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Modern Industrial Tall Tiny House in Toronto

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This is a modern industrial tiny home in the ‘Tiny Town’ neighborhood of Toronto designed by LineBox Studio that we featured back in 2016 to show you how awesome tiny homes can be if they are legalized in more places. The great part about this tiny house is that it was built using many reclaimed materials.

Not to mention, that it’s actually pretty huge. It’s more of a small house, or, I guess some people might call it a very spacious tiny house. It was designed and built this way because it sits on a very narrow lot that measures only 14′ by 70′. In total, it’s a 566-sq.-ft. home with super tall ceilings! It must be wonderful getting to live in it, don’t you think? Wouldn’t it be great getting to see more homes like this being developed? Even communities filled with homes around this size?

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Modern Industrial Tiny Home on a Foundation in Toronto… 566-sq.-ft. Design with Tall Ceilings

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Images © Linebox Studio

A super tall tiny house that feels huge inside…

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When you really look at it though, it’s really pretty small, isn’t it?

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But there’s more… There’s another level upstairs.

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When you go up, there’s a loft space with storage.

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The chair turns into a bed.

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And you can even have a peek at the living area below from up there.

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The bathroom is on the main level and is accessible via a sliding barn door.

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The outside is accessible via large sliding glass doors on the main level.

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What do you think of this home?

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It’s a tall tiny home built on a foundation on a very narrow lot.

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How do you like the architecture and exterior design?

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Narrow lot that it was designed for.

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Fits in nicely!

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Images © Linebox Studio

Mini Craven sits on a 14’x70’ lot on Craven Road, in the ‘Tiny Town’ neighborhood of Toronto.  First developed as worker housing in the 1880s, the street that was then a vacant railway corridor is now characterized by a series of 10’wide lots with homes between 300 and 500 square feet in size.   Since that time, the houses along Craven Road have wavered between the unlawful and decrepit to the quirky and endearing. It is in this mixed and beautiful context that Mini Craven exists and participates in its neighbourhood.

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  • Gigi
    June 2, 2016, 10:57 pm

    Nice use of a really small urban lot. industrial is not my style but I can appreciate its appeal to many. What I would like to know is how they heat this high-ceilinged home during Toronto’s cold winters.

  • kevin
    June 3, 2016, 9:10 am

    i like the idea, I just don’t think they used the space as well as they could have. at least from all the emptiness I can see.

    • e.a.f.
      March 15, 2020, 7:52 am

      Kevin, there are people who like empty. they actually work very hard to get this look and keep things to an absolute min. I’m not one of them, but it really works for some. It is a cool look, I must say and goes well with the floors and the stairs.

  • Meg
    June 3, 2016, 9:45 am

    Loving the chair that turns into a twin bed! Not a fan of industrial but very cool that it was built with reclaimed materials.

  • alice h
    June 3, 2016, 1:30 pm

    Not really a fan of industrial style or excessive amounts of open vertical space but given the lot size this is pretty impressive.

  • Carol Perry
    June 3, 2016, 2:01 pm

    Your home fits perfectly between your neighbor’s homes. It looks like you added value to the neighborhood. Just love your windows! The way you have it set up it looks really nice. I didn’t see any source of heat How do you heat your beautiful home? Carol???

  • Rev
    June 3, 2016, 3:54 pm

    Five stars for the visual! I appreciate the open stairs and upper-story ‘half-walls’. These sight-lines give a free feel to a tiny space.

    Oops! As a retired restaurant owner, I need a lot more counters for food prep, clear space on both sides of the sink, and I would separate the cooking area from the fridge.

  • Brandi
    June 3, 2016, 9:51 pm

    Not a good use of space…….I really couldn’t find anything to say positive about this one. Thank you Alex for showing us all kinds of different kinds of tiny homes???? LOL I guess that is as good as I can make it.

    • CJ Burlingame
      March 14, 2020, 9:20 pm


  • Rue
    June 3, 2016, 10:04 pm

    Like the others, I’m not a fan of the whole spartan-industrial thing, but it’s impressive how much space the builder wrangled out of that little bitty lot.

    I think with different furniture in a better arrangement, this house could be quite nice.

  • Tim
    June 4, 2016, 10:03 am

    So is it a home or an office space? Also, I’m amazed it was up to code to build that close to other homes.

  • Dan
    June 4, 2016, 1:36 pm

    As a Toronto home owner who has learned the hard way – that sloped roof would cause the neighbour (little blue house) a very wet basement. There seems to be no room in the small space between blue house and new grey house for blue house to fix the wet basement problem. City of Toronto Building Department goofed there.

