In Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, the real estate market is far from approachable. And that dream of owning some sprawling, Instagram-worthy, red-brick century-home just isn’t in the cards for a lot of us. But you know what? That’s totally okay, because this latest design craze has us swooning over small things.
Cue the tiny house movement.
From eco-friendly abodes, to small structures that allow you to live cozy-close to your bae and even rolling houses that redefine “mobile homes,” a smaller-than-average space doesn’t have to feel, well, small. In fact, there are some seriously lust-worthy properties out there. Famous architects like Renzo Piano, Matt Garcia, and Jennifer Helgesson are even getting onboard, dreaming up fantastic micro living spaces.
Peek inside these tiny homes and forget about that big Barbie doll house you thought you wanted. Less grass to cut and less kitchen counter to wipe. Nope, bigger isn’t better anymore.
14 adorable tiny homes we’re completely obsessed with
Big meets smallThis home by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design may be sitting pretty on a five-acre property north of Portland, but the footprint is modest: just 540-square-feet. And while we love the use of reclaimed materials inside, it's the mossy green roof that has our face looking like the heart-eyed emoji. Lincoln Barbour
Au naturalUsing chemical-free building materials (why isn't every home built like that!?), these pods can be mixed and matched to make various layouts, which is pretty darn cool. They start around $84,000, or basically the tax on a Vancouver home. Greenwood Development
Roll away homeTimber Craft makes pint-sized homes on wheels. Each one is pretty much built like a trailer, so if you want to wake up next to a lake, let it be so! Home is where you park it, after all.Timber Craft Tiny Homes
Bestie rowFour couples (who are friends…for now) enlisted architect Matt Garcia to build the ultimate contemporary quarters—a group of tiny homes that share one plot of land. Adorable as these homes—known as Llano Exit Strategy—are, we just hope the bffs don't get in a fight… talk about #awkwardmoment.Bill Sallans
Make every inch countBuilt by a group of students from Vermont's Green Mountain College, this tiny space makes a statement with its stained-glass-like exterior. Inside, an indoor composting toilet and a rainwater collection system are packed neatly into 78-square-feet. Green Mountain College
Famous facesMeet world-renowned architect Renzo Piano's micro home, equipped with enough solar panels to generate electricity for the house year-round. This property is located on the Vitra campus (a forward-thinking, Swiss-based design company) and is one of many boundary-pushing buildings on Vitra soil.Vitra
A taste of SpainThe ÁPH80 is 290-square-feet of awesome. Surprisingly, there are three separate living spaces inside, and the floor-to ceiling-windows make it feel oh-so airy. Let's read books forever in here, plz.Ábaton
Pod centralThis tiny home, coined Pod Idladla, is modular and can be clustered together with other tiny homes to create a larger space. So, if baby number two unexpectedly comes along, well, you can scale. It's like Lego, but with homes. Pod Idladla
Keep it lightIt's all about the colour scheme for a lot of theses mini spaces. By installing three skylights and utilizing light-coloured hues throughout, owners Patrick and Sarah Romero were able to create a spacious feel in their cozy abode that sleeps four. Patrick and Sarah Romero
A family heirloomIn an attempt to bridge the gap between small and luxury living, a group of pals created the perfect contemporary portable house—just 180-square-feet—with touches of warmth you'd expect to find at a summer cottage. Tiny Heirloom
Poppin' topsTiny homes typically contain a handful of clever storage nooks and crannies, and this micro space is no exception--the bedroom television pops out of a sleek panel that's been built into the wall.Steve Niedorf/ESCAPE
Don't call it a trailerStructural Spaces designs micro homes that are “for people looking to become home owners, but not necessarily property owners." Cool, right? This one, for example, is tucked on Hornby Island in British Columbia at Middle Mountain Meed Farm. Structural Spaces
Connect the dotsThis trio of teensy summer homes is spaced along the rocky coastline of Maine. Each one is connected by an outdoor deck, and they all come with a seriously stunning view that can be easily enjoyed through floor-to-ceiling windows.Trent Bell, GO Logic
See right through youThis translucent little gem sits in the dry Arizona desert. It's main purpose? Protect its inhabitants from the harsh weather. There's a thing as too much sun, ya know. Flickr/Nicolás Boullosa