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Tiny Homes Make Moves North of the Border

May 22nd, 2017 Comments off

A Mini Homes of Manitoba home. Credit: MetroNews.

In Manitoba, Canada, a company called Mini Homes of Manitoba has been working for nearly two years to make tiny home living legal in the province

According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the goal for company co-founders Anita Munn and her husband, Darrell Manuliak, is to start a tiny home village by teaming up with a group to purchase land with enough interest.

A lot of municipalities are more welcoming to tiny homes, off the wheels and on a foundation,” said Munn, during a meeting at the company’s offices last week.

Then it’s just a matter of applying for a variance on their zoning requirements.”

Munn and Manuliak say they have sold seven tiny homes in the last two years, and have five more currently under construction.


Anita Munn and Darrell Manuliak. Credit: CBC.

This is not for everyone. There are still people who want a large home, but more and more people are finding they don’t need as much space,” said Munn.

Representatives from Tiny House Festival Foundation, a Vancouver non-profit, were also in attendance at the meeting, and shared additional details on why they believe tiny homes are a solution.

In Vancouver, we’re looking at a situation where the housing crisis is in full swing, and a lot of people are investigating this as an affordable option,” said foundation co-founder Lisa Chessari.

That’s not to say there isn’t a world of difference between a crowded city squeezed between the ocean and mountains on the Pacific coast and Canada’s endless heartland in big sky country. But affordability, sustainability are driving the concept forward.”

For local resident Deborah Lavallier, who owns several acres of land, she likes the concept of creating a community.

I like the idea of like-minded people living together. We could have a community. The land is right on the river — we could have docks, canoes, kayaks, a gazebo, a barbecue. And you’re 10 minutes from the city,” said Lavallier.


Anita Munn checks out one of the tiny homes. Credit: CBC.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, so called “tiny homes” face an uphill battle, as zoning laws vary widely. And, some potential customers also see challenges in making it work.

We’re looking at downsizing, and we’re looking at tiny homes, but not this tiny,” said Don Magnussen, who was looking at one of Mini Homes of Manitoba’s 342 square foot units.

Maybe 500 to 600 square feet, but we don’t have the land. The problem is finding a place to put these homes.”


Why Manufactured Housing Wins


While “tiny homes” may be all the rage, people like Don Magnussen are finding that the real value is in a tried and true model.

Unlike tiny homes, which are still struggling with state and local regulations, buyers of manufactured homes generally avoid building code and zoning issues. In Washington State, a law passed in 2005 prevents cities from discriminating against manufactured homes, which has helped to break stereotypes.

Manufactured homes are built to a national code that ensures homes meet basic structural, safety and energy standards,” said Craig Sedlacek, the program manager for the Factory Assembled Structures program at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. The organization conducts building inspections for manufactured homes.

There’s no real definition for a tiny home. It might be built to a local code, a recreational vehicle (RV) code or no code at all. It’s important for buyers to understand what standards a home is built to before they buy it.”

MHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the “tiny home” movement extensively, including the potential for big legal trouble for owners and a detailed side-by-side comparison with manufactured homes, highlighting function and value versus fashion. ##


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Fisher River Cree Seek to Build Own Modular Homes

June 14th, 2016 Comments off

canadian modular   stuart gradon  calgary herald  great plains modular housing for flood victimsAs a means to provide more housing for First Nation peoples in Manitoba and teach them a saleable skill, Fisher River Cree Nation Chief David Crate is lobbying the federal government in Ottawa, Canada to fund a program teaching residents home construction and home maintenance.

The proposal includes partnering with modular workforce housing builder Atco Sustainable Communities, Inc., to construct a training center in Fisher River for training, with the end goal of the workers building modular homes to be shipped to their own communities for siting. Fisher River is a little over 100 miles north of Winnipeg.

Fisher River and Atco already have resources for the training center, but are seeking funding for the training, which they say will require about 40 instructors, adding, the first year of building they anticipate 150 new modular homes, according to winnipegfreepress.

MHProNews understands nearly one-third of Manitoba’s indigenous people live in substandard housing. Crate said his community alone needs 200 new homes, but it may receive only ten this year. ##

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High Demand for Manufactured Homes in Manitoba, but limited spaces in MH Communities

August 23rd, 2013 Comments off

credit-cbc-news-Demand for Canada’s version of manufactured housing is rising rapidly in Manitoba, at the very time spaces in provincial land lease communities are scarce. With single family home sales in the region averaging $285,000, a new manufactured home in Manitoba for $115,000 looks very reasonable. So it is no surprise that sales rose 11% in 2012 over 2012, and sales are up some 20% in 2013 over 2012. However, the sad reality of the impact of rent control measures are playing out here in a dramatic fashion. Manufactured home community (MHC) owners are limited in their options for development due to laws that place a 1% annual caps on rate increases. Choking off return on investment options for MHC owners causes some to sell their property for other uses, which then displaces residents who are unable to find a space in another land lease MH Community. One such community is Kingsway Kort in Brandon, where resident Colleen Weisbrodt is one of 140 households forced to move due to the park’s closure. Weisbrodt can’t find a vacancy in another community, which Glendale MHC owner Kenny Choy, explains to CBC News is common. Choy’s community has 230 home sites on 30 acres of land and has been full for 10 years. Current law creates disincentives to develop, in spite of the market demand for affordable manufactured homes. ##

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Modular Designer begins in U. S., Flourishes in Canada

July 4th, 2013 Comments off

Hive Modular of Minneapolis suffered mightily during the recession, but the company has been growing in Canada, enough to have three locations: Altona in Manitoba, Toronto, and one will be set to the east in Quebec. Hive started as a “night job” in 2005 by Paul Stankey and two friends, and has produced 25 custom homes. As MHProNews reported Sept. 21, 2012, a highly energy efficient, 2,075 square foot green house with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths was sited in Calgary for around $160 a foot. Hive offers custom made modulars to fit lot sizes and conditions, and the modules arrive on site complete: Painted drywall, electricals, fireplace, flooring, windows and kitchen. One feature offered by Hive is Plyboo cabinets—plywood-like material but made from bamboo with exposed edges that resemble marquetry. According to the globeandmail, one customer says, “You’d start getting pictures and half your house was built.”

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First Nation flood victims looking to modular homes solution

September 16th, 2011 Comments off

adrian-sinclair-st martin chief CBCNewsCBCNews reports that flood evacuees from the Lake St. Martin First Nation in Manitoba band officials are in talks towards establishing a temporary village to call home.  Around 700 Lake St. Martin residents have been living in Winnipeg hotels since May, when they were evacuated from their reserve due to severe flooding.  Lake St. Martin Chief Adrian Sinclair met with Manitoba Housing about having modular homes set up on an old radar base just off Highway 6 near Gypsumville, Manitoba. “They’re kind of stressed out by the city life and the (limited hotel) space, they’re anxious to go back,” Sinclair said. With no other option being proposed by Ottawa at this time, Sinclair said he jumped at the chance to work with Manitoba Housing.

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