Local builder Seth Reidy will have this tiny house on display at Ellison's Market this weekend.

Nelson builder packs big charm into tiny house

The “V” house is 108 square feet and includes salvaged road signs for roofing, corrugated metal siding, and locally milled wood.

Just how “tiny” is a tiny house? Not as small as you’d think.

You can visit one of these unique structures on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 at Ellison’s Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Seth Reidy, a local builder, will display his first tiny house to showcase what his new building company, Nelson Tiny Houses, can build for Kootenay residents looking to add a unique, versatile living space or for those wanting to live the “tiny” lifestyle.

Reidy, a builder with 18 years experience in the field, is drawn to the tiny house movement for its emphasis on design over size, lower costs, smaller ecological footprint and its tremendous versatility. Tiny houses offer housing solutions for those wanting to simplify and downsize, but they also present a charming and predictable way to expand your home.

Reidy’s tiny houses incorporate salvaged materials that create a space with character, warmth and beauty that cannot be matched.

The “V” house, named such for it’s versatility, is 108 square feet and includes salvaged road signs for roofing, corrugated metal siding, and locally milled wood.

It also features a composting toilet, mini fridge, two-burner stove, sink, sleeping loft, and French doors that turn the outdoors into an extension of the house with options for add-ons such as a shower, propane heater and water heater.

While a tiny house, by definition, is a small space, they don’t have to feel that way, says Reidy. “In a tiny house, the design allows you to feel that all aspects of home are met within the small space. High ceilings and the feeling of expansion to the outside help the charm and simplicity of the space trump its actual size.”

For more information abut Nelson Tiny Houses visit nelsontinyhouses.com or call 250-551-1947.

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