ELLE (Canada) - - Home & Away -

The clas­sic sec­ond-home sce­nario—a cot­tage in Muskoka or a taste­ful lit­tle villa on the French Riviera—has al­ways been seen as some­thing for the well-to-do. But think again: The af­ford­able-tiny-house move­ment has hit Canada in a big way. TV shows like Tiny House Na­tion, Tiny House Builders and Tiny House, Big Liv­ing de­pict ap­peal­ingly scaled-down lives. Ter­race, B.C., is home to Canada’s very first “mi­cro-vil­lage” of tiny houses, and the quirky prob­lems of tiny-house dwellers in Stratford, Ont., were ex­plored in a blog called “Our Wee House.” If you’re will­ing to do much of the grunt work and can find a par­cel of land, you can con­struct your own 19-square-me­tre house for as lit­tle as $30,000.

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