The decision to buy a home can be stressful and overwhelming. Do you buy a property with a ton of space or do you focus on living a more minimalistic lifestyle? If you think that less is more, the tiny house movement might be the solution. The tiny home trend has taken Canada by storm and Manitoba is on board for the custom-built homes that come in under 500 square feet. In fact, due to the recent spike in popularity, tiny houses are currently forcing a change to old bylaws and zoning in municipalities across the province, making it easier to live and own small homes in Manitoba.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t proceed without caution. In December of 2017, a CBC investigation found that a Manitoba-based tiny home builder had multiple customer complaints stating they had paid for their tiny houses, yet did not receive the custom builds. The company, Mini-Homes of Manitoba, was hired to build homes on the Manitoba First Nations but has since been pulled from the project due to non-delivery. The company is still in front of the courts in relation to non-payment of material to vendors and non-delivery of homes.
A heartbreaking situation, it’s a stark reminder that although the houses may be tiny, they are still a substantial investment. Be sure to always do your research before buying any property — big or small.
If you like the idea of living in a tiny house, but you’re not sure where to start, here are five tiny homes that are currently for sale in Manitoba (as of February 27, 2018).
1. Winnipeg, Manitoba
This one bedroom, one bathroom residence is perfect for anyone who is looking to buy their first home. The house covers 10 x 36 feet, and it was built last year with brand new appliances. The tiny home also has a fairly sizeable outdoor deck space that is perfect for BBQs and relaxing.
2. Traverse Bay, Manitoba
Cost: Contact for price
If you’re as excited about tiny homes as this person, you might want to consider this micro town found in Traverse Bay, Manitoba. The 100 acres of land holds unique properties that are for sale and is seeking new tiny home lovers to come and join the party. The dream is to have a community filled with tiny homes of all different shapes, sizes and colours. If you are interested in creating a personalized tiny home within a tiny house village, this is the perfect place for you.
Cost: $9,450 to $10,250
This stunning tiny home from the Canadian builders at Mint Tiny Homes is sure to impress anyone who likes to make the best use of a small space. The fantastic custom builders offer a variety of options for properties that have a wonderful exterior with bright lights, French doors and a 110-volt power outlet that is wrapped in a waterproof casing. There is also an exterior storage compartment and panelled cedar siding, making the outside space both practical and stylish.
4. St. Malo, Manitoba
This beautiful home is located in St. Malo, Manitoba, which is just 70 km south of The Forks near Winnipeg. Known for being a provincial recreational park, St. Malo has tons of fun activities aside from this adorable tiny home located on a big lot. Different from most tiny homes on the market, this property is nestled within two acres of land, which include a large storage shed and a stunning lake — the perfect tiny home for anyone who loves the outdoors. The inside of the home does require finishing, but for the right buyer, it will be well worth the work.
Cost: $8,500 to $24,000
The Tiny House Construction Company is a Canada-wide custom tiny home building organization that is well-known for their three popular models. The partially built homes can be customized to suit the buyer’s needs while eliminating the building process completely and still have the option to design and create the perfect indoor layout for your little home dreams. You can also upgrade the home and make it slightly bigger to accommodate visitors or a small family.
All of these tiny homes are beautiful – but which is your favourite? Do you prefer the idea of living in a customized tiny home village, or would you prefer an ultra-modern home that you can move around Manitoba?