    • Eric
      August 19, 2018, 5:38 pm

      But… why would it cause a problem. On the little blue house side the roof has guttering… therefore shedding rainwater from the roof to the drainage area.

      Given your concern, how come there isn’t any regarding snow… that is there in abundance? That would cause, according to your reasoning, wet basement problems when it melts.

      • Stephan of Arkansas
        March 14, 2020, 3:34 pm

        Dan and Eric, I enjoyed both of your comments about the sloped roof, rain runoff, etc because I had the same thought. (I know little of snow accumulation, as I am a child of Dixie; not much snow down here.) As to the effectiveness of gutters, I learned about that in a terrible way: I lived and worked in vibrant, crowded Jakarta, Indonesia, for over 20 years. (Amazing mix of cultures there, 99% of the people lovely and welcoming.) As to gutters, I experienced and survived what the experts there called the “once in 500 years rainfall event” when “normal sized” gutters and drains had no effect. Water in houses, gardens turned into ponds. I saw dead animals floating down streets that had turned into rivers, and friends of mine in other areas saw human bodies floating down the roads. I am not an architect or designer, just a layman with interest in functional design. And I tell anyone that asks to make their new house’s gutters and drainage “oversize”, at least twice the usual standard, and to build houses off the ground higher than “normal.” Because the once in 100 years, once in 500 years events are happening more frequently, I think due to climate change, but call it what U will. This comment respectfully submitted.

  • Carolyn Cianciotto
    June 4, 2016, 9:39 pm


  • Denise
    June 5, 2016, 8:23 am

    I love the open feel of this one and the stone floor gives added floor insulation and a feel of warmth. If this has the kind of insulation that Toronto needs and it has floor radiant heat, I imagine it is extremely cozy. The really nice thing is it feels big in a small space with different levels and nooks to do a different task, even if it is just curling up with a good book on that orange chair bed.

  • Kurt
    June 9, 2016, 1:55 pm

    Not for me…too close to other people.

  • Dominick
    August 19, 2018, 10:06 am

    I found this to be absolutely hideous, cold, barren,.with all the empty useless space to be heated,what a waste of engery.

    • Stephan of Arkansas
      March 14, 2020, 3:12 pm

      Dominick, I agree with U that the house seems cold and barren. But I would not use the work “hideous” because, believe me, I have seen some absolutely hideous architecture in my time; consider the “Brutalist” designs, especially some of the stuff out of Stalin’s Russia. I, too, am not a fan of “modern industrial” but if I have learned anything at all in my 71 years, it is that beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. This comment submitted with respect and kindest regards. Stephan of Arkansas

  • Alexa Saunders
    August 19, 2018, 12:52 pm

    I like this place. Although I would decorate a litle differently, there are several new ideas that I find really interesting. Thanks for expanding our options!

  • Hudson
    August 19, 2018, 3:30 pm

    I am very surprised anyone was allowed to build on that lot (can firemen reach the back through the side yards with hoses and equipment? ) Think you would have made enemies of your neighbors on both sides. The interior is too sparse for my taste but it is well done for the industrial look.

  • Cyndi Raper
    August 20, 2018, 8:04 am

    I have always been a huge fan of the industrial look and think that without a doubt of the thousands of tiny house photos I have looked at, this is by far my favorite. If I had $150,000 in the bank I’d offer it to you for a quick sale. I love this place you did a fantastic job!!

  • Dawn
    October 24, 2018, 12:30 pm

    I like the movable unit next to sink. By moving a work area a foot or even a few inches could make it more workable for two…maybe even three? Love, love, love the open feel of the ceiling height. As for the starkness, this person may not have the need for much storage and/or prefers a clean uncluttered living space, but for someone that does, this home certainly provides for that option. Looks like cement floors….and a drain in the bathroom floor….so practical. Nicely done.

  • Kathy Schweit
    May 28, 2020, 12:31 pm

    Its neat how it fits the lot, but a HUGE amount of wasted interior space. Its in a cold climate so why the tall ceilings where all heat rises in winter. I would think it would be better suited to lower the ceiling with nooks above first to
    store/read/cozy guest space, etc.

  • Linda Dust
    May 28, 2020, 12:36 pm

    So much room but no bedroom?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 28, 2020, 1:18 pm

      The chair in the loft turns into a bed.

      • Linda Dust
        May 28, 2020, 9:30 pm

        The chair may turn into a bed, but that’s not a proper bedroom. Is this building to be used as an office or a home? Tiny houses are usually very economical when it comes to use of space. This one seems to have a lot of wasted space.

  • raymond sharp
    May 28, 2020, 12:46 pm

    Call a shotgun house in New Orleans…Brad Pitt built a bunch after Katrina in the 9th ward…

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