Tiny/Small House Visionary Community In Quebec

Tiny/Small House Visionary Community In Quebec

I am quite excited to share the news of a tiny/small housing development in Lantier, Quebec. By combining green construction technology, affordability, a resident work program, community gardens, food forests, greenhouses, playgrounds, daycare facilities, all set in a beautiful rural region just 2 minutes from the town of Lantier (and just 1 hour from Montreal), Habitat Multi Générations (HMG) is creating an ideal setting for tiny/small housers that will hopefully inspire many other communities.

This innovative group has been planning this development since 2007 and in the process has gained the enthusiastic support of their local government. Seeing the benefit of an influx of new residents as well as an eco solution for housing, the municipality agreed to change their bylaws and reduced the minimum household square footage to 350SF. They also created an environmentally friendly residential zone within the municipality to allow for the Habitat Multi Générations development.

Tiny/Small House Utopian Community In Quebec

HMG offers houses in natural settings called P3Ds. Each P3D is comprised of multiple groupings (hamlets) of 6 large private lots that include their own private courtyard as well as a collective garden.

HMG offers tiny/small eco houses in natural settings called “sustainable development housing projects”: “Projet de Dévelopements Domiciliaires Durables” (P3D). 50% or more of the P3D land is dedicated to either community areas or stays in its natural state. The P3Ds are comprised of multiple groupings (hamlets) of 6 large private lots that include their own private courtyard as well as a collective garden.  The project is designed to respond to a growing need for financial security by creating low cost housing and the ability to grow one’s own food.
 
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The first P3D, “Les Hameux De La Source” already has 30 of its 100 spots already reserved.

Already 30 lots have been reserved in the first P3D: “Les hameaux de la Source” (which will eventually welcome more than 100 houses). It is possible with as little as $80,000CAD to become a house owner on a 16,000SF lot. That includes everything from septic, well, foundations, access to the collective garden courtyard and to the 100 acres of community/open space. Among the recreational opportunities in the community are free access to tennis courts, several cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and biking trails, public access to lake Ludger Arpin, a rec room, library, and more. Habitat Multi Générations intends on creating P3Ds in various other locales.

 
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P3D home owners can become employees of HMG after some training and work on the production line (the houses are built in an off site workshop using factory technology for better efficiency). As wage, they accumulate dollar credits to be deducted from the price of their home.

One of the aspects of the P3D model that impresses me the most is the opportunity for home owners to significantly lower the cost of their house construction. P3D home owners can become employees of HMG after some training and work on the production line (the houses are built in an off site workshop using factory technology for better efficiency), helping to build the houses that will go into the community. As wage, they accumulate dollar credits to be deducted from the price of their home. Home builders become employees of the organization working on the production line according to their abilities and skills without necessarily working on their own home.

The HMG team and its partners have brought together experts in landscape architecture, permaculture, horticulture, agronomy, non-timber forest products and mycology. Together they are developing edible and sustainable landscaping within the P3D. Residents can then enjoy easy and convenient access to a source of natural food, presenting a significant opportunity for people to reduce their grocery expenses.

Tiny/Small House Utopian Community In Quebec

One of the many nearby picturesque towns: Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts

Lantier is a small town, one hour north of Montreal. It is well known for its stunning natural landscapes and sprawling lakes. 15 minutes from Lantier, you will find Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts which offers a wide range of shops and social, cultural & recreational activities, schools, and a hospital. There are employment opportunities in the region as well as public transportation.

If you are interested in this housing model and want to know more, you can contact info@habitatmultigenerations.com (514.249.9925). The site is currently in French however they are working to have it available in English as well. I used my Google Translate app on my browser. They have a design team that can work with you on your own home design. They are also open every Saturday to give tours. What the folks at HMG have been able to do is extraordinary. This kind of vision and thoughtfulness is just what our society needs in order to create housing that benefits the individual, the family, the community, and the environment. Thank you Maxime Robillard of HMG for contacting us and sharing this exciting project with all of us!

 
 
 
 

27 Responses to Tiny/Small House Visionary Community In Quebec

  1. Philippe Dupuis January 11, 2015 at 8:13 am #

    And thank you neighbours for all the inspiration you bring to us Quebecers. I’m now a fan of the Tiny House movement and I try to spread this incredible way of living all around here in Quebec. I am planning on building my tiny house in the next year or so and you guys sure helped me a lot with all your posts and projects. I love the hOMe and so does my girlfriend. It will probably be our main inspiration. Every day i’m asking myself where to start, or when, and I am certainly looking foward to buy your plans and DVDs. I stil have a lot of things to figure before I start but I thank you Gabriella and Andrew for everything you are sharing. Your website has been the most helpfull for me yet.

    Best regards,

    Philippe

    • Maxime Robillard January 11, 2015 at 11:09 am #

      Salut Philippe, tu peux liker la page Tiny House Québec sur facebook pour toutes les nouvelles sur la communauté tiny house du QC. Nous travaillons présentement sur un festival pour cet été afin de rassembler toute cette belle communauté et de nous donner une chance de tous se rencontrer. Aussi, si tu veux venir visiter une des maisons modèles de HMG à Lantier, il y en a une qui ressemle beaucoup à un mix entre la hOMe et la minimhouse. Au plaisir!

