The Urban Tiny House

Here at oopoomoo we are interested in people who have carved their dreams out of the impenetrable bedrock of societal structure. One local person who has done just that and who is a huge inspiration to us is Jackie Skrypnek. For years Jackie has quietly volunteered behind the scenes in the local food, environment and social sustainability movements. Jackie puts in the work because she believes a better world is possible. She is not looking for accolades or awards; she is looking for results.


Jackie, Samantha and I all have Permaculture Design Certificates (PDCs) from Verge Permaculture in Calgary. Part of the mandate or being a “permie” is to take action and do something that makes a difference in the world. Jackie has done just that. She has transformed her backyard from lawn into an ecologically sustainable food production centre which provides fresh, organic food for her family and friends. And she and her husband, Bryan, have built a passive solar tiny home in their backyard that will operate as an educational B+B teaching people about passive solar design, smaller footprint living and permaculture gardening principles.


The tiny home is only 247 sq feet but packs in sleeping, bathroom, kitchen, living, and dining areas. Jackie designed the tiny home and Jackie and Bryan built it themselves — it’s a work of art! Jackie battled the town bureaucracy to make the first tiny home B+B in Cochrane happen and now, through her perseverance, Jackie’s dream is ready to share with the world. On December 4, from 1 – 3 PM, Jackie is having an open house in Cochrane so you can see the tiny home for yourself and maybe even win a one night stay (there is a draw!). For details on the open house just download this PDF. If you can’t come, we’ve taken a few photos to show you this amazing little tiny home. Congratulations Jackie and Bryan! Cochrane is proud of you!

The Hereabouts Tiny Home website is now live for bookings!












About the Author

I am a Canadian landscape and outdoor photographer who loves long hikes in the woods, yummy food, hairy dogs, good company and a good guitar jam.


  1. Pat Teti
    November 30, 2016

    So, this is about more than photography… Good!

  2. Gerald Neufeld
    November 30, 2016

    Wow, that’s amazing! Good on you for the insight and the courage to get this done. It will be an inspiration to the world. Congratulations.

  3. Janet Greenhalgh
    November 30, 2016

    Loved this story. I had already planned to be there this weekend. We are building passive solar too. I sent you an invite to my bday festival in sept. I hope you guys can make it out for that. I wouldn’t mind being worthy of a featire on your blog too. The view is worth a trip in itself. Cheers

  4. Sam
    November 30, 2016


  5. Sandy Johnson
    November 30, 2016

    Wow! This is just awesome. Congrats Jackie and Brian- I’ll have to pop by and check out both the tiny house and your yard!
    Sandy Johnson

  6. Sharon Frederick
    November 30, 2016

    Congratulations Bryan & Jackie, your tiny house looks awesome!!

  7. Myrna Skrypnek
    December 1, 2016

    What a wonderful result to all your careful planning and hard work. It looks fabulous and is a dream come true for you!

  8. Claire Muller
    December 5, 2016

    Very impressed, great design with lots of natural lighting.


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