After paying high rent for houses in the Yukon, Laird Herbert decided to dive into the tiny house movement.
Laird Herbert is a college instructor from British Columbia who now teaches in a remote area of Canada’s Yukon Territory. After paying large amounts to rent homes in the area he decided to make a change and design himself the first of his version of a tiny house.
After designing, building, and living in three different versions of his Leaf House trailer in the last five years, he has finally settled on a great design. His current version is a 16-foot-long, 97-square-foot home that weighs 5,000 pounds and is completely portable. It is complete with a sleeping area, bathroom, and kitchen.
It is also super insulated with vacuum panels, quad pane windows, and high efficiency heaters. A heat-recovery ventilator heats cold air being drawn into the home from the outside to help keep utility bills at a minimum as well.
“We’re kind of unique in that, in Canada, a lot of the norther territories get a lot of cash from out federal government, so there’s a lot of good jobs, housing prices are pretty expensive, and rent is often really high,” Herbert said.
“I’d been in the territory a few years and had been paying really high rent for pretty shoddy northern housing. I had construction experience and I decided that, instead of putting all this money into rent, I’d try to build a tiny house and see where it went from there.”
Moving from a house into a tiny house isn’t the easiest transition to make, but Herbert seems happy with it. He says, besides the obvious room issues, you have this really small romantic space, you don’t need a lot of stuff, and you can pack and move very quickly.
You can get one of these tiny houses from Herbert’s company, Leaf House, for around $26,000- $50,000. He builds every house himself which can take four to six months at a time. He isn’t taking any new orders anytime soon due to his current couple-year waiting list, but you can purchase his designs to build you own for $150.
All photos courtesy of Leaf House