For homebuyers looking to reduce their environmental footprint, embrace a minimalist lifestyle and avoid being chained to a mortgage for the rest of their lives — tiny homes are becoming increasingly enticing.
But in Canada, they still occupy a grey zone — floating between recreational vehicles and traditional single-family residences. But tiny homes have hit the mainstream in a big way, thanks to home improvement shows, do-it-yourself culture, social media and prefab kits (you can literally buy a tiny house on Amazon with the click of a button). But in reality, living in one in Canada isn’t as easy as they make it look on HGTV.
Before you go out and buy (or build) a tiny home, you must consider the planning, zoning, and building requirements in your municipality, to ensure you’ll have a place to park your little abode.