OK you caught me, I am an artist and writer and some things simply don’t interest me that much, or hardly at all. Also I like to think outside of the box, which is probably what lead me to the Tiny House Movement to begin with.
For example, my take on it is that the Ontario Building Code, is not very different from any other rule book. Kinda boring. Started originally with good intentions, like keeping people from burning to death, then it got signed on to by ever more groups, added onto over and over and over. Intuitiveness and sensible stuff gets shoved aside somewhere along the line and this rule book becomes as stagnant as the water in an old tire. Inevitably, to make any changes to this or any other rule book you have to fight like a warrior and often times with no hope.
If you clicked on the OBC link above, or if you are one of those sorts who read the rules, then you will know that the OBC book is absolutely HUGE. I have not read it. GASP! What I have done is that I have consulted with a few builder friends and relatives because chatting and planning are more fun and interesting for me. I let the people in the know tell me what I need to.
There were some steadfast things that I learned, by osmosis and through these chats, and when I was pretty sure I knew what I was talking about was pretty firm, then I called the Township office and spoke to the building inspector in February of 2011. I fortunately reached this inspector directly. I gave the inspector my address and name and began to speak.
I told the inspector that I don’t live close and that I wanted to build a 108 foot structure (on my land) for me and my dogs to stay in when I visited home. I also said that I might want to use this when and if I eventually build a home there. I was told that I can do that.
I then told the inspector that I wanted to do it in straw bale and the inspector said that 108 square feet is the maximum for the exterior measure (new news), so if I build with straw I would have only about 40 square feet left on the inside. I asked the inspector if there were any exceptions, I was told no exceptions. This is when I knew that I would have to use 2×4’s so that I would have some interior space. Oh well.
I told the inspector that I was planning on building a place which was insulated, 15 feet high and with lots of windows. The inspector said that the details like this do not matter as long as it is up to code in terms of safety and that it could not be over 15.5 feet. Good to know.
Thus Tiny House Ontario is a stick built house on a cement pad with a sort of verbal clearance from the inspector there. As far as I know this inspector has not been in but the Road’s inspector has been in and seen Tiny House Ontario because this inspector has to approve (hopefully next time around) my damn culvert. Two unsuccessful visits to date. UGH!
A recent query on here makes me worried that someone in a government suit will pull in to my land and insist that I tear down Tiny House Ontario. I truly hope that this is not the case. With nothing in writing I guess you are always vulnerable. Still I think that I did everything that I am supposed to.
As long as your tiny house is not visible from the road … or neighbours who might rat you out, you can build whatever you want. I confirmed this with the local building inspector.
A chid of mine wants me to build/move a tinyhouse on to her property. Where do I begin ? Yolande