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Spacious tiny house built to withstand Canadian winter chill

Spacious tiny house built to w...
A pair of heat exchangers, an electric fire and underfloor heating warm the Ébène during harsh Ontario winters
A pair of heat exchangers, an electric fire and underfloor heating warm the Ébène during harsh Ontario winters
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The ground floor of the Ébène measures 360 sq ft (33 sq m)
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The ground floor of the Ébène measures 360 sq ft (33 sq m)
The Ébène's living room includes cedar shelving 
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The Ébène's living room includes cedar shelving 
The Ébène's kitchen looks well-proportioned for a tiny house
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The Ébène's kitchen looks well-proportioned for a tiny house
The Ébène's kitchen includes two freezers, a fridge, stainless steel sink, induction stove, and a microwave/oven
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The Ébène's kitchen includes two freezers, a fridge, stainless steel sink, induction stove, and a microwave/oven
View towards the Ébène's bathroom
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View towards the Ébène's bathroom
The Ébène's bathroom
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The Ébène's bathroom
The Ébène features a separate washing machine and dryer 
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The Ébène features a separate washing machine and dryer 
The Ébène's bathroom includes a bath/shower and composting toilet
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The Ébène's bathroom includes a bath/shower and composting toilet
The Ébène's bathroom includes a bath/shower and composting toilet
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The Ébène's bathroom includes a bath/shower and composting toilet
The Ébène's bathroom sink
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The Ébène's bathroom sink
The Ébène's bathroom includes a bath/shower and composting toilet
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The Ébène's bathroom includes a bath/shower and composting toilet
The Ébène features a separate washing machine and dryer
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The Ébène features a separate washing machine and dryer
The ground floor of the Ébène measures 360 sq ft (33 sq m)
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The ground floor of the Ébène measures 360 sq ft (33 sq m)
A sliding barn door provides access to the Ébène's bathroom
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A sliding barn door provides access to the Ébène's bathroom
The Ébène's kitchen includes two freezers, a fridge, stainless steel sink, induction stove, and a microwave/oven
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The Ébène's kitchen includes two freezers, a fridge, stainless steel sink, induction stove, and a microwave/oven
The Ébène's master bedroom
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The Ébène's master bedroom
Another view of the Ébène's master bedroom
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Another view of the Ébène's master bedroom
View towards the Ébène's secondary loft
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View towards the Ébène's secondary loft
The Ébène's living room/dining room
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The Ébène's living room/dining room
The Ébène's couch is modular and its layout can be changed 
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The Ébène's couch is modular and its layout can be changed 
The Ébène's couch is modular and its layout can be rearranged
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The Ébène's couch is modular and its layout can be rearranged
The Ébène's stainless steel sink
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The Ébène's stainless steel sink
A pair of heat exchangers, an electric fire and underfloor heating warm the Ébène during harsh Ontario winters
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A pair of heat exchangers, an electric fire and underfloor heating warm the Ébène during harsh Ontario winters

Not too many tiny houses look like they could stand up to very cold weather, but Quebec-based Minimaliste regularly produces hardy homes designed to keep owners comfortable throughout the harsh Canadian winter. Its latest build, named Ébène, is no different, and offers a roomy interior with a well thought-out layout.

The Ébène measures 36 x 10 ft (11 x 3 m), which is over the standard towing width in Canada, so it's a safe bet that this one isn't going to be moved around regularly. Unlike Minimaliste's Laurier, it runs from a standard electrical hookup rather than solar power. It's based on a triple-axle trailer and clad in black and natural cedar.

The Ébène has relatively generous living space for a tiny house, and the home's ground floor alone measures 360 sq ft (33 sq m), which is significantly more than the Escher's ground floor and loft combined, for example. Visitors are greeted with a living room/dining area dominated by a large L-shaped modular sofa.

A small nook hosts an electric fireplace and space for a TV, while a dining table is nearby. According to Minimaliste, the table can accommodate 6 people without feeling too crowded.

The Ébène's living room/dining room
The Ébène's living room/dining room

The kitchen includes a fridge/freezer, a second freezer, stainless steel sink, induction stove, and a microwave/oven. A sliding barn door provides access to a bathroom with a full-sized bath and shower, sink, and composting toilet. A separate washing machine and dryer are installed nearby, as well as a closet for the heating and water systems.

There are two lofts in the Ébène. The smallest is placed over the bathroom and reached by removable ladder. The master bedroom is located atop the living room and accessed by storage-integrated staircase. It includes a double bed and storage space.

The Ébène keeps the cold at bay with a hydronic underfloor heating system, powered by electric and controlled by thermostat. In addition, Minimaliste added a pair of heat exchangers and the electric fire, too. We've no word on the insulation used or the home's R-Values, though Minimaliste's homes are typically rated to handle temperatures as low as minus 40° C (- 40° F).

The Ébène was built for a couple with some land in Ontario for an undisclosed price.

Source: Minimaliste

3 comments
Tom Lee Mullins
I think being warm in such a small place is cool.
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Trailer parks in Canada are filled with mobile homes capable of withstanding Canadian winters. There should be a clear definition for "tiny house" that refers to the relatively new phenomenon rather than a generic term re-branding something that has been around for 70 years. Or better yet, drop the moniker whose purpose is to glorify living in a garden shed.
Don Duncan
Windows are way overrated. What price is paid for a very rare peek outside, e.g., how much insulation value is lost? A periscope skylight will provide illumination without the loss of heat. And how can they sell without telling us the R-values? "...typically rated to handle temps as low as -40F"? What does that mean? Give me the facts and I'll decide.