Underhill - The Magical Hobbit-Like Eco Cave House

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. Everything Read more

City Living In A Pop Top Camper

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

DIY Cottage Style Tiny House - Revisited!

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

The Transforming Castle Truck

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

Spectacular 20ft Off-The-Grid Tiny Shipping Container House

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

Space Saving Ideas for a Small Kitchen

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. Thankfully, it really Read more

Fantastic Big Tiny House With Open Plan Design

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

Installing A Low Pitch Corrugate Roof

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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

Low-Cost Survival Shelter Earthship

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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.

Earthship Survival Shelter in Fiji
The survival shelters design has been based on similar projects that took place in the Philippines and in Fiji (pictured above – photo courtesy of Biotecture Planet Earth). These shelters are incredibly strong and low-cost to construct making them perfect as community projects in the islands to help build resilience from natural disasters such as cyclones.

The Te Puke Earthship build is a great example of what people can achieve when they come together for a common goal. We look forward to catching up with the team again once the shelter is complete.

Super-Simple DIY Kitchenette For Small Spaces

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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

Building A DIY Rope Bridge

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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

DIY Deck Platform For A Lotus Belle Tent (Or A Yurt)

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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 – The Magical Hobbit-Like Eco Cave House

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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

Tiny House Plans For Internal Fit-Out

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We’re almost totally enclosed in our tiny house and will soon be moving onto the internal fit-out. We thought this was a great opportunity to show you around the house so far and what we have planned for the inside! Read more

Weatherboard Installation Part 2 – Corner Boxes

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Once all of your weatherboards have been installed, it’s time to look finishing off the corners nicely. There are a number of ways of doing this, but in our case we are using corner boxes. Abodo do supply ready made corner boxes, but as we have 45° corners, we need to make those ourselves. To keep all the boxes uniform, it means we have to make all of our own corners.

In this video, Jacob Drayton from BioBuild shows us how to make and install the corner boxes.

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