Mike and I have lived in a lot of places including 3 countries (that's together because it's more individually) which has included various forms of housing from apartments, very old houses, a new house, basement suite, laneway house and currently a condo. There have been pros and cons with all of them and it has made us more confident in what we want and more importantly need.
We have always been interested in TV shows about renovations, buying/selling homes and when we moved to Canada, we learned about tiny houses and tiny living. With the prices on the housing market being already very high in Vancouver and surrounding areas, and they have kept increasing since we moved here, we knew it would be near impossible for us to ever afford our own home. We started looking into tiny houses and to see if it's even feasible with a cat and a dog plus how much extra we would need for land and hooking up utilities. It's far from straight forward and from speaking to a realtor, the cost could quickly run up.We put it on hold for a bit; also because we didn't think it would be feasible with Felix as often in tiny houses, the sleeping area is in the loft with either a ladder or not easily accessible steps for a dachshund.
In May of this year we were on the Sunshine Coast visiting family and we nipped out to see a friend of ours. She told us about these modular homes being built on the coast (Thank you Megan! We owe you and Tom a nice dinner when we have moved in ;) ) and we looked it up when we got home. They were just perfect for us! Normally you would buy the house and you would provide the land but they are building a little community in Gibsons, where you get the land, the house and utilities included in the sales price. We contacted the company to get more details and a couple of weeks later, we went to check out one of the houses. We loved everything about it. It's a little bigger than a tiny house and it's all on one floor. It has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen and living room in one. The lot we chose will have a garden with a deck so we can start growing our own herbs and vegetables.
The house is built in the factory in two pieces and put together on the land. We get to chose kitchen cabinets colours, flooring and there are some upgrades we are able to decide on as well. The community will consist of 8 of these houses so we are very excited to see who else will be moving in!
We have already started looking at storage options as well as furniture options to fit our soon to be small home. We have so many ideas already and can't wait to get moved and get started, so expect to see some posts about small house living soon :)