When a home is 280 square feet every inch counts, says Robert Johnson as he stands inside the tiny house he is building for his parents at Esk’et First Nation [Alkali Lake, BC, Canada].
“Outside it looks tiny, but the idea is to make it feel spacious inside,” he smiles as he nods toward the curved rafters, two lofts and round windows…
After he and his wife Bettina looked at plans of other tiny houses they decided to design their own. “We felt we could make it really interesting and use our creativity,” Robert says.
The front door is rounded on the top and has a carved scene of a bear and salmon.
For the siding, they’ve used pine from Linde Mill and employed an old Japanese treatment technique — Shou Sugi Ban — where the wood is charred to help it resist mould and moisture.
To meet the challenges of cold Cariboo winters and make the house energy efficient, they’ve installed closed cell spray foam insulation, an air exchange unit, a gas fireplace converted to propane, a propane stove and fridge, and an on-demand hot water heater.
Robert & Bettina are hosting an open house on Saturday, November 7th.