04/12 Tiny home design contest

Model tiny house created by architect John Robinson, of Robinson Residential Design.  Photo by Kate Bouey

Model tiny house created by architect John Robinson, of Robinson Residential Design. Photo by Kate Bouey

Designs from Regina to Vancouver were submitted in a tiny home contest run by Vernon’s First Nations Friendship Centre. The winner was announced Tuesday.

The contest was aimed at finding a new source of housing for at-risk youths and raising the urgency of providing homes for people facing barriers.

The winning design by retired architect Doug Warner will be built and then raffled off to the public in an effort to raise funds to build more tiny homes.

“Another aspect of this is they want some common space so there would be a circle of tiny homes with cooperative aspects of it – cooking space, meeting space – so I think it’s based on a traditional aboriginal living space,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham, a member of the city’s affordable housing committee.

Cunningham praised the tiny home idea. “We believe it is, perhaps, one piece of the puzzle in terms of addressing affordable housing.

“I think everybody just wants the dignity of having a space they can call their own and I think there is a lot potential for this being a cost effective way to do that,” said Cunningham.

Read more – http://www.castanet.net/news/Vernon/163049/Tiny-home-designs

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Elaine Walker