Gabriel from Habitations MicroÉvolution welcomed us into his self-built tiny home this summer to show us around and tell us about his tiny house lifestyle so that we could share it with you in our latest video.
He completed his Masters in Environmental Management and quickly became passionate about green building and the positive impact that sustainable buildings could have on the environment.
He wanted to put into practice the idea that living in a smaller space requires fewer resources to build and maintain, so in 2014 he built himself a beautiful tiny house. He also started the first tiny house company in Quebec to help others live their tiny house dreams.
One of our favourite things about his tiny house is that he installed a ton of solar power (750 Watts) on the roof to power his electronics and appliances, including a full-sized fridge.
He also installed a solar air heating panel on the outside of his house, which is his primary source of heat during the day. At night, he uses an electric heater that is plugged into the grid. With this setup, he’s been able to heat his house for a whole winter for only $100. Amazing, right?
*We filmed a video about the new model of this solar air heating panel with EcoSolaris which we’ll be posting soon. Stay tuned!
His tiny house is parked in his family’s backyard in a Montreal suburb where the neighbours are open and accepting of the tiny home, and the municipality tolerates it (tiny houses fall into a kind of grey zone in many by-laws so legality/acceptance of a tiny house can depend on the neighbours and on the openness of local officials).
Take a tour of the tiny house and learn more about it: