What is a tiny house?
Tiny houses can be incorporated into future and existing neighbourhoods to address cities’ needs for housing supply, gentle densification, infilling in place of greenfielding and the populating of neighbourhoods to support existing services and community amenities. As part of a pocket village or as a single unit, tiny homes champion liveability in a new holistic way, with the aim to cultivate environmental, community and personal health.
There is no formal definition of a tiny house; according to The Tiny Life, "tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, but they all enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space." The BC Tiny House Collective's defines a tiny house as:
- less than 500 square feet
- fully functional single housing unit that includes all of the basic amenities of a permanent home
- detached or semi-attached (as part of a housing complex)
- mobile (on wheels or a temporary foundation)
- customizable, tailored to individual taste and budget
- designed and built on the principles of affordability, community (social wellness and inclusion) and ecological sustainability (for instance, through the use of renewables, deconstructed materials, and passive building methods)
This working definition allows the tiny house to be seen as a unique housing stock, and differentiate it from other small dwellings, such as laneway homes, RVs and mobile homes, modular units and micro suites.