Tiny houses can be linked together
November 13, 2019
A Vancouver company is selling tiny, pre-fabricated homes that can be “stitched together” to meet minimum size requirements in the city and help alleviate the affordable housing shortage, according to Ian Kent, founder and president of Nomad Micro Homes.
The small two-storey houses measure about 180 square feet, while a City of Vancouver zoning bylaw restricts the minimum size of a dwelling unit to 398 square feet. There are allowances for micro-suites of 320 square feet in specific areas of the city, and as small as 250 square feet for social housing units in the troubled Downtown Eastside.
Nomad’s The Cube units are modular components.
“They can be stitched together,” Kent said, to create larger living spaces. Kent added that Nomad plans to introduce a larger version of The Cube in 2020 that would meet city zoning. He envisions these units could serve as a secondary laneway house on existing single-family lots for rental income.
The Cube homes are currently being sold on Amazon for $49,000.
Nomad sources materials and packages the homes in Vancouver. The homes are constructed of insulated steel panels and are flat-packed and assembled by the owner, or by a contractor. “It’s like IKEA furniture,” Kent explained.
The homes would require appliances, a heating system or hot water heater (which are not included), and plumbing and electrical hookups.
Land is not included, unfortunately. A typical residential building lot in Vancouver has an average price of more than $900,000.