Comox Valley builder of tiny homes says interest is increasing

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WatchComox Valley builder of tiny homes says he's built 15 in the last 4 years but could build that many next year alone as interest rises.

Brad Penney moved to the Comox Valley and started Big Living Tiny Homes four years ago after being a builder in Alberta.

He now sells eight different models ranging in size from 180 to 550 square feet. Prices range from $45,000 to $75,000.

“This one is our biggest model,” Penney said during a tour Thursday. “This one’s 34 feet long and about 11 feet wide. You’ve got a full kitchen, a big set of stairs, this is your living room where you can fit a little sectional couch and a dining area.”

He’s had a lot of interest and interesting comments including this from a woman in Vancouver.

“She said she had a condo in downtown Vancouver she paid $800,000 for and said our kitchens are bigger in our tiny homes than in her condo,” added Penney.

Penney has built 15 tiny homes so far and the orders keep coming in. Most are on a trailer, but can also be put on blocks and don’t even compare it to an RV.

“You’ve got your high ceilings, the way it’s built, the way it’s insulated, the floors, you have a full bedroom,” he said. “Most tiny home companies you see only make bedrooms in the lofts but we’re one of the only tiny home companies around that you’ll have a main floor bedroom in your tiny home.”

The smallest tiny home is 180 square feet and interest is coming from seniors, people downsizing and young people just starting out.

Penney says municipalities are slowly accepting the idea of tiny homes but each has its own rules and he’ll work with buyers to navigate the rules.

A link to their website can be found here.

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