This Could Be the Perfect Size for a Tiny House! Full Tour & Interview

What do you think of this 480 square foot tiny house? Full tour and interview with Maxime, who built and lives in the house with his girlfriend.

We asked Maxime why he chose to build a house this size, how he found a legal place to put it, and what it’s like now that he’s lived in the house for over a year.

We love that Maxime’s house has low energy needs because it’s a small home with a passive solar design, extra insulation, triple glazed windows, and in-floor radiant heating.

He has a well for fresh water, a septic system for waste water, and he’s hooked up to a municipal power grid. He says that with his design and low energy needs, it wasn’t necessary to invest in solar, although that’s not always the case with every home.

We love tiny homes on wheels, but we also love that this one is just a bit bigger and by being on a foundation, helps eliminate some of the issues with tiny houses on trailers, notably, the plumbing issue. Drain pipes and water intakes are less likely to freeze in our cold Canadian winters.

This house seems like a very sustainable, long-term housing solution for single people or couples who don’t need tons of extra space.

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle



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46 Replies to “This Could Be the Perfect Size for a Tiny House! Full Tour & Interview”

  1. MOOSE117

    Thanks for the great comments everybody! I'll try to answer most questions:

    Cost: About 100 000$ with the land, well, septic tank etc, I could have done it for cheaper but I chose some materials that could be considered luxury or things like heated floors, more insulation. For me that price was not an issue and I wanted something really comfortable!

    Plans: I did a video:

    (explanations in french but you'll get it!) that shows pretty much what I wanted to do. I did some minor changes to the final plan but you can recreate it with Google Sketchup. Just practice a couple of hours and you'll be able to create your own vision. I brought my plan to a technician and it cost me 400$ so your plans shouldn't be expensive…

    If we have children: I'm juste gonna sell the house and build something bigger but still with the same vision of aesthetics and functionnality. I think a house like that is easy to sell and is great for a young or old couple 🙂

  2. Eric Thibault

    Salut, Maxime, quelle municipalité accepte ce type de résidence ? Je vous félicite ta blonde et toi pour cette réalisation ! Je suis à regarder toutes les possibilités de plan possible. J'aimerais bien reproduire ce plan. Svp, me contacter afin de pouvoir obtenir les plans sur sketchup. De plus, j'ai des questions pour la fosse septique et le puits artésien. Je cherche des fournisseurs ainsi que les prix pour le même type d'installation que vous. Bref, encore félicitation, vous êtes des champions 🙂 !


    So nice to see a tiny house built on a foundation. I am tired of all the trailers. You aren't really building security for yourself if you don't own the land. More stories like this please.

  4. northofyou33

    I have always wondered why a tiny house couldn't be 500 or 600 sf. That's still considerably smaller than the typical house, but offers enough space so you don't feel claustrophobic. I could never live in a 200 sf space.

  5. Susan Rose

    Definitely love the idea of a house this size. I've always been fascinated by people who can make it work in 200-sq.-ft houses, but I consider them fringe (with all respect). I'd much rather have a small house, ideally 400-600 sq.-ft, so that I don't have to shed all my belongings or "murphy bed" my dining table. This design wouldn't be my ideal (lovely nonetheless), but it's so very cool that this movement allows all of us to finally have homes that fit us instead of adapting ourselves to someone else's vision.

  6. Mark Harris

    Very impressive vision, design, planning, and execution. I like this much better than a wheeled tiny home. I would love to see more houses in the 450-to-1,000 sf range featured.

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