This teeny tiny home in Nanaimo makes me want to be more awesome

This little video about a tiny home made by Canada's TwelveCubed Homes is so incredibly inspiring:

Best quote? "The secret to living in such a small space is not to have too much junk." Wise words, even for those of us living in larger spaces.

Thanks to Stephanie for emailing us about this!

  1. That's so cool! Though I have to admit, having to get in bed like that would drive me crazy and remind me too much of my lofted bed days at college, though in the opposite sense.

    • A piano would also not fit in this tiny home, either. :( And by piano, I mean an upright or grand piano! Electric pianos are not my friend. I guess tiny homes are not meant for me!

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  2. Pretty sweet! Although, my husband's comment was "no place for bicycle storage" — a real deal-breaker for us. Our spare bedroom has the chest freezer, cookbooks, and bicycles (and no guest bed….).

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    • My home town too! I can't figure out where in town this is placed??

  3. My husband and I live in Nanaimo, and we thought we lived in a tiny house (900 sq ft). I don't think I could live in a space as small as that one, as a glass artist it would be an issue for sure.
    I could see it being a great place for students or people that don't have hobbies that take up a lot of space.
    My sister could live in a space like that, she loves minimal living.

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  4. I love the concept. It reminds me of Japan, where you can rent bed-only hotel 'rooms'. I think I could live like this, but only if there was space between the units (i.e.they were not placed back to back and on top of each other) and a park/forest nearby to fulfil my space-needs :).

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  5. I think the key to living in tiny homes is living in a vibrant city that you love. When Austin or Toronto is your "back yard" who needs a giant house?

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  6. I couldn't go that small, but I love my little house (750 sq. ft. bungalow). It's so true though about having only the essentials. You learn to pare down and create unique storage solutions.

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  7. Love the idea, but definitely meant for those who live alone, or as someone mentioned above, have hobbies that take up space.

  8. Also…Where's the clothes storage? I mean everyday clothes as well as winter clothes and stuff. I really find living in tiny spaces awesome, but you know…maybe not so tiny.

  9. I totally agree with y'all. I love the concept, but I really doubt it's for me. I think it really depends on your purpose – for me it would be worthwhile to think about paring down to a smaller house, but I don't need it to be tiny. Though crazy-efficient in some ways, you could make a little more space go really far and cost-wise, some things may be cheaper slightly bigger. However, if you want to be able to move it easily, for example, it could be great. (Many tiny houses are built to be towing compatible which also helps with the sometimes tricky building regulations.) I also think it could be cool as a little guest house since you wouldn't miss the storage space and could cut out some appliances for, say, more bathroom space. (Or of course as a little semi-permanent vacation home, but let's not get carried away, ha ha.)

    There are a ton more videos and house tours on youtube – it can really suck you in. ;-) Key word: Tiny House.

    Going back to the original point – one of the key players in the Tiny Houses Movement, The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company also offers floor plans for "cottages" which are bigger, but still designed to be highly efficient. Also, a lot of them have a traditional look which appeals to me, personally. http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/pages/cottages

    I liked the design of this Nanaimo house because of the floor bed since so many tiny houses use lofts. That works great as long as you either don't need to use the bathroom at night or feel comfortable trundling down a ladder (or in some designs, stairs). This has the kitchen above instead which seems a little safer/more do-able. I also haven't seen the clever folding floor idea before, either. :-)

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