You may have seen a couple of tiny homes just outside the Linnaea Farm parking lot and wondered, what’s the story with those?
Well, that would be the right question to ask – the tiny homes are a multi-faceted project of Robert Carrington, aka Bobbie Noobie.
Tiny House project
Robert and Karen Carrington purchased the tiny homes as mostly built, but unfinished projects.
Robert is a new builder and an artist and an activist – so he wanted the tiny home project to achieve multiple goals.
The first goal was to make an investment and make a financial return when the houses sell.
Addressing the housing crisis
The next goal is to address the housing crisis by providing housing for people.
The next goal is learn building skills, and share the learning with community. Robert wants to gather the deep and varied wisdom of cortes on the topic of building and tiny homes, capture that on video and share it – creating a kind of tiny-home library of best practices.
The video-education aspect of the project was inspired by the work of Manda Aufochs-Gillespie and FolkU. Folk U has been doing classes and radio programs that empower islanders to teach one-another about things that they know.
A sassy narrative
And finally, the art piece – Robert wants to make a fun and sassy narrative that weaves his process and the input from the community into a somewhat fictional story. The story features a character played by him, named Bobbie Noobie – a kind of punk-rock trickster who seeks to take advantage of free advice by creating an ‘educational show’ about building and tiny homes.
The houses are on a corner of land on the Linnaea property that Robert is leasing. He lives in the neighbourhood. With the houses on display, he thought someone might drop by and want to buy one before it’s done and have the opportunity to have it finished to their specifications.
The houses were framed and finished to this point by Oliver and Trygve Ellingsen. They had plans to use one and sell the other, but plans change and Robert and Karen were first on the list to accept the offer of the buildings for sale.
You can check out the houses on Seaford Road, right outside the Linnaea farm parking lot. And if you know something about tiny homes and you want to share it with the community – go find Bobby Noobie.
This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.