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

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

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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How To Install Window Head Flashings

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In this video Alan from BioBuild Ltd shows us how to install the window head flashing. Read more

Where To Park A Tiny House

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With our Tiny House approaching completion (hopefully!!) within the next few months, we have started looking into potential house sites. In our case there are a few criteria that the site needs to meet.  Read more

Weatherboard Installation Part 2 – Joins

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In an ideal situation, you’ll be able to find weatherboards that are able to span the length of your house which means you don’t need to worry about joining them. In most cases though, that’s not possible. Our weatherboards come in lengths of 4.5 meters, which means we will be needing joins in our longer sections.

In this video, Jacob Drayton from BioBuild takes us through the process of joining weatherboards.

Remember, there are many different kinds of weatherboards out there, all with different profiles and requirements. Make sure you get advice from the manufacturer as to how to correctly join the type that you have.

Weatherboard Installation Part 1 – Overview

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It’s time to put some weatherboards on our house! In this video, Alan Drayton from BioBuild Ltd talks us through the process of installing the weatherboards for our Tiny House. This process is one of the most fantastic transformations, as it really begins to resemble a home.

There are many ways of installing weatherboards, and there are many weatherboard systems as Alan explains. The system that we are using is the Elements Vulcan + Cladding system from Abodo. This is a renewable alternative to Cedar cladding and it’s made locally in New Zealand form FSC certified Pine. Read more

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