Living large in a tiny home and customizing it according to your wants is what it’s all about. The exact type of tiny home you have ultimately comes down to you and your preferences. As one of the more unique living arrangements out there, there are no rules when it comes to what you need to have in there – outside of federal or provincial regulation. There’s no cookie-cutter tiny home floor plan you need to abide by. If you want to go with a previously selected template, there’s plenty out there but you always have the opportunity to customize.

In this day and age, being able to customize and/or renovate a property is important to homeowners. It gives them a chance to build in equipment, rooms, and facilities that a home may not already naturally have. The days of formulaic suburban homes are out and trendy customizations are in. As a tiny home builder, we actively encourage our customers to select changes to personalize their tiny home to themselves. There’s no shortage of semi-detached, single-family homes, condos, and townhouses out there that all look and feel the same. Especially in cities like Vancouver and Toronto, where they’re trying to build as quickly as possible, there’s a lot of duplication happening across units far and wide.

Instead of walking the same line as everybody else, create a version of a home on your own terms. Thankfully, with a tiny home, it’s usually a lot less expensive than it would be if you had to do the same in a larger building. In a tiny home, you get to design a home distinct to you. Contrast the colours and aesthetics you want, mixing in simple, modern contemporary elements that reflect what you want. No tiny home should just be a box you live in. We want more! Take the opportunity to really give some thought to what design elements resonate with you.

Outside of the tiny home community, there may be a lot of misunderstandings and a lack of support from family towards you moving into a tiny home. Although the acceptance of tiny homes has come a long way in the last decade, there’s still a category of people who don’t understand how someone could live in such a tiny space. To these people though, we would like to refer them to the thousands of Canadians already living in these spaces. They’ve helped families save up enough money to eventually get into a semi-detached or fully detached property. They’ve given shelter to the homeless and the low-income. They’ve also provided affordable housing to a number of individuals who wouldn’t be able to otherwise afford it.

Tiny homes aren’t cookie-cutter homes and they’re not meant for cookie-cutter people. No home looks identical to the one built next or before. In a tiny home, you could very well design something that no one else has. Choose where you want your ample storage space, decide what you want to hang on the wall and where, identify where you need your electrical outlets, and make your statement! For anyone working with a template, don’t hesitate to make suggestions, requests, or recommendations.