What is small housing?

What is small housing?

Small Housing BC defines small housing as just enough space to live. Depending on the size of the household, this can be anything between 200 and 1500 square feet; it’s small-scale, ground-oriented housing that is either detached or attached, and well suited to existing single-family neighbourhoods. Learn more in our Small Houses report and toolkit

Small housing includes:

  • Small lot homes,
  • House-plexes,
  • Grow homes,
  • Cottage housing,
  • Cohousing,
  • Secondary suites (units within the principal home such as a basement)
  • Laneway housing (detached accessory dwelling units),
  • Suites in duplexes,
  • Lock-off suites,
  • Micro-suites,
  • Tiny homes and
  • Collective housing.