Woman’s Experience Living in a Tiny House Long Term – Is It Right for You?

She built her with the help of a contractor and the whole project, including labor, cost approximately $36,000 CAD (although the roof still needs be shingled). The is currently parked in a suburb of Montreal, Canada but with a little bit of work (i.e. taking down a portion of the backyard fencing), the house could be moved almost anywhere.

Watch our interview and tour with Natalie find how she adapted a Tumbleweed plan withstand extreme winter weather, how living in a has given her more financial security, and why this is the house she wants to in for the rest of her life.

Natalie blogged about her tiny house building process here:
https://tinyrefuge.wordpress.com

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

43 Comments

  1. They did a super job on this tiny house.
    I really like Natalie’s attitude and philosophy.
    It seems the only drawback to tiny houses like this is finding a place to
    set them up. Having rural or semi rural land of your own to set up on would
    be ideal. Climate would also play a large part in the design.
    If you get a chance to visit New Mexico, you should check out the Taos
    Earthship Community outside of Taos. Truly amazing. Also, I have friends in
    southern Brewster County, Texas who are living off-grid in innovative tiny
    homes. If you ever get down that way, I can give you some contacts. The
    climate challenges in far southwest Texas are much different than in
    Quebec.
    Thanks for another interesting and informative video.
    Good Vibrations

  2. It looks cool, but I don’t understand how she can say she has space for her
    child. At least I can’t imagine going up and down that latter through the
    whole pregnancy and pospartum period.

  3. Once again, truly inspiring 🙂 I would love for you guys to give us a more
    personal and mundane glimpse of your journey as well. Just the everyday of
    it. There is something really soothing and warm in the way you see and
    present life, and I just miss it on a more regular basis. I see your
    concept of the videos is different and the quality of the videos is great,
    but it would be so nice to see you vlogging 🙂 Ahg, I’m not even sure what
    I wanted to say… Main idea: you’re cool!

  4. …(pssst)…its a re-invented camper. Actually, it is a trailer camper.
    Being honest about it doesn’t take away from its utility nor its appeal.
    Absolutely sweet.

  5. Sorry, but I don’t find her heating solution to be very sustainable. She
    heats her house with propane… not exactly renewable or large scale
    acceptable. Even if everyone downsized to tiny homes and propane, we’d have
    CO2 emissions and shortage of fuel at some point….

  6. She is still connected to the grid. Uses the electricity and propane gas.
    No veggie garden. Water runs from other house. She rents the space. In
    short she is not independent.

  7. I want to build a tiny home but I don’t want to go to a company that has
    the same “box” style. I want to look for a designer will add a personal
    style to the home.

    any ideas?

  8. Thinking of building something like that for my daughter when she’s older
    and decides to move out… into the backyard! Great alternative to living
    in a crappy appartment.

  9. Thank you for allowing us to benefit from your experience! I’ve always been
    curious about the subjects you addressed such as radiant floor heat, air
    exchangers, etc.

  10. My only hangup is the fact that so many of these tiny houses (which I’m a
    big fan of) are attached to some ‘normal’ property that affords them some
    assistance, whether it be the electric, water or even the land ownership.
    Would love to see more of the true ‘stand alone’ tiny house. That is not
    near as easy to achieve as having that great friend or family member’s back
    yard.

  11. A great tiny home tour and interview! I missed seeing Mat and Danielle,
    though. I’d much rather watch of video of you two discussing your lives and
    strategies for minimalist living. 🙂 Even if you don’t have anything new to
    add, I like hearing from you guys and seeing that adventures (good and bad)
    you’re having.

  12. Not sure why she wouldnt do a winterized water hose instead of carrying her
    water during the winter.

    Funny thing here in Vancouver, the city has decided last week that 250
    square feet is too small of a space for a person to live in and is now
    making a fellow who built it get rid of it.

  13. I love that you put these kinds of videos out! it makes my heart warm
    knowing people live like this! hopefully one day I can too!

  14. average house prices in toronto, on is close to $600k and the weather sucks
    half the year. people really need to opt out and start living simple .

  15. Love the natural look of the clapboards on the outside. She has a lot of
    ‘extras’ – which is why it must have cost more…because $36k CAD is still
    more than you HAVE to spend on a tiny home. The more I see these videos
    (from any channel) the more I’m convinced that I’d rather build the shell
    and finish it while living in it – to get the quality I want…get one
    sooner than later. This house is really nice – very nicely done but I think
    it can be done much cheaper.

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