03/15 Looking inside Regina’s first tiny house

Interview with John Robinson, principal designer and partner of Robinson Residential, inside one of his tiny houses.

Interview with John Robinson, principal designer and partner of Robinson Residential, inside one of his tiny houses. Click the link at bottom of post for the video.

Robinson Residential designs houses and provides the plans to builders. But with the market “a little slow last year,” designing a tiny house was a way to keep busy and potentially break into a new market.

Robinson said the design was well received at a tiny house show in Portland, Ore., in the fall. A Wisconsin builder will be supplying Robinson’s homes to U.S. east coast customers.

The real thing — which was built in little more than three days in December — will be part of the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs in August, which Robinson calls “the Burning Man of tiny houses.”

Robinson said many tiny houses on the market are “unfortunately” of substandard quality, because builders are looking to meet a price point of, say, $15,000.

Robinson wasn’t concerned with making the most affordable house if it meant compromising on quality. His tiny house has lots of natural light — skylights, windows and patio doors, with a seven-foot deck on either side making the house feel larger than it is.

The company’s tiny houses start at $25,000 — that’s for a basic kit to build the house yourself. To buy an already-built house, it will cost up to $75,000.

The house is well insulated to withstand a Saskatchewan winter…

Read more and watch the video – http://leaderpost.com/business/local-business/looking-inside-reginas-first-tiny-house

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Elaine Walker