Advocates for tiny homes in Vancouver hoped to convert more people to the minimalist movement by building an eight metre-long house on wheels from scratch at an event Saturday.

"We are for sustainable, well-built, well-designed, safe, dignified homes and tiny houses fit into that category," said B.C. Tiny House Collective founders Anastasia Koutalianos and Samantha Gambling at Science World, where the house was built in one day.

Tiny homes are often between 200 and 400 square feet and have wheels so they can be moved. Despite their small size, they have most of the common comforts of regular homes, and look the part, only smaller.

20 second tour of a tiny home in Vancouver0:22

However, the structures aren't part of Vancouver's housing stock just yet because city bylaws don't allow for them due to their size, wheels and sometimes other features such as composting toilets.

"Small doesn't have to be inherently bad," said Koutalianos. "I think cities need to start taking notice that not everyone wants to be living in a condo and some people want to own and this is an option for affordable home ownership."

Tiny House Collective co-founders Samantha Gambling Anatasia Koutalianos

Samantha Gambling, left, and Anatasia Koutalianos co-founded Vancouver's Tiny House Collective. 'Like, what do you really need to be content?' asks Gambling. (Mike Zimmer/CBC)

She and Gambling say the homes cost between $10,000 and more than $100,000.

Two homes were on display on Saturday, along with the one that was built using reclaimed materials.

Koutalianos and Gambling say tiny homes are permitted in U.S. cities like Portland and Seattle and they hope showing off the homes will create new advocates for them in B.C.

"Building tall and wide works in some places, but it doesn't work everywhere and we're looking at innovative ways to densify existing neighbourhoods," said Koutalianos.

with files from Mike Zimmer.


  • An earlier version of this story said a tiny home costs between $35,000 and $150,000. In fact, the range is estimated between $10,000 and more than $100,000.
    May 21, 2017 1:38 PM PT