally insulated panel construction. Interesting, right?

It may not be 400 sq feet small but we managed to fit 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, dining area, living room, and mud room into this 927 sq foot strawbale house!

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Family-friendly 927-sq.-ft. Strawbale Home w/ 3 Beds, 2 Baths + Mudroom

Video Tour/Walkthrough of the Ojo Norte Strawbale Home in Ontario

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Future Living Lab | Ojo North | YouTube | Island Life Tiny Homes

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Alex

Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Marcia
    October 29, 2019, 2:03 pm

    pretty, but would have been nice to actually SEE the rooms or is it just me?

    • Elizabeth
      December 9, 2019, 1:19 pm

      Agreed!

    • Cate
      January 14, 2021, 5:15 pm

      YEAH! Why NO inside pics?

  • Teri P
    October 29, 2019, 2:58 pm

    That video was a waste of time. From what I can see it’s a great property.

  • Scott
    October 30, 2019, 1:02 pm

    I agree that the video was not well-balanced in it’s ‘tour’ of the house – over 20 seconds of someone playing with their drone over the local forests and rivers, then outside distance shots of the structure. Then, almost 40 seconds into the video before you actually see the interior, but not really any detail of the interior – more ‘artsy’ shots. Would have been nice to have an actual walk-through of the home, showing some of the features it has….

  • November 4, 2019, 9:14 am

    Hey Maricia unfortunately that was all the footage I had to work with but I do have some interior photos on my website at http://www.islandlifehomes.ca. I will be uploading more interior shots eventually. Thank you!

  • November 4, 2019, 9:17 am

    Hi Scott. Unfortunately that was all the footage I had to work with. I wish I had more interior shots, but I do have some interior photos on my website at http://www.islandlifehomes.ca. I will be uploading more interior shots eventually. IThank you!

  • Bryan O'Connor
    November 6, 2021, 10:14 pm

    While TECHNICALLY not a Tiny House, which is defined as anything 900 square feet or smaller Idk anyone whose going to argue over 27 sq feet, that’s 1/3 of the size of the average bathroom.

    • Alex
      November 8, 2021, 9:45 am

      Some don’t consider tiny if it’s less than 600-sq.-ft., some 400-sq.-ft. or less, some 900-sq.-ft. or less, but either way we still like to feature homes occasionally that are just considered “small” to most people. We keep them all right here if you want to find more of them: https://tinyhousetalk.com/category/small-houses/

      Thanks, Bryan!! 🙂

    • James D.
      November 8, 2021, 12:27 pm

      900 Sq Ft or smaller is what usually applies to ADU’s and not specifically to Tiny Houses. Establishing what size range a secondary house on a property can be in comparison to the primary house…

      There actually isn’t any official, or universally accepted, definition of what size range a Tiny House should be to everyone. So it falls to opinions, which vary upon people’s perception compared to what they consider their norm baseline.

      Average home sizes vary around the world and throughout history. So that baseline can be very different for different people who are used to different norms, as averages can vary from as small as 480 Sq Ft on up to over 2800 Sq Ft for which the comparison to 900 Sq Ft can be very different, depending on which norm it’s being compared to and more so for those people who are used to homes that aren’t average…

      The only actual definition for tiny houses is the one established to help legalize them, which puts them at 400 Sq Ft or less, but there’s nothing preventing them from being larger except then they would fall under local requirements that can be different from one municipality to the next.

      It was just easier to establish the 400 Sq Ft or less legal definition rather than remove the reason that threshold was established to prevent anything not built to residential building code standards from being used as a full time residential home. Even going so far as to add Tiny Houses to the 2018 IRC with Appendix Q so they can be placed on foundations and treated like any other real estate property.

      There can just be confusion between all the different standards and options but the important thing is just whether or not it’s appropriate to meet your needs and it doesn’t really matter what you call it other than what regulation you have to navigate through to be allowed to use it as your home…

      • Bryan O'Connor
        November 8, 2021, 8:02 pm

        900 sq feet or under is the construction/real estate industry standard for a Tiny House size, While there’s no “Officially defined” sized for a tiny size you know one when you see one, just like a Mansion, 5000 sq feet is the agreed size in the industry for it to be a mansion but a 8 bedroom 4500 square foot house isn’t a mansion? Some say yes some say no. I prefer to use the industry standard when talking about what a tiny house is. Like I said, I’m not going to split hairs over 27 feet though especially when it’s a 3 bedroom.

        • James D.
          November 9, 2021, 3:14 pm

          Well, we can agree a small difference isn’t worth arguing about…

          However, to avoid confusing people, I have to point out there is no established construction/real estate industry standard for a Tiny House size that specifies 900 Sq Ft or less. Again, the only thing that does are for ADU’s, which has more to do with keeping them 50% or less the size of the primary house and was never about establishing a standard for what is tiny.

          I understand the confusion, as people have been using ADU regulations as a back door way to get Tiny Houses to be legally accepted as a residential home in areas that may otherwise ban them but ADU standards were established long ago, and separately of Tiny Houses, strictly for the addition of secondary structures that only have to be smaller than the primary structure but also still have a minimum size limit they can’t go below. So it’s just an overlap in use case but doesn’t specifically apply to Tiny Houses and would not apply at all in areas that allow the tiny house to be the primary structure…

          Just like the ANSI code was not developed for Tiny Houses on Wheels, they just apply to anything on wheels to be road legal and were established long before anything needed to be considered a Tiny House or not, and would not apply if the Tiny House was not on wheels…

          It’s something to keep in mind that not everything has industry standards for various reasons like being too small of a niche market, or being too new to have anything established yet, to something that’s more a style that like art is up to a matter of interpretation, or even that it’s considered not necessary if another standard covers them, which all four examples presently apply to Tiny Houses and we’re still many years from that changing enough for Tiny Houses to really have their own established industry standards…

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