Kitchener… Lets do it!

Do you want LEGAL tiny house community in Kitchener???

Well you are not alone!  In May of 2016 I was contacted by a person who works for the City of Kitchener, she let me know that this city REALLY WANTS a tiny house community to be developed. Over a hundred comments came in from people who want to make this happen.  We even had a potential investor and this fell through because no developer came forward.  While I am NOT a developer and I sure as heck don’t have money to purchase a 600K property, get it zoned, developed and so on… I certainly want to have one of these communities in this area and I would purchase a lot and build there!



Now it has been about two years and nothing is happening!

I have 700,000 people who read this blog and I ask each of you to donate $5 or $10 or whatever you can afford… DO this IF you believe that there should be a legal place for tiny housers to live.  For the cost of a Starbucks coffee you could be building a community.  If you think you would want to (and can) live in this community let me know and I will be sure that whatever you donate will be considered a deposit for your lot.

What I envision is lots size would be 25×56 feet, houses would not be allowed to be larger than a 500 square foot, footprint, plus single garage.  These houses would never be allowed to grow beyond 500 square feet.  The lots would be privately owned but people would act as a collective corporation so that all services can be incorparated.  In other words, water, sewer cable, wifi, electricity and the running of the central building,  which would have guest rooms, laundry facilites and a large meeting room would be covered by a small condo fee of less than $100 a month.  It would also cover snow and garden maintenance as well as the central building maintenance.  Each house would be on the grid connected to the central system of the central house.

You do not have to want to live here, just to believe in this as a cause!


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18 thoughts on “Kitchener… Lets do it!

  1. Cristiana Di Capua-Sbrizzi

    Hi, just wondering on any progress/updates for a tiny house community in Kitchener. We are very interested in getting updates and emails and possibly meeting with like-minded individuals about this and how to best go forward.

  2. Suzanne Othmer

    Wow I love this idea we are thinking of doing a project like this in our little town can you let me know how far you have gotten with this project. Thank you.

  3. gil snyder

    Hi Laura , Koodos to you for the time and effort you are putting into this
    I think it is an awesome idea,but a daunting task that will take a considerable amount of perseverance.
    I am in the process of building a tinyhouse on wheels.I started 1 1/2 years ago but have had many distractions, so is difficult to keep at it .Currently the cabinetry is being built and installed.
    I hadn’t yet made many inquiries as to where it can be set up and was expecting it could be set up on a rural property. My hopes are to complete it sometime before fall and get it to a more visible place where people can get into it and see how pleasant and viable this actually is through scheduled open houses.
    Keep me in the loop to know how things are progressing

  4. Michael

    Hi, I am a semi retired professional engineer and would be interested in being a developer.
    Can you contact me?
    I would very much like to work with you on this and speak to the person at the City of Kitchener that you refer to.

  5. Sorry if this doubleposts, but I had a login issue. Please let me know how we can be included in news, updates, and anything to do with the project. We really want to go small (though not utterly tiny) and will be ready to go all in as early as 2019 or 2020…and would love to stay in this area.

    • Heidi Bender

      Has anybody outside of myself talked with by-law?

      • Hi Heidi, I am sure that many people have, but I have not specifically done so. My in with the community is higher up than this – The contact is in a decision making level of government and has asked me specifically to see if I can get this moving. But I already explained this earlier, so I am pretty sure you are in some state of disbelief- which I cannot really do much to appease.

        Unfortunately, I am pretty sure that by-law won’t know about it, but I am very curious what they said. Will you share with me?

      • Heidi

        If you are higher up…whatever position that would be? then they or you should be asking them the Kitchener By-Law, as they are the care takers as to what happens in K-W.
        I tried years ago to have tiny home put into our backyard as long as it was on a trailer…Isn’t that how they are any way? But Kitchener By-Law is anal that way and will not help[ out those that are on a lower budget to live within their means.
        So if you are with those that have asked you then that must mean you are able to perhaps get things moving much quicker in K-W then those working in City Hall.
        Please keep me in the loop because I for one HAVE TO LIVE WITHIN MY MEANS of staying off the streets.
        Sincerely: Heidi

      • Hi Heidi, you misunderstood me. I am not higher up. I am an artist who lives in a tiny house. I like the lifestyle, but also, like you, I do not want to live beyond my means. As an artist I am lucky to make $10,000 a year. But my tiny house costs me a little over a thousand dollars a year to live in.
        It was a person who works higher up than the bylaw enforcement that contacted me, becuase of my tiny house following to see if Kitchener could attract a developer that is interested in building a tiny house community.
        As far as by-law enforcement making too much money, I am not sure about that. I think that all people should be given a living wage. Even artists. I currently work 12-16 hours a day, six days a week, but I am self employed and have to work hard for every penny. A home that costs me a thousand dollars a year, allows me to have a car, pay insurance, and also eat well on my tiny income.
        Of course we are on the same page. I want a tiny house community so that I can live in that area of the world. Simply put, though I am not known as an artist there, I am willing in my mid fifties to start over becuase I would like to be able to live and work closer to my spouse, children and grandchildren.
        Best to you,

      • Meg

        If one was interested in asking the Kitchener Bylaws office about tiny houses, who would they want to talk to directly and what is their contact info? I’m interested in building a tiny house in Kitchener.

  6. Gerry

    It may be difficult to keep the cost of a Tiny House tiny when developing a property according to city and provincial laws…something to consider.

    • Stand alone homes in very rough condition in the area where we are considering start at around 350K. What the objective here would be is to have beautiful tiny houses in very classical styles that start at around 50K and go upward from there depending on the finishings.

  7. Anonymous

    It may not be possible to build a community in this fashion and still keep the purchase price of a tiny house tiny – developing the land to meet the bylaws and codes may not make it attractive to a developer – something to consider.

  8. Heidi

    Hi Laura, how are you finding out about this Tiny House community that’s to happen in K-W?
    I really would like to know when this starts and how I can be a part of this, as I want a tiny house.
    Please email me as soon as this starts up.

    • I heard from a person who works for the city almost two years ago. They told me that Kitchener wants a tiny house community and is waiting for a developer to put one forward. I made this public as soon as I had the information but so far no one has come forward. I am simply sick of waiting so I hoped that I could get this going with the help of donations from my readers.

  9. Anonymous

    It’s long over due and now that there is this break through, please keep me in the loop as I so want to be apart of this community. I have been alone for over twenty years and really need to be apart of something that is at the core of so many like minded people.
    I would love to have a little piece of garden, a place where my two pups can maybe run free in a fenced yard. A Tiny House community in the city I grew up and have lived in all my life sounds amazing.
    I am so happy to hear/read about this break through…this is great news for 2018

  10. David Christen

    This is a groundbreaking idea. I am in. Just joined and will be donating.I’m also a builder and would love to be involved in helping to construct the community. Thanks David 

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

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