From Teepee to Tiny House, Calgary Man Lives Radically

Teepee to Tiny House

…Ferster designed the mini-space with the help of his girlfriend, Sydney Schwartz, who works as an intern architect, and together the pair ensured every metre of space would be as functional as possible.

The home on wheels, which measures in at 120 square feet including the loft, features a tall ceiling, a loft large enough for a queen-sized bed, several windows, a kitchen, toilet, closet and even a sitting area, with two benches that can each fold down so Ferster has enough free space to practice karate.

The abode is heated with a Dickinson Marine heater (a favourite of tiny house enthusiasts, says Ferster) and the home is powered by a single solar panel.

The toilet is similar to what Ferster used in the teepee — a thermophilic composting system, also known as a “humanure composting system,” that eliminates smell, allows for natural processing and renders human waste harmless, eventually turning it into fertilizer…

S.E. of Calgary


8 Responses to From Teepee to Tiny House, Calgary Man Lives Radically

  1. Todd says:

    Is this an extract from a longer article somewhere? I would love to read it. I notice you guys frequently don’t include links on many stories, I wish you would, or give details on where the story came from. Thanks!

  2. He should add some trim around the windows, a small detail contributing a lot!

  3. Dee says:

    Would love to see interior photos!

  4. Todd says:

    Thanks for posting the link Rick.

    Dee, there are a lot of pictures with the article including several interior shots. It took a while for them to show up at first but they did.

  5. Anon says:

    was surprised to read this, as I understood there to be problems putting a tiny home as a permanent residence in pretty much every city. this article seems to take info from the City of Calgary, Alberta, and state not…Might be good to know for folks there (and maybe elsewhere)

    There’s no rules preventing a tiny house from being erected on land in Calgary if a dwelling is permitted use for the land, building and fire codes are obeyed and permitting requirements are met.

    If a permanent tiny home was the only home on a parcel of land, it would likely be treated as a single detached dwelling and if an existing single detached dwelling was on the land, the micro abode would be treated as a secondary suite.

  6. Anon says:

    surprised to read this, seems like Tiny Homes idea is “spreading”

    Alberta family building a tiny house co-op on ‘serene, peaceful’ land near Calgary

    Ashley Baptiste and his wife live on a 1.6-hectare property near Calgary with their two children and pets. Lovingly named ‘Serenity Acres’, the land boasts mountain views, clean drinking water and a luscious garden.

    The couple want to share their property (and their relaxing country lifestyle) with others. And so, they’ve decided to build a tiny home co-op.

    Baptiste, a 32-year-old welder, posted an online ad, asking would-be tiny homeowners to get in touch. He has tiny plots available for rent and envisions a community of small homes where neighbours know each other, help one another out, and grow food in a neighbourhood garden. The Herald’s Annalise Klingbeil spoke to Baptiste about his plans for what could be Alberta’s first tiny house community.

  7. Mark says:

    Just to post an update on the Tiny House community and Serenity Acres – Ashley has started a Tiny House building business on his property and hopes in the future he will be able to continue on with the community. As of right now the cost from the municipality is too great, but with success on building them, maybe in the near future it will become a reality. Check out his site:

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