You know the saying, “It takes a village…,” well, when you’re “tiny” but mighty, why not just build one of your own?
That’s exactly what we are doing this year with a Tiny Village made up of tiny homes. Walk through the village and tour some of these unique homes to see how you can make the best use of very little space.
Our partners this year include Modern Box Designs and True North Tiny Homes. They will also be on stage with Emanuelle Belliveau discussing everything involved in creating and living in a small space. Check out the schedule.
After studying civil engineering at the University of Waterloo, Daniel Ott spent ten years working alongside his father at the helm of a successful residential contracting company, where he gained valuable experience on the job site and in business development. He then struck out on his own to found White Willow Design, a full service luxury residential design firm. White Willow quickly grew to be a leading design firm in the western GTA. In the recent years Dan began to receive more jobs, changing homes into multigenerational homes and notice there was a missing gap in the housing market, which lead to True North Tiny Homes. With his knowledge from construction, and luxuries full size homes, he is able to create functional tiny homes without losing the luxuries details.
Otto Vallecillo, Co-Founder of ModernBox Designs, is a Humber College graduate from the Mechanical Engineering Design program. He’s spent the past eight years designing, building, and delivering top quality modified containers to high profile customers in the industrial business sector. A calculated risk-taker with deep structural fabrication knowledge, Otto has taken on the challenge of the lack of affordable housing, by providing a cost-effective, modular home solution.
Gustavo Del Valle co-founded ModernBox Designs with Otto in 2019. He is a Software Engineer with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Toronto currently pursuing his PEng. Soon after graduating, Gustavo has had the opportunity to work as a Software Developer for reputable companies. What led Gustavo to obtain an Engineering degree was his curiosity and his drive to finding solutions and/or better solutions to any problem. “There is always a better way” has been his motto throughout his career. The housing market at affordable prices is one of those problems that he believes needs to be tackled. This was the core reason behind co-founding ModernBox Designs: utilizing shipping containers to provide modern yet affordable housing.
For over 15 years Emmanuel Belliveau has been designing everything from leather goods, to jewelry, to furniture and most notably, homes. Emmanuel is from New Brunswick. He began his design career in Vancouver at FNDA Architecture and now calls Toronto home. Since the premier of My Parents House on HGTV in 2005, Emmanuel has shared his creative and fun spirit on Discovery Channel’s World’s Greenest Homes, numerous guest spots on TV in between and most recently, a role on Save our Shelter on The CW in LA. Always up for adventure, Emmanuel traveled several times to Uganda to design and develop a wellness center in Uganda for women and children. The center has since been converted into a physical rehabilitation centre and will open in March.
Recent changes in the Toronto City bylaws surrounding laneway housing is as a huge opportunity given Toronto’s housing vacancy situation. His company Eva Lanes (Eva, is short for Evangeline, his mother – she always wanted to get into real estate) is full service real development product for those seeking an easy way to assess, permit, design, and build their own laneway suite.
Looking for small space living tips? Check out these videos of the Top 5 Small Space Living Tips from Contained Living Corp. who created a tiny home for the show last year.