Only 13′ Wide- The “SMALL not Tiny” MODERN HOUSE- Toronto

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In this clip, while visiting Toronto, Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, stays at a very cool, modern, and creative house- one that is only 13′ wide, and laden with some great space saving and ideas. While, not a tiny house, it still offers some great design and decor approaches.


  1. Like. I thought it was cool that Deek called it a small house versus a tiny house. I’m definitely not a hard liner for terminology but it seems like quite a few small houses are getting thrown into the tiny house category lately.

    • It’s mostly based on perception and bias on what people think a house should be, with the idea that they are somehow different more than just in size.

      But houses have always varied in sizes from something that is usually considered a starter home that may be only big enough for one or two people to on up to multi-generational houses or mansions.

      Prior to the 1950’s the national average house size was actually under 900 sq ft. So what people are used to now has really only been what is the result of the last 60+ years.

      Historically, small and tiny structures were actually the norm for most of human history and even now you can go to many other parts of the world where it is still the norm.

      Factors like the fact the average American lives 87% of their life indoors, another 6% in an automobile of some kind, and only has around 7% of their entire life outdoors is one of the contributing reasons why people today find it so hard to imagine living in a much smaller space. Since our homes have become where we spend most of our life.

      Fewer people also live under the same roof despite the population more than doubling. So people today also find it harder to imagine sharing spaces, never mind doing so in a smaller space than they are used to.

      Thus you see many people who successfully transition to a Tiny Living spending the majority of their time outdoors and developing much closer relationships with those they live with…

      But houses can transition from tiny to large… Starter homes used to be just that, the starting section that gets added to over time until it becomes a big house.

      And nothing is actually stopping anyone from building to any size… So the distinctions are really mostly artificial…

      People just like to think in terms of extremes and try to put things into categories even if they are basically the same…

      The actual point is to live a more efficient life where you set priorities and get rid of anything that doesn’t actually contribute to your life… Where that leaves you can be anywhere on the spectrum of possible house sizes…

    • I’ve noticed that too, as well. I find that it’s mainly some mobile home manufacturers, that have been listing their homes as “tiny homes”. I’m guessing it’s a marketing ploy…..

    • Well… Officially, the government doesn’t want Manufactured Houses associated with Tiny Houses… Since anyone can build a Tiny House but Manufactured Houses have to be built in a factory and done so under the HUD building code.

      So companies that do that are using it as a marketing ploy but most only do so with Park Models, which fall under the RV building code, which is not regulated, and thus doesn’t conflict with what the government dictates under the HUD building code.

      Though, aside from the federal requirements, Manufactured Houses can otherwise be considered a regular house just like Modular Houses. They mainly only retain a permanent chassis but otherwise are constructed as a house and typically placed on a foundation and legally recognized as a form of permanent residence.

      Unlike RV’s which are only legally recognized as recreational and not for permanent residence…

      It’s the older Mobile Houses that share a more direct link to how RV’s are constructed and were constructed before the modern HUD building code was developed…

      Though, a lot of people either don’t really understand the concept or simply want to feel accepted and part of what’s considered the cool thing.

      Boats, vans, cars, grain silos, etc… If someone is living in it, then they are likely going to want to call it a Tiny House regardless of whether it is remotely built like a house or not…

      The down side is this confuses what actually is a Tiny House and makes it harder for advocates to get the laws changed to make such options more widely available and legal to use as permanent residences…

  2. It’s cute, but my mindset has changed so much, in part thanks to you, Deek, that it seems too big and clutter-filled to me now…lol

  3. We got houses like this in Belgium all over and they’ve been built here 50-100 years ago… Yeah… Americans have been spoiled. 5he worst thing is we all wanted to go bigger and bigger too… And the tiny and small living culture has no support here at all!

    • xeentjelief I supposed the t.h. movement doesn’t get much support because living tiny or within one’s means isn’t something that needed a revival? I think that some forget that ppls around the world live within their means, or under it everyday!

  4. Love the house!! Next build I’m going small and intentional! The yard was great for small children and the tiny chicken coup was actually pleasing to look at…that’s a feat for sure! Yep loved it all!

  5. That place was dope.
    Like the Janet Jackson intro before the description of the spot. Hate we didn’t get the bathroom.

    The smaller houses are still making me question how much space do we really need? Here’s the thing, do bigger houses make you healthier? In a big house, you would have to do more work to keep it clean. And you would have to do more work to move around in it. But people that have smaller houses and apartments say that they like to spend more time outdoors. So, do bigger houses make you less likely to take advantage of the outside? And would being stuck inside be good on you mentally or physically even if you can kinda afford it financially?

    Ok, here’s another question. Did we start to break down in our society when we moved away from extended family units? A city can be great, but are the citizens happy in their own little space? Poorer people seem to be happier because they tend to stick together. They make each other happy even when they make each other miserable.

    I used to like to watch Love It or List It II. And some people were looking for spaces that included their children and their parents. And it seemed like they didn’t want to be ashamed of it, but they kinda were. As if the parents were supposed to live on their own forever. And the question is why you would expect your parents to live away from you in the first place? But more, why do you need a big ole’ house to hold a bunch of stuff you only use occasionally?

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