Most of us are lucky. We do not need shelter. We got that covered. Still, that doesn’t stop us from wanting some extra, such as a tiny shelter from Full Moon Tiny Shelters, who create beautiful, minimalist wee buildings under 200 square feet. These tiny home builders are based in Nova Scotia and launched in 2013 and tiny house movement aficionados have been paying attention from the start.

Dawn Higgins, partner at Full Moon Tiny Shelters, told the Canadian Chronicle Herald: “I feel many people are interested in downsizing and living simpler, less complicated lives. […] People are also increasingly interested in economic freedom and increased adaptability.”

Whether “raw or refined, elegant or ecstatic, playful or profound,” their small structures can be used as habitations, artist spaces, home office, writing retreat, vacation spot or boat house. Their ideals are simplicity, beauty, less is more and utmost craftsmanship. Because they build small, they can build better with only top materials. That’s why the cost per square foot of a tiny house is actually higher than that of a normal size house. It comes to around $250 to $300 per square foot. All are custom built, usually on a trailer, according to each client’s specifications. Options are having a living roof area, solar panels, a composting toilet, wood stove, small loft, grey water storage tank…

They’re not really intended as permanent homes but they are fully winterized for four-season-living, able to withstand hot summers and cold winters. Aside from being well insulated (floor, ceiling, walls), other important factors are maximizing the small space for utmost multi-use functionality, having good plumbing, kitchen and bathroom and, of course, cozy yet minimalist aesthetics that make the inhabitant feel happy and comfortable, not cramped and lacking. Beauty is huge for Full Moon Tiny Shelters, from the choice of wood to the paint color.

They currently do no have any models for sale but will soon feature one up for grabs. Best to just contact them. Since they’re in Canada, you’ll have to figure out the logistics of delivery. But the tiny shelters can be pulled on trailers and are freeway approved.