Saskatoon

Woman shows off her 'tiny house' in Saskatoon

Are you looking to downsize? This 136 square foot home is a cost saver.

Saskatoon woman promotes eco-friendly home at Saskatchewan Living Green Expo

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      Are you looking to downsize? A Saskatoon woman says you'd be surprised at how small of a place you can live in comfortably.

      Lydia Holden built a 136 square foot home in 2012 with the help of family and friends. She said she wanted a small home because they have less impact on the environment.

      Her house has all the amenities of a larger home. She says her maintenance and utility costs are a fraction of those of a regular-sized home.

      "My waste is almost nothing. My consumption is almost nothing," Holden said. "Living like this has essentially enabled me to save enough money during the year that I can leave the country for six to eight month stretches during the winter and not have to worry about anything."

      Holden said the house can be moved easily by trailer. She said it provides a feeling of security and independence.

      "I think that this is a fantastic idea for university students. I think it would be an incredible solution to some of our housing problems and the homeless to have a trailer park of these things," Holden said.

      Holden got the plans for the house from the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company in California.

      The house is on display at the Saskatchewan Living Green Expo at Saskatoon's Prairieland Park.