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See How Building a Tiny House Transformed This 70-Year-Old Architect’s Life

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About a year ago, Peter Matheson, a master architect of British Columbia, began designing tiny houses as transitional homes for the homeless, after being requested to do so for a local cold-weather shelter he volunteered at.

…But when he first began the undertaking, he was struck by what he called “incredible hypocrisy”, he wrote on Tiny House Talk, as he was living in a typical 1,200 square feet house, yet designing a 125 square feet tiny house for someone else to live in.

He immediately felt that he must build and live in one himself to learn first-hand what would be required to live in a tiny house.

Pete’s 125 Sq Ft Home - 2Courtesy of Peter Matheson via Tiny House Talk

After 7 months of construction, he’s now happily living in his very own 125 square foot home on wheels, and now feels more qualified to be designing tiny living spaces for others!

Pete in 125 Sq Ft House Living RoomCourtesy of Peter Matheson via Tiny House Talk

When it was all said & done, Peter had created a comfortable and functional tiny home, complete with a tongue and groove ceiling, post and beam construction, and cabinets, doors, and windows recycled from locally-milled timber.

Pete in Japanese Style BathtubCourtesy of Peter Matheson via Tiny House Talk

…He was even resourceful enough to make that Japanese style sitting tub out of an old chest freezer…

Chest Freezer Turned Japanese TubCourtesy of Peter Matheson via Tiny House Talk

Before setting out to design & build his tiny home, Peter gave himself 5 key design rules:

  1. No loft – it would be too cumbersome for navigating up and down at 70 years or older. Additionally, it would get too warm in the summer.
  2. No multiple-use areas that required “magic tricks” to be performed to change from one activity to another (like beds that have to fold up to make a sitting area)
  3. Maximize floor space
  4. Insulate the home as best as possible to make it more efficient and affordable.
  5. Low carbon footprint – he installed solar voltaic panels, a propane tank, and used recycled materials.

All in all, Peter ended up creating a wonderful, comfortable little home that fit all his rules, and will serve as a great experience for him to design even better homes for others in the future.

I encourage you to check out Peter’s original article at Tiny House Talk for all the other details, including floor plan, 3D perspective view, and more images of Peter’s tiny house creation!