TINY HOUSE: TINY ISLAND
240 sq ft home, on Galiano Island off the coast of Southern British Columbia. Equidistant between Vancouver and Victoria. The Tiny House was built in 2014, and I moved into it, December of that year. The space is 24 ft long by 10 ft wide, and sits on a heavy-duty flat deck trailer designed to carry 15,000 lbs.
The house was designed all on one level to accommodate my health issues, and mobility restrictions, but also with the idea of aging-in-place for able-bodied occupants, whom will also appreciate the one-level, open, and spacious design. Informed by the Japanese Wabi-Sabi aesthetic; emphasizing the beauty of nature and organic forms, including their flaws; the materials were predominantly chosen for their patinas, weathering; and their relationship to Galiano island, and it’s inhabitants. A character building, imbued with local elements!
The layout includes a 10 x 10 ft living room, off which opens the front door, with a detachable porch. The living room opens into a 3.5 x 6 ft Kitchen, and 4 x 6 ft Bathroom with hot water on demand, composting toilet, and bath/shower.
The bathroom and kitchen are separated by 2.5 x 6 ft hallway, which leads into the 8 x 10 ft bedroom.
To maximize on energy efficiency, all but one of the opening windows are on the South wall, with stepped feature-windows on both the end walls, taking advantage of as much natural light as possible.
It’s a work in progress, as health and life kinda got in the way, but living here continues to be a deeply rewarding, life-enriching, experience. In many ways it’s ideally suited to living with disabilities as everything is very close together and easy to access even on the worst of days.
One of the key factors was wanting to have somewhere that had a lot of character, and a strong aesthetic that would fit in on Galiano Island, so I chose to use post and beam features to delineated the three main areas, of the home. Wanted to be able to use as much freestanding furniture as possible, to retain the feeling of a rustic old cabin. Also, as tastes and life changes, it’s easier to adapt or remove a piece of furniture than deconstruct built in work.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about my tiny home. You can also read more about it in my Blog Posting