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She Built A Chemical Free Tiny House in Canada

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If you’ve ever thought of a chemical free tiny house for yourself or for someone you know, I think you’ll really like this post.

Corinne, the tiny home owner, experiences bad reactions to chemicals. So she built a little home that’s chemical-free with carefully chosen materials. Instead of creating her own plans, she simply went with the 8×20 Leaf House plans which incorporates a modern design and is specifically engineered for cold climates in the north.

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Woman’s Chemical Free Tiny House in Canada


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Video Tour of Corinne’s Chemical-free Tiny Home on Wheels


Related: 215 Sq. Ft. Leaf House That Accommodates Family of Four

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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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  • Susie M
    August 21, 2014, 1:13 pm

    Very pleasantly simple – great use of the landing/hallway with built in cupboards underneath – innovative way to have a loft and stairs, with only a few ladder steps, yet still plenty of light to keep it airy under the loft.

    I don’t see a heat source -maybe I missed it – but am hoping that with Corinne’s need for as few chemicals as possible – so wood stove and propane stove being out of the question – she has opted for under floor heating – something I have been asking about on the tiny house circuit for quite some time now – but no one seems to be using it…. thoughts??? responses???

  • Dominick Bundy
    August 21, 2014, 2:10 pm

    This is one of the most uniquely designed tiny house I’ve every seen so far. Very well thought out Corinne .. The only difference for me would be a need to put a closet somewhere for hanging clothes and other storage. Maybe at the end of the hallway to the loft or in the corner next to the bathroom door…

    • Alex
      August 21, 2014, 4:43 pm

      Thanks Dominick. This is definitely one of the great ones 🙂

  • Jesse
    August 21, 2014, 2:37 pm

    Love how spacious the loft becomes as far as headroom goes when you have a shed roof thats sideways like this. Wonder what thats called. It makes sense if you’re employing only one side for loft space… although I’m still not a huge fan of the exterior aesthetically.

    • Alex
      August 21, 2014, 4:42 pm

      I totally agree Jesse. But I too would go with the slanted shed style roof instead of pitched for the interior space even though it’s more pleasing to look at a pitched roof house from the outside. Thanks!

  • Brian
    August 21, 2014, 3:19 pm

    Thankyou for sharing. Love the bathroom at the opposite end of the main room away from the kitchen. Also the stairs to the bedroom and I agree with Dominic, there could be a closet at the end of the landing for cloths etc.
    Well thought out design. Cheers from Australia.

    • Alex
      August 21, 2014, 4:41 pm

      Thanks Brian!

      • mountaingypsy
        December 21, 2014, 1:05 am

        Love the angle roof, loft BR on one side, and bath at one end! I wonder if a small pantry/storage, could have been built by the stove, and over that a closet for the BR (in the hall)? The hall is great and good for light, but storage could be fit in just a few feet. Great design…

  • 2BarA
    August 21, 2014, 4:43 pm

    Nice layout. I like the bathroom near the entrance door and away from the kitchen. Good job!

  • bruce CG Gallagher
    August 21, 2014, 5:49 pm

    I think it might be nice if Corrine mentioned where her inspiration came for this home of hers…..see Herbert’s ‘Leaf House’ from the Yukon….she has just
    configured the layout of the bathroom and kitchen positioning different than

  • ruth ruddock
    August 21, 2014, 7:00 pm

    I really liked this house layout…I would add a small washer/dryer somewhere in the design if feasible; loved the stairs rather than a ladder, however I believe I saw rungs of a ladder up from the second landing, since I did not see the video I may be off on that. I’m too old for ladders these days.
    My main question( and I plan to email Corinne on this), is that MCS plays a part in my life, also, but my main issue is EMF….how does one use solar panels and avoid problems with the EMF put out with the inverter…much is greek to me in this area. I do not use WiFi, so that isn’t an issue. If others reading this post have additional information they could contribute on building a tiny house for an EMF sensitive person, please feel free to email me directly at ruddock1ruth(at)gmail(dot)com.
    I am so glad that you have submitted your building story for folks with MCS since there are so many out there who need this kind of info.

