Kamloops woman gets closer to big dream of living small

By Tarrah Harvey
April 8, 2016 - 4:36pm Updated: April 8, 2016 - 6:00pm

KAMLOOPS —  It's not quite done yet, but a tiny piece of property will soon be a big dream come true for Melanie Hewer.

"It's been 10 years thinking about it, 5 years dreaming about it, and then last spring I just went 'why don't I?' It's what I want!"
 

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As she heads into retirement she's selling her three story home, getting rid of the majority of her belongings, and downsizing to a Tiny Home. The total size of the small space is 220 square feet which is less than a quarter of the size of where she's living now.

"How do I explain this? I can't, it just has to be something you want."

Building smaller is a trend that has been catching on as housing prices rise and available land falls. The Canadian Home Builders Association says, we could begin to see more in filling as a result.

"Good land to develop is becoming spare, not just in Kamloops but everywhere, so builders and homeowners alike are having to become more creative, so with that you're going to start seeing smaller homes, more lane way homes, just smaller footprints that people can build more affordable."

Hewer is looking forward to the change. She'll have less housework and more time to spend on the things that really matter. The big benefits of living small.

"It'll be very freeing for me being I've been living such a busy life. Selling the house, no yard work, I'll still have to maintain around where I live, but my dog is pretty important and I want to spend more time with him."

You can follow Hewer as she builds her Tiny Home on Facebook here.
 

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