04/14 Tiny homes surge in popularity

Yanick Belanger in front of his tiny house that he’s in the process of building.   Photo: David Buzzard

Yanick Belanger in front of his tiny house that he’s in the process of building. Photo: David Buzzard

Could you live in 230 square feet?

For Yanick Belanger and his young daughter, who own a tiny house in Brackendale, it’s no problem.

Belanger built the house to have many features of a larger home – including a washroom, kitchen and gas fireplace – but without an inch of wasted space.

At only 22 feet long and 11 feet wide, the living area is inspired by boat designs, so every area has multiple uses. A bed, for instance, pulls in to make more room during the day and, to save space, the stove and fridge are smaller than usual.

While there is absolutely no tolerance for clutter, Belanger says living in a tiny house isn’t a sacrifice so far, although he admittedly moved in only a week ago.

“I only have things that I use on a regular basis. Everything else is gone,” he says.

“We don’t own much kids’ toys. I’d rather go swimming, biking or to the park with my daughter.”

He built the house by himself after customizing the design drawings to suit his needs. The tiny home sits on top of a trailer that is parked on a piece of rented land in an acquaintance’s backyard.

Like many tiny houses in Squamish, the stained wood siding and large windows that allow for abundant natural light are quintessentially West Coast, and the modern interior is painted off-white to open up the quaint space.

“Because I own this house, I can design it in a way that it make sense to me,” says Belanger proudly. “No more wasted space. Super energy-efficient.”

Read more – http://www.squamishchief.com/lifestyles/tiny-homes-surge-in-popularity-1.2230157

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Elaine Walker