There’s something about tiny houses that really appeals. Maybe the compact space makes us feel snug and secure – or it could be about the affordability. With interest rates on the increase and housing prices sky-rocketing, who wouldn’t embrace a movement that makes home-ownership a viable option for low income families?

To get a handle on what tiny house living entails and learn about the latest sustainable housing trends, be sure to attend the Century 21 Perth Tiny House & Green Home Festival on 21 April 2018 at the Perth Campus of Algonquin College. There will be tiny houses to tour, three concurrent speaker sessions (Green Living, Social Housing and New Technologies), and exhibitors promoting their related products and services. In keeping with a festive atmosphere, there will also be a kid’s activity area, food options and music.

The 2 Marys gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Century 21 Explorer Realty Inc. based in Smiths Falls, title sponsor of the event, and The Perth Planing Mill, DuPont Tyvek and Guy Saumure & Sons for additional sponsorship contributions.

A popular topic being addressed in the Green Living series is municipal planning: how to work with local council to get permission to live in a tiny house. There have been some success stories we can learn from! There will also be talks on maximizing the use of small space, tips on building small, and an entertaining tale about a tinker’s nomadic life in a Gypsy caravan. In the Social Housing series there will be talks on co-housing initiatives, tiny house communities, and tiny houses as a solution to homelessness or social housing.

Among the New Technologies speakers will be Chris Magwood, who built the first off-grid, straw bale home in Ontario and is currently co-founder and director of the Endeavour Centre for Innovative Building and Living, co-editor of the Sustainable Building Essentials series and author of several books including Making Better Buildings. Other speakers will include Ross Elliott, co-owner of HomeSol Building Solutions, who will address energy conservation design, and Kris Bailey of Dwellings, a company that designs and builds houses using new eco-friendly technologies.

Anyone within driving distance of Perth, Ontario (an hour west of Ottawa, north of Kingston) who would like to bring a tiny house to this event or be a speaker, exhibitor or volunteer should please contact The 2 Marys Inc. at 613-264-2934 or email See for additional information.

Tickets to the event are on sale now at:
Ticket prices go up on April 1st, so don’t delay!