The Nomad Micro Home is Perfect For Cold Climates

I’m somewhat overdue in posting about this small house company. I’ve been aware of them for some time but never quite got around to it. Shame on me.


Nomad Micro Homes (NMH) has created this small modular house, the Nomad, that’s manufactured in British Columbia, Canada. NMH was created by Ian and Joie Kent – a husband and wife team that combines Ian’s design experience with Joie’s background in real estate.

A tiny house by Nomad Micro Homes


Nomad Micro Homes has produced one of my favourite small house designs. The Nomad isn’t designed to be mounted on a trailer like a tiny house on wheels, but is constructed on a small, low-impact foundation. And because it’s a permanent structure, the dimension limits of a trailer don’t apply, freeing up the design. This is evident in the insulation value of the walls and roof – R20 and R28 respectively. It’s pretty rare to come across a tiny house on wheels with similar R-values; there’s only so much insulation you can fit into a 2×4 wall.

A tiny house by Nomad Micro Homes


A tiny house by Nomad Micro Homes

The mirco-home features all you need to get by (and more) with a living area, kitchen, and wet bath with a hand-held shower. The loft of the home is reached by an open suspended staircase that doubles as shelving for the kitchen. The loft contains enough space for the sleeping quarters and storage/shelving units. Another neat feature of the loft – it’s open on both sides of the bed, brightening both the main floor and the loft.

A tiny house by Nomad Micro Homes

A tiny house by Nomad Micro Homes

Nomad Micro Houses are offering three models of their home, Nomad Space, Live, and Zero. Space is a base model that includes “living roon, kitchen cabinets, stair and shelving, bedroom and storage alcove, wood laminate flooring, lighting, and prewired electrical outlets“. The Live and Zero models contain additional options that go so far as allowing you to live off-grid. Pretty cool.

A tiny house by Nomad Micro Homes

The starting price for these homes is $25,000 Canadian, plus taxes and shipping. Pretty good bang for your buck if you ask me (or, for any Canadian readers, pretty good bang for your loonies).

Similar tiny houses designed for off-grid living include the Diogene Cabin by Renzo Piano, and Innermost House, an amazing tiny house that features no electricity or running hot water.

Via Nomad Micro Homes

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. Hey Maria, the bathroom is found behind the living area. Have a look at the last picture in the post, it shows the floor plan and where everything is laid out. :)

  2. Bathroom is like those found in yachts. The floor is actually the shower pan and you shower standing up in the space. It just takes readjustment of your concept of what a shower is.

  3. Hi Niall:
    We are entertaining a 23 acres site in N VT. Your concept may work for us as a temporary structure and eventual guest house. Can your design accommodate a queen/king size bed? We are accustomed to outside showers or bathing in a pond so no worries about a shower……..

  4. Are they building these yet? I can’t tell from their website and there are zero actual owner’s from what I can find online. Please help, this has been my favorite tiny house as of yet.

  5. How do I get information for the United States, to purchase a Nomad home. We live in the mountains of North Carolina on a horse farm.

    Thanks in advance for your time.

    Tessa Houck

  6. Thanks for your description and support Niall!

    Hi Tessa,

    You can call me direct to discuss your needs. Ian Kent, Founder – 604-644-5308

  7. Your product appeals to us because we live on the prairies (but we are not averse to moving)
    Like to see more options. I get the impression that tiny homes are way better engineered.
    Looking forward to more ideas and info. Thanks.

  8. Hi I live in Reno
    I’m looking at tiny home at Lake Almanor so cold weather
    I also want some off grid specs
    Thank you

    Please contact me