Woman Builds Unique Tiny House for Affordable City Living – Tour & Interview

June 23, 2021 Off By admin

After finishing grad school, Sam Gambling decided that a tiny house would be a perfect fit for her lifestyle. She wanted to remain in Vancouver, BC to be near work, family and friends; but the cost of living in the city was incredibly high. She also wanted to be able to work a not-for-profit job without worrying if she’d have enough money for rent each month. Last but not least, tiny houses were a housing solution that fit well with her environmental sustainability values.

She knew tiny houses weren’t legal in the city, but she went ahead and hired a builder, and began construction on her tiny house in 2016 anyway. After a few months, she realized that it was harder than she thought to find an urban parking spot for a tiny house. She did receive many offers to park her tiny house in rural areas though.

After meeting other people in the tiny house world who were encountering the same issue, she co-founded the BC Tiny House Collective with Anastasia Koutalianos to try and legalize and legitimize tiny houses in the province of British Columbia, and in Metro Vancouver.

The two women are working with partners and volunteers to do research, outreach, consultations, tiny house builds, and pilot projects to make tiny houses legal.

BC Tiny House Collective:

For the time being, Sam isn’t living in her tiny house. She’s waiting for a pilot project opportunity so that she can legally live in her home.

The tiny house is 10 feet wide, and was built using some reclaimed materials for things like the trim and the cork flooring.

The house is designed to collect rainwater for landscaping and gardening, it has a vermi-composting toilet, full kitchen with a propane stove, two electric heaters, and a 120 Volt extension cord to power the house.

We know there will probably be questions about the conveyor belt toilet! It’s sold by Toilet Tech Solutions and you can find out more about it here:

We hope you enjoy the full tour of Sam’s house on wheels even though it isn’t completely finished yet 🙂

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

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