Extraordinary 10m2 Micro Earthship

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 Read more

Living Simply in a Wonderful Tiny House Truck

Giving up the rat race and living simply in a mobile home is something that many of us have dreamed about, at least at some stage in our lives. How many still wonder what path their life would have journeyed down if they had given it a go? Wayne and Read more

The Stunning Tiny House Earth Domes of Solscape

Introducing the Solscape Earth Domes. These beautiful natural buildings are each less than 10 square meters, and sit overlooking the ocean, amongst the beautiful hills of Raglan, New Zealand. The Earth Domes were built using a technique called earth-bag construction, where sturdy sacks are filled with material such as rock, Read more

Incredible DIY Tree House in Kauri Forest

Nestled in the trunks of a wonderful old Kauri Forest in New Zealand, this DIY Tree House is an absolute delight. The whole house is made from three small rooms (each under 9 square meters) that are all individually suspended in the trees. Although these tree houses are still under Read more

Cedric: The Tiny House with Two Sleeping Lofts

Located in the Auckland (New Zealand) suburb of Glen Eden, Cedric is a charming Tiny House who in a previous life was actually a house truck. The space has been wonderfully converted into a very functional living area with kitchen, bathroom and a lovely lounge. Impressively, Cedric boasts two sleeping Read more

An Amazing Off The Grid Tiny House Tour

At 15 Square meters and completely off the grid, Brett Sutherland has constructed a true, off the grid tiny house treasure. Packed with unique, space saving design elements, Brett has created a fantastic space to both live and work. Perhaps best of all, this was all achieved on a budget Read more

All About Tiny House Trailers

The trailer is the foundation of a Tiny House, so it's important to get the design right! In this video, we talk to our custom trailer manufacturer Ian, from Munford Industries about building a Tiny House trailer in New Zealand. If you're starting your own Tiny House build in New Read more

Floor Installation Time Lapse Video

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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!

Tiny House Radio Braking System

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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!

TrailParts Brake Control Unit

Adjusting the braking power in the trailer is incredibly easy. Simply increase the gain when you need the trailer to increase the brake strength, and decrease the gain when you feel it’s braking too hard for the towing vehicle.

TrailParts Transceiver

The Brake Control Module is fitted to the trailer itself. It’s important that when installed it faces the direction of travel. This module is the brains of the entire system, controlling the brake’s and also sending and receiving information from the control unit in the towing vehicle.


If you ever get into a hairy situation, there’s a big red button to help you out. The emergency brakes can be applied to put the trailer to a stop in a hurry. It’s also a handy button to have to make sure your brakes are working before you set out on a journey.

Find out more about the Radio Brake System from TrailParts

Extraordinary 10m2 Micro Earthship

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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.

Micro Earthship

 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.

Stunning window design!

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.

Earthship Sleeping Loft

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.

The future kitchen area.

 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.

Even an outdoor hot tub!

 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!

Trailer Update – Brakes and Bits

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We’re back at Monoway with another update on our Tiny House Trailer! In this video, Ian talks us through the Tiny House trailer brakes, tandem suspension system and a few other clever additions!

With only a few more items to go, our trailer build will soon be complete and we’ll be getting it road registered. From there, we will be getting stuck into the build!

Both Melissa and I are incredibly excited for the build to get underway. Very shortly now we will be filming a video which will show the design that we have all been working incredibly hard on. There will be lots of exciting features and materials going into this house and we can’t wait to share it all with you.

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