Tiny House Info Session

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Next Wednesday, July 21st, Zee Kesler of the Tiny Community Centre, will be offering an info session on what she learned while building her tiny house. If you’ve been by VIVO in the past couple of months, you may have seen the mobile classroom parked outside our space. The session will also include John McFarlane of Camera Buildings and expert carpenter Josh Armstrong to speak about the importance of design and planning. The workshop includes a tour of the Tiny Community Centre. If you’re interested in learning more, register for the workshop via Eventbrite.

What will be covered:

Intro to tiny homes and building small

  • How much is it expected to cost to build a little space
  • Where can you place your space?
  • What are the zoning restrictions/requirements?
  • How to plan for your build

Energy and waste

  • Electricity by means of service hook up, solar, or shore power.
  • Methods of disposing grey water and waste.


  • Codes, Safety, Loads, Building Envelope
  • What will the space be used for in it’s lifetime
  • Layout

Trailer selection criteria

  • How do I select a trailer and where can I get it?
  • What work may have to be done to a trailer?
  • Insurance procedures

If you’re interested in learning more, register for the workshop via Eventbrite.

John and Josh will be offering personal consultations by appointment at the end of the workshop.

*Note: This is not a hands on workshop!

Venue Accessibility

VIVO is located in the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples in a warehouse space at 2625 Kaslo Street south of East Broadway at the end of E 10th. Transit line 9 stops at Kaslo Street on Broadway. From the bus stop, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight decline. The closest skytrain station is Renfrew Station, which is three blocks south-east of VIVO and has an elevator. From there, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight incline. There is parking available at VIVO, including wheelchair access parking. There is a bike rack at the entrance. The front entrance leads indoors to a set of 7 stairs to the lobby.

Wheelchair/Walker Access

A wheelchair ramp is located at the west side of the main entrance. The ramp has two runs: the first run is 20 feet long, and the second run is 26 feet. The ramp is 60 inches wide. The slope is 1:12. The ramp itself is concrete and has handrails on both sides. There is an outward swinging door (34 inch width) at the top of the ramp leading to a vestibule. A second outward swinging door (33 inch width) opens into the exhibition space. Buzzers and intercoms are located at both doors to notify staff during regular office hours or events to unlock the doors. Once unlocked, visitors can use automatic operators to open the doors.


There are two all-gender washrooms. One has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The other is a single room with a urinal and is wheelchair accessible: the door is 33 inches wide and inward swinging, without automation. The toilet has 11 inch clearance on the left side and a handrail.

To reach the bathrooms from the studio, exit through the double doors and proceed straight through the lobby and down the hall . Turn left, and the two bathrooms will be on your right side. The closest one has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The far bathroom is accessible.

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