  • Jayne
    August 21, 2014, 9:06 pm

    So many of these homes look wonderfully open with out curtains or blinds. In a southern hot climate, though, seems like the solar gain would make it too hot. How would you adjust this to manage heat and direct sun?

    • Jeff
      August 22, 2014, 12:55 am

      @Jayne, there are all manner of window/door treatments that can work, depending primarily on style. I’ve been using thermal/lined curtains for years. although when/if I get off my blessed a.ssurance to actually do more than dream, I think I will spring for the blinds that are between the panes of glassp–thermal/argon and all that. With the internal blinds–no dusting! Although I do have hayfever-ish leftovers from the allergies of my youth..honestly, it’s just I’m lazy. Let’s just say dusting blinds is *not* on my bucket list. 😉

  • Mike Brown
    August 22, 2014, 8:50 am

    Hello Corinne,
    I’m just wondering what part of Canada you are in? I’m in Ontario just North / East of Toronto and have been trying to build a tiny home on my own land and have been having issues with the local zoning.
    Did you have the same issues?

  • August 25, 2014, 11:28 am

    Love! Love! Love! I think this is my favorite all time tiny home I’ve seen yet…. And chemical free! Awesome!!! Great work Corinne!

    • Alex
      August 25, 2014, 12:38 pm

      Thanks Ashlynn I’m glad you loved it too 🙂

  • August 27, 2014, 8:54 pm

    That’s a REALLY neat house!!! (And a friend of mine says that not making your bed lets it air out more; I like that, since I rarely make my bed. LOL)

    • Alex
      August 27, 2014, 9:12 pm

      LOL, good one!! Never thought of it that way 😀

  • Elle
    September 1, 2014, 1:07 am

    Nice work Corinne! The bedroom-hallway does indeed give a more spacious feel and lots of options for usage. Yes, please share more pictures with us! It’s cozy -I love it. 🙂

  • Elle
    September 1, 2014, 2:00 am

    …to add… aregarding the link provided by Alex (I agree with Susie M) that this is one of the best researched, informative articles (by Corinne) I’ve read concerning the ‘energy’ issue. Though I’m not ‘anti-grid’ using off-grid energy is appealing because of the independence factor, particularly in the event of a black out.
    Corinne, what would be your choice for a back-up energy source in the event of power loss? Also, you expressed concern about the visibility of your grey water outlet. I don’t know where it’s located but if you’re planning on building a porch or deck would it be feasible to build one over the outlet so it’s “outta sight, outta mind”?.

  • Liz
    October 2, 2014, 1:50 pm

    Note to people taking pictures. Is there any reason you have to use the fish eye lens? It’s so difficult to truly see what you’re looking at when everything is rounded. Besides, is this art class or showing a product?

  • Marsha Cowan
    October 2, 2014, 10:33 pm

    This is a cleverly designed house, and the wood makes it very homey. I love the kitchen lay out! And I like the idea of a few stairs before climbing a short ladder. The hallway is nice, might could put a small antique chest of drawers in the end of it or something. Very nice!

  • trish
    December 19, 2014, 7:53 pm

    I like, like, like the floorplan. Great storage under hallway. I agree with others — closet at end of hall. Maybe another stap up before latter so not so much climbing. (I am an oldie and ladders will need to be minimal.) I would have bigger fridge on opposite wall at end of counter & use that space for washer/dryer. I hate so many designs with bath & kitchen crammed under loft. Yuck factor. Also I’d need a comfy sofa or a chair-and-a-half. Those large chairs that are not quite a loveseat. Overall this is definitely one in my dream book. 😉

  • Trish Dee
    December 21, 2015, 11:37 am

    Interesting design. Two things I would do…add a partition below the bottom shelf that is over the fridge area to keep the kitchen area more sanity from the hallway. Speaking of the hallway, at the rear it would be a good place for a clothes rod or even a small chest of drawers.

  • Karen Blackburn
    December 20, 2018, 4:37 am

    Experience tells me that a mattress laid directly onto the floor needs turning and airing weekly at the very least to prevent damp and mould from occurring. Something which is going to be difficult to impossible in an already cramped loft space. This becomes even more necessary if the occupant suffers from allergies yet time and again the mattresses are just lying on the floor. Slatted bed bases are used for a very good reason.

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