Small house, big plans: the Made-in-Edmonton project will take a small house on tour, then donate it


A new online video series will take a tiny house on a Canadian tour of 16 cities in a project that will raise awareness of the scaled-down housing option – and will end with a gift of the built unit tailored.

Kenton Zerbin, an Edmontonian who teaches mini-house workshops, is the producer of The master plan of the little house which benefits from the help of a team of NAIT students as well as corporate sponsorships.

The postulate of the series? Build a tiny house that doubles as a mobile entertainment center, then take it on the road.

Edmonton will be the first stop on the tour.

Entering the contest is as easy as filling out a form on the website and by subscribing to the project’s YouTube channel.

“I like the idea of ​​giving people a moral boost in these times,” Zerbin said in an interview with CBC’s Active radio Monday.

Active radio8:10A little house you could win

The Tiny House Blueprint Tour is coming this spring and you can check it out on YouTube or see when it visits your community as a pop-up mobile cinema. 8:10

The planned mobile unit includes a pop-up stage, sound system and FM transmitter that could be used for drive-in cinema or other entertainment.

“Over the iterations of the design it really quickly became clear that we had to do more than a state-of-the-art house, we had to use it for this community cause,” Zerbin said.

“So people could come for a gig that could literally pop up anywhere.”

Plans are underway for people to be able to attend from their cars online, to ensure compliance with any possible COVID-19 restrictions.

Zerbin has been teaching sustainable living for about eight years and said he has seen interest grow.

Edmonton, he said, is one of the smallest and most welcoming cities in Canada. In 2019, the city council approved zoning by-law changes aimed at allowing the further development of mini-houses.

Zerbin intended to take his work to the United States this year, but COVID-19 has put an end to those plans.

He started teaching online and then moved into videography, which he said was a great way to reach large numbers of people.

“It’s history [that] led to the show, “he said.” Because it was like, ‘Well how can I reach people for free and keep teaching them and turning them on?’ ‘

The mini-mobile home will visit 16 cities across Canada. (Submitted by Kenton Zerbin)

Zerbin submitted the proposed project as an internship option for NAIT.

“When this stuff first came on the list… it was my very first one,” said Amanda Keys, a NAIT student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in technology management. She works as the general manager of the project and hopes to one day own her own little house.

In addition to managing the wrap-up project, Keys also helps find companies for sponsorship. So far, the project has achieved around 50 percent of its funding targets.

“It’s really interesting because it’s a lot more involved,” Keys said. “When you think, ‘Oh yeah, you’re just building the house on the little trailer. It’s so easy.’

“It’s much more complicated.”

The tiny house is still in the design phase, but Zerbin hopes to launch the show by April 9.

“Unless things are really seriously locked down, I think everything will be fine,” he said.

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