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Will tiny homes catch on?

February 19, 2018

ZeroSquared Tiny Homes measure 341 square feet, not counting storage space.

Alberta and B.C. companies are pitching tiny homes as alternative for residents seeking more affordable but comfortable homes.
The Mint Tiny House Company will unveil three of their small homes during the B.C. Home and Garden Show that runs from February 21-26 in Vancouver.
The company has three sizes: 28, 30 and 45 feet. The largest house measures just under 400 square feet with the others in the 320-square-foot range. Mint Tiny is building one tiny house a week at their Delta, B.C. facility. Prices range from $50,000 to $100,000.
In Calgary, ZeroSquared Tiny Homes has one model, which offers 341 square feet of living space and 33 square feet of storage, according to company spokeswoman Shannon Novak.
The house costs from $88,900 to $110,000, depending on upgrades.
“The basic model is ready to move into, with all plumbing and heating, kitchen and a shower,” Novak said.
“We have sold two so far,” Novak said. Both were bought by clients in the U.S., but she said they have had a lot of interest lately from Albertans.
Most of those expressing interest in both Mint Tiny and ZeroSquared houses want to set the units up on rural lots.
Calgary has no set rules for the size of a house, but the City of Vancouver requires that a detached house must be no less than 398 square feet.


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