      • Philippe Dupuis January 11, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

        Merci beaucoup Maxime, oui je suis déjà la page Tiny House Québec. Pour ce qui est de la visite à Lanthier, c’est ajouté à ma liste de choses à faire! J’avais aussi voulu me rendre à une des conférences de HMG à Montréal, mais je travaillais à deux des samedis où il y avait des rencontres. Je suis très content de voir se développer un projet d’une telle envergure ici au Québec. À bientôt je l’espère.

  2. alan clark January 11, 2015 at 9:34 am #

    Do you need a grad student? This is what i want to do for my project in environmental management at Western state colorado university.

    Thanks

  3. Chet Cowie January 11, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

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  4. Chet Cowie January 11, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

    I would love to learn more about your project, especially the English part of it!
    Thank you so much.
    Chet Cowie

    • Philippe January 13, 2015 at 8:31 am #

      Hi Chet,

      On the HMG website, you will found a handy Google Translate drop down menu at the bottom of the page. Hope this helps !

  5. Robert January 11, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    Awesome!
    Thank you for the excellent article on this.

  6. Joyce Wittschen January 12, 2015 at 3:37 am #

    I wished this could happen in the US.also.

    • Kathleen January 14, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

      Joyce, maybe you and I could start one. I think we should start a tiny house town in Florida, but thats cuz I live in Florida, plus, no frigid winters :o)

      • Elaine Desrochers May 24, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

        I’m interested in that too. There was a community starting up called Rockledge and another near Cocoa Beach in Florida.

    • Bob January 15, 2015 at 7:22 am #

      I think Jay Shafer’s project, the Napoleon Complex he calls it, is still on. Find out a bit more at:
      http://www.fourlightshouses.com/pages/the-napoleon-complex.
      He’s been working on this concept for a few years in CA.
      At this web page there is a listing of links to Tiny House communities in the U.S. that are at least in the planning stages, some farther along than others, and some existing now:
      http://tinyhousetalk.com/communities/
      Some of these are RV parks but there are many TH communities listed.

  7. Sherree January 12, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this. I think I see a version of your “hOMe” in the upper left corner.
    I would someday love to be part of a project like this – perhaps in British Columbia.

  8. Catherine Wilson January 12, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    Thank you Gabriella for sharing this with us.

    I am from Quebec and will be sure to check out their web site soon.

    It is very exciting that this is happening in our region.

    Catherine

    • Maxime Robillard January 13, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

      Thank you! You can also like Tiny House Québec on facebook to be updated on the tiny house movement in QC.

    • Elaine Desrochers May 24, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

      Any idea of the cost. I am so interested. I live in Montreal and would like to have a tiny in Lantier fir the summer months and also in Florida or other warm place for the winter months.

  9. Renate Simsa January 14, 2015 at 3:37 am #

    that is a wonderful cocept, but $80,000 is put of range for most people I know and myself That have a $17,000 income per year.

  10. Andrew January 14, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    I live in spain were land is plenty but pratical housing dosnt count

  11. Andrew January 14, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    I live in spain were land is plenty but pratical housing dosnt count Holly oneday It will

  12. Michael Withey January 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    Great work!!

  13. Wade edgar February 1, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    Hi my is wade I will like to more about the tiny house movement in qucbec

  14. Wade edgar February 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    Hi my name is wade I will like u to contac me about tiny house movement at 5149917427

  15. J.D. Richardson August 19, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    Dear sir,
    We currently have a cottage at lac Tremblant nord. It is currently only used in the summer. The current building measures 16 ft x 24 ft on one level. There is no insulation or permanent foundation and the only access is by water. we are looking to either refurbish it (septic system and screened in porch, sm bathroom) or replace it completely.
    I am interested in seeing what you have available in a unit this approximate size, and the feasibility of building with the current site limitations and municipal guidelines. Is it possible to see some of your units in Lantier?

  16. Glendon Toews October 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

    I have recently built a tiny house on a 20 foot trailer in Saskatoon. I would like to move closer to Montreal where my daughter is working. Are there any lots or rental spaces available for tiny houses?

  17. Linda Pond April 28, 2017 at 8:49 am #

    How is the village in Lantier progressing? How about an update? Looking to build something like this in Eastern Ontario

  18. Redelyn March 30, 2019 at 4:20 pm #

    Hi! I’m 54 yr. old and my husband is 51. What is the requirements so we can live ang join in the village. We dont have our own lot. Can we buy a lot in the village and build a tiny house? We have been dreaming to be tiny house owner to lessen our expensses, enjoy life without a huge amount of bills every month. Thank you.Merci beaucoup.

  19. Elaine Desrochers May 24, 2019 at 4:51 pm #

    I am also interested in BC . are there any communities in BC near Kamloops or Vancouver?

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