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Couple Lives in Tiny House for 2 Years While Building their Main Home


This cozy tiny house is 24 feet long and it has a sleeping loft with a staircase, two heat sources, lots of natural light, and a rustic cottagey interior design.

The current owner, John, bought the tiny house from a couple who lived in it off-grid for 2 years while they built their permanent home. It’s now located next to a lake in Chelsea, Quebec, Canada, and you can rent this tiny house on Airbnb.

Couple Lives in Off-Grid Tiny House for 2 Years While Building their Permanent Home in Quebec… (Now It’s a Tiny House Rental)

Couple Lives in Tiny House for 2 Years While Building their Main Home - Exploring Alternatives

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Couple Lives in Tiny House for 2 Years While Building their Main Home - Exploring Alternatives

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John made the house more functional by adding plumbing (a kitchen and bathroom sink, a toilet, and a shower), and by switching it from solar power to a 120-volt plug and play electrical system that is currently plugged into a sub panel from his main home.

Couple Lives in Tiny House for 2 Years While Building their Main Home - Exploring Alternatives

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We love that there’s a staircase (with a railing!) to get up to the sleeping loft.  Safety first!

Couple Lives in Tiny House for 2 Years While Building their Main Home - Exploring Alternatives

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The house weighs between 15,000 and 16,000 lbs and measures 24′ x 8.6′ x 13.6′ on the outside. It’s insulated with Roxul in the floor, walls, and ceiling and it has 2×4 framing, plywood sheathing, and cedar shakes on the outside.

Couple Lives in Tiny House for 2 Years While Building their Main Home - Exploring Alternatives

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The two sources of heat are a marine wood stove and a wall-mounted 1500 Watt electric heater with a thermostat.

Couple Lives in Tiny House for 2 Years While Building their Main Home - Exploring Alternatives

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To find out more about this tiny house, and to take a full tour, check out the video below!

VIDEO: This Cozy Tiny House Makes You Want to Move in Right Away!

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Danielle Chabassol
Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.

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