Retired Couple's Super Custom Zero Waste Tiny House – Full Tour & Interview

This 300 square foot zero waste tiny house was custom-built for a newly retired couple. It has a massive rooftop deck to create some extra outdoor living space, and it has a unique floor plan that includes a raised living room with a view, and two reverse lofts that eliminate the need for ladders.

You can follow and find out more about Buddy and Barb’s adventures here:

Buddy and Barb are an inspiring waste-conscious couple with some impressive accomplishments. For nearly 20 years they ran the award-winning Gibson’s Recycling Depot where they worked to recycle and divert waste from the landfill, and in 2017 they also did the Bolt Across Canada road trip where they drove across the country in an electric vehicle while creating zero waste on the road. So it’s no surprise that their tiny house project incorporates zero waste principles like conserving resources and reducing waste.

The home is well insulated and it has triple glazed windows so it requires less energy to heat and cool, it has fixtures like a waterless urinal and a sink toilet combo to reduce water use, it has a built-in charging station for an electric car, and it has an indoor composting set up to reduce the amount of household waste they send to the landfill. They also used reclaimed materials throughout the house when they could.

The tiny house was built by Hummingbird Micro Homes

The pull-out sofa in their living room is from Expand Furniture:

The indoor composter is from Food Cycler:

The charging stations they used across Canada are from Sun Country Highway:

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle




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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.

Editing Credits:
Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives

Filming Credits:
Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives

Photo Credits:
Additional photos provided by Buddy and Barb from Zero Waste Tiny Home

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21 Replies to “Retired Couple's Super Custom Zero Waste Tiny House – Full Tour & Interview”

  1. Lyndsay Beck

    Love what you are all about and enjoy your channel. Could you recommend a good Video Editor program suitable for You Tube?

  2. Edith P.

    I would have made the area where the stove / bar is into the bedroom. There comes a point in the aging process where you don’t want to crawl on your hands and knees to reach your bed.

  3. Gen Smiley

    Wow. I love everything about this and them!! Can they please come over to Ontario and help communities build a zero or low-waste tiny house village here? 🙂

  4. Tochi Mex

    You have a piece of the Commodore Ballroom? …. oh my what memories …. does it sometimes keep you awake at night …. ? That floor had a life of its own I seem to remember!!! (Fabulous video … I wish I could like it more than once … thank you!)

  5. Alison massina

    Interesting home, not really zero waste, lots of sustainable options though, do they have solar? Do they collect their own rainwater and use it inside the house, and what do they do with the grey water as it going down the drain is not really zero waste.
    Even switching power tools etc to battery I wonder what the energy etc is in making the batteries and tools in the warehouse is it better than standard tools that use fuel. I’ve seen a lot of tiny homes and the bedroom underneath is interesting. Even getting a toilet from Australia has a lot of transport fuel? So I’m not sold on zero waste however I like the compost bin under the bench idea. They are trying to make a difference which is great 👍

  6. Eric Siebert

    Meh, that bedroom coffin is terrible, they may be eco hippies but it sure seems like a miserable lifestyle they chose.

  7. Ruth H

    Great intentions, but not nearly enough water for fighting fires. They should not rely on that IBC tank in an emergency

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