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Building a Better Future Dan Boot's Mini Homes Pave the Way.

by Doreen Marion Gee

DAN BOOT'S "outside of the box" mini homes reflect a new paradigm of taking care of each other and the planet

Forget about the confines of time and

space. Dan Boot is taking a huge step into the future. His “outside of the box” mini homes reflect a new paradigm of taking care of each other and the planet. The artist’s unique design concepts are the wave of a sustainable future, housing more people while reducing our footprint on this planet. Dan Boot is an award-winning building designer with over 35 years in the field and his resumé is dizzying. One of his companies, Small Modern Living (SML), specializes in small affordable housing units. Dan puts a high value on social responsibility: “Our mission is to improve the quality of life of everyday British Columbians by building healthy, green and affordable housing.” As president of SML, Dan is confident that high quality, well-designed housing can be built at a reasonable cost. His unique homes put more rental housing stock in a squeezed market and increase access to homes for more people. Welcome to the garden suite! These units are built behind the owner’s house on their lot. The owner benefits with another stream of income and less drain on energy costs. For tenants, the little homes are brand new private affordable housing. They are also a 44 SEASIDE homes | february 2013

practical option for housing aging parents. Dan’s creation is a minimalist marvel:

"Our mission is to improve the quality of life of everyday British Columbians by building healthy, green and affordable housing." economy of space with a luxurious ambience. These mini homes look like beautiful highend condos. Dan and his team offer predesigned "garden suites" and custom-designed contemporary homes; the designs are versatile and can accommodate many options. Innovation marries pragmatism: his units maximize the small space for optimal use. The City of Victoria has approved garden suites in the city, and Dan’s present project is the first in Victoria. He is working with the City and his client to put his 56m2 Studio/ Suite in the Rockland area. The designer is looking forward to many more projects and perhaps future resort communities.

Environmental stewardship is the hallmark of a sustainable future world. Accordingly, Dan wants his buildings to reflect a vision of conservation and preservation of green space. Dan’s philosophy is “to encourage a sensitivity towards our environment outside the building in all its aspects and to promote proper caretaking of the environment for future generations.” Small homes leave small energy and carbon footprints. His homes are designed for maximum energy savings with the smallest amount of building materials. A bright future is also based on a collective social conscience. Dan’s enterprise puts more housing in the same space and a roof over more heads in our community. Since the mini homes cost less to build, the savings are passed on to renters. Energy efficiency produces lower utility bills for people struggling on a budget. Dan Boot sums it up in his blog: "I feel small homes should no longer be synonymous with 'cheap' houses and lack of privilege. Instead, they symbolize a range of culturally coded values: compactness, efficiency, discreteness, minimalism.” Dan Boot is building a better future. Web: www.smallmodernliving.ca.

Seaside February 2013 Issue  

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