They could be the next big thing in downsized living, and now the Village of Delia is about to get its first tiny home.
Council has approved a development permit for a 191.2 square foot house on a vacant lot on 3 Avenue West.
"A couple from out of town purchased a lot in town and they want to put up a tiny house, two or three hundred square feet, and it should make a nice little spot," commented Delia CAO Mark Nikota.
The tiny home buyers are Phillip and Trenda Tyschuk of High River. The conditions of their permit are that it must be placed on a permanent foundation, properly skirted and the current owner of the empty lot must sign the development permit prior to it taking effect.
"I think it's almost a trend: I don't know if it's a fad, I guess we'll see how long it lasts," stated Nikota. "People wanting smaller homes, especially snowbirds and people that travel a lot, just need a place to come and hang their hat, so maybe it's something that small villages can capitalize on."
The Village of Big Valley, about 40 minutes drive north of Drumheller, is creating a tiny homes subdivision. Nikota doesn't know if Delia is ready for that yet.
"There's potential: we'll see how this one goes over and if people like it or not, and go from there," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "We don't really have a spot for them, but I guess anything can happen."