At 20 square meters (215 square feet) Student Tiny House builder Stefan Cook really has created a very big Tiny House.
Stefan’s Tiny House has largely been constructed from salvaged materials from homes in Christchurch that were demolished after the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. He saw it as an opportunity to obtain many high quality building materials (especially windows and doors) at a great price.
The house has a wonderful open plan design that really makes the space of the (already large) tiny house feel even bigger. When standing at one end of the house, you can see right to the other, giving the impression of being not in a tiny house, but rather a very large room.
The sleeping loft in the tiny house is a massive 4 meters in length, which really gives a very comfortable living / rest space. This tiny house loft is even equipped with it’s own laundry chute!
We will be catching up with Stefan later on in the year to see the Tiny House when it’s finished. To follow Stefan’s Build and find out more about his build journey visit A Biggish Tiny House on Facebook.
Hey team! It’s a really exciting time for us, as our Tiny House Build is officially underway. This weekend we were working hard with the building team from Bio Build installing our beautiful, sustainable and light weight Lawson Cypress floor from St Lukes Timber (who were even kind enough to let us use their workshop).
You may notice that the galvanised steel sheet at the base, and the insulation are still missing at this point. These items will be added later on, allowing us continued access to the trailer throughout the build.
Next week we have a video coming out which details the floor installation and takes you through how it was done step-by-step, so make sure you’re following us on Facebook and subscribed to us on YouTube for updates!
In this video, Ian from Monoway Trailers talks about the SE Brake Control Unit from Trail Parts. When our tiny house is complete, it’s expected to weigh close to 3.5 metric tonnes. For that reason, the brakes on our trailer are extremely important. The Trail Parts radio braking system allows us to take control of the brakes from within the cab of the towing vehicle, adjusting the sensitivity of the trailer brakes to make sure we always have the right amount of breaking power coming from the trailer. Most importantly, because the unit is radio controlled (and doesn’t need to be hard-wired into the towing vehicle like other units) we are able to use different towing vehicles at different times. After all, those who are downsizing their house often don’t want to upsize their cars! Read more
After watching the film Garbage Warrior, kiwi couple Nathan Rushton and Jess Fitzgerald were so inspired by Earthships that they actually travelled to New Mexico to study Earthship Biotecture with pioneering architect Michael Reynolds.
After returning to New Zealand and finding an ideal location, the couple then began the process of designing and building a downsized version of an Earthship at their property in Raglan.
Despite its small size of only 10 square meters, this Earthship will meet all the necessary design principles including thermal / solar Heating, solar & wind electricity, contained sewage treatment, building with natural & recycled materials, water harvesting and food production.
The first phase of construction was completed in record time, from locally found materials and with the help of a small army of volunteers including friends, family and a number of Earthship enthusiasts from around New Zealand.
Now awaiting the birth of their first child, Nathan and Jess are chipping away at the house and surrounding permaculture food forest and expect the completion of the project to be in late summer.
We will be visiting Nathan an Jess again to see their Earthship when it’s finished. Make sure you subscribe to us on YouTube so you don’t miss it!