Introducing myself, Marina Tidbury

Who I  Happen To Be.

Salutations reader for coming to my pointy tiny house

My name is Marina Tidbury and I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  I have a bachelor degree in English and a cluster in Quebec Studies from Concordia University.  My second language is French.  I have worked with environmental projects and I am a co-founder of the Coop Les Valoristes  I am also a writer.

Tiny homes on wheels have been an interest of mine since I first heard of their existence. Since that time I have been gathering information about them, finding where to get plans to build them or, have help, to create personal designs for them. Lastly, I have been researching the locations where they could be installed, particularly in Canada.

I do not own a tiny home on wheels yet nor do I live in one.  I am aiming to acquire one within the next five years.  For the time being, I live in a Montreal apartment.  I will be able to relate to those who are thinking about living in a tiny home on wheels who are still bewildered about how to make that dream come true.

Up to now, I have read about two tiny homes on wheels being install on the island of Montreal in local newspapers. One was in a backyard in Dorval, Montreal. A woman named Natalie Woodburn installed it behind her parents home.  The CBC aired a story about her on July 30, 2014.  The Montreal Gazette ran a story on her on August 22, 2014.

Another anonymous woman in another section of Montreal installed a tiny home in a yard sometime later. An article was run about her home in a French newspaper which unfortunately I can’t remember the name of at this time.

These were both surprising events to me since getting permission by a city to install a tiny trailer home can be complicated. Still, it demonstrated that progress was being made and that owning a tiny home is becoming feasible for many people.  It could happen for other fellow Montreal dwellers.

These articles did not explain in specific terms, however, where to acquire a tiny home on wheels except that they had been bought in the United States. That did not give much of a lead to anyone else who might be interested in getting one of these homes. I also wondered if it was necessary to cross the border to get one of these houses.

It turns out there are a number of places in Canada that do build and sell tiny homes on wheels.  It can still nevertheless, take a good amount of traveling to reach them depending on where you are located in the country.  Canada is so spacious that it can be similar to taking a trip to the U.S. except you don’t have to worry about having a passport.

Some people might opt to build their own tiny home from scratch as was the case with Canadian Kayla Feenstra whose story was run on Global news on March 27, 2014, in Abbotsford, British Colombia.  That idea is a good one, but you have to know how to draw house plans to do so or have a discussion with someone who is familiar with the work involved.

Despite the complications in getting a tiny home on wheels, my interest in them has not gone down.  In fact, it continues to rise.

Why Get A Tiny Home On Wheels?

I always dreamed of having my own house but it was never in the range of affordability. Then a couple of years ago while doing an internet search on  tiny home being driven by a carhouses as a lark, I come upon the term tumbleweed homes, also known as tiny houses. These homes can come with or without wheels. I prefer the trailer ones with wheels because you can move your house with you at any time. I am probably a nomad at heart.  This is why I will be focusing on them as an example of a tiny home.9

The cost of these tiny homes is way lower than a traditional house. This fact allows more people to have their own homes and not be burden with huge mortgages.

People who live in tiny homes have very small debt loads.

Tiny home dwellers live a simplistic lifestyle devoted to family, community, and spirituality.  They are not materialistic.

You can also make tiny homes on wheels environmentally friendly by putting solar panels on the roof to receive electricity or by having a composting toilet. Some people use recycled materials for the construction of their new home instead of just using new materials.

Tiny homes on wheels are not just used as permanent residences. Their purposes are flexible.  They are used as guest homes, traveling offices, hotels, and places to help homeless people get back on their feet.  Students travel with them in order to have a cheap place to live. Sometimes many tiny homes on wheels come close together to form a village or town.  A community is then created.

The Challenges That Come With Tiny Homes On Wheels

transporting the tiny home

Attempting to find where tiny homes on wheels are sold is not always easy.  When you do find a seller it is usually at quite a distance from your current home.  The situation is improving over time but it can still be daunting.

Finding plans or getting help making plans to build one is not a simple task.

Getting permission to install your home on wheels in a given area can be troublesome, especially in the city.

You have to be willing to downsize your lifestyle and live as a minimalist to enjoy living in a tiny home.

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