Underhill is an incredible hobbit-home like, eco-cave house built into the hillside of a Waikato (New Zealand) farm. The house is cleverly constructed to resemble a cave. With no electricity in the house, the stone, wood and rustic features truly make you feel like you’re stepping back in time.
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With house prices in Auckland City (New Zealand) going through the roof, 22 year old Lily Kemp decided to get a bit creative in order to escape the rent trap. For her, inspiration struck in the form of a vintage pop-top camper which she found on TradeMe (similar to Read more
It's been a year since we last caught up with Shaye and Tom in their tiny house and since that time a lot has changed! Their tiny abode has transformed into a wonderful home for their growing family, which now includes newborn daughter Hazel.
The new porch area makes a wonderful Read more
This incredible transforming house truck is one that you really have to see to believe. Completely folded up, it would look very similar to a regular house truck were it not for the two turrets on the back that give a hit of what it becomes. Once parked, the Read more
This off-the-grid shipping container tiny house is one that you have to see to believe! Converted from a 20ft (6 meter) shipping container, this tiny house has everything that you need and is an exceptional example of functional, space-saving design.
Brenda Kelly has been passionate about shipping container homes for Read more
When you've only got a tiny amount of space to work with, the kitchen can be one of the most difficult spaces to really get right. In this article we are going to be looking at some of our favourite space saving ideas for a small kitchen.
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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 Read more
Peak Oil, economic collapse, global warming. There is little question that if humanity remains on the path we are on now, then there is little hope for a sustained existence on the planet. We need to change our thinking and adopt a more harmonious stance to our relationship with the biosphere. The principles of permaculture teach us how it is possible to thrive on the earth and actually have a positive impact on the environment around us and together with the tiny house movement they provide a hopeful model for the future. Read more
When I was a teenager I had a dream of living in a teepee in the forest. Now, I get to live something very close to that dream. Over the last two months we have been flat out finishing the Lotus Belle tent and getting everything ready for me to move in. I’m happy to say that I’m now living in the tent full time and it’s incredible! The Lotus Belle will be my home while I finish building the Tiny House.
I decided to move into the Lotus Belle tent because it allowed me to escape the rent trap and dedicate more time and resources into the construction of my tiny house. I also wanted to showcase another really great concept of alternative, downsized living. When I first saw a Lotus Belle tent my first thought was that someone could live really comfortably in one, and that planted the seed that grew into my decision to move in myself! Read more
The small roof area over the bathroom of our tiny house was a bit tricky to tackle as it needed a much lower pitch of roof. In this video Alan from BioBuild explains how to install a low pitch corrugate roof. Read more
Because of their shape and the strength of the materials they are made from, Earthships can be built as incredibly robust survival shelters. This example is currently under construction in Te Puke (New Zealand), where local organisation Fruit of the Pacific is helping to teach seasonal kiwifruit workers from Vanuatu, how to construct these survival shelter Earthships. Many of the workers were affected by Cyclone Pam, which tragically killed 24 people in Vanuatu and left thousands without homes. Read more
We’ve been hard at work over the last few days putting together this great little kitchenette. This super simple, DIY kitchenette was actually converted from an old sideboard, making the build incredibly simple and very cost effective. Read more
With the platforms for both the Lotus Belle Tent and the Bathroom Hut complete, a rope bridge was the obvious choice to join the two. In this video we take a look at the completed platforms and show you how we constructed the bridge. This has been one of the most fun things to build. You can really let your creativity run wild. It’s like building a fort for adults! Read more
In the past, people haven’t really viewed tents as a viable option for full time living. High quality canvas tents such as the Lotus Belle Tent are changing that perception and we are really excited to have the opportunity to test out this form of simple, low-impact living. Already these tents are incredibly popular as part of the ‘glamping’ movement, but we are keen to show that they can be much more than just a camping tent! Read more
Underhill is an incredible hobbit-home like, eco-cave house built into the hillside of a Waikato (New Zealand) farm. The house is cleverly constructed to resemble a cave. With no electricity in the house, the stone, wood and rustic features truly make you feel like you’re stepping back in time. Read more