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

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

Next-Gen Geodesic Dome Greenhouse – Free Open Source Plans!

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Great design is often born from necessity. In the case of this incredible geodesic greenhouse dome, it is the necessity to re-localise our food supply and begin to build resilience back into our local communities and even into our own backyards. In the true spirit of helping to build a better world, the whole project of this next-generation geodesic dome greenhouse is also completely open source.  Read more

How To Install Window Flashing & Windows

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This week our house moves one step closer to being completely enclosed as our windows are installed! In this video, Alan from BioBuild Ltd shows us how to install the window flashings, sill support bar and the windows themselves. Read more

How Aluminium Joinery Is Made: Windowmakers Ltd

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Windows and doors make up a very important part in the design of any house. They also have a very large effect on the thermal performance of a home. In this video we talk to the team at Windowmakers Ltd about how aluminium joinery is made, and find out more about the options on the market. We also get to watch some of the construction of the windows that will be going into our Tiny House. Read more

DIY Cottage Style Tiny House – Revisited!

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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.

Cottage Style Tiny House

The new porch area makes a wonderful addition to their home, helping to create more indoor-outdoor flow and providing a bit of added protection from the elements. Read more

Installing A Corrugate Roof On A Tiny House (Part 1)

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In this video we look at how to install a corrugate roof on a Tiny House. The roof is an incredibly important part of any building and in order to have a water-tight house, it’s essential that you take your time and do things right. Thank-fully, we have the expert help of Alan Drayton from BioBuild Ltd to help us out. Read more

Inspiring Ideas for Outdoor Living

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If you are wanting to simplify your life, have a smaller mortgage, less debt, and live with more freedom, one of the best ways to accomplish this is to downsize.   You don’t need much in a home. Shelter, a place to rest your head at night, and a bit of storage for food and clothes and your off!  But the idea of living in a smaller space for many people is a frightening idea. Read more

Solar Hot Water For A Tiny House

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Solar Hot Water Install

We want our Tiny House to be a house of the future. I do not personally believe there is a future in fossil fuels, and so gas was ruled out as a water heating option in our home’s design. Electricity is the next most common, however when operating on a small photovoltaic system, we simply do not generate enough energy to be able to heat water. Even heating just 50 litres (13gal) of water to 60°C (140°F) will easily consume more than 3kw of electricity every day. So with those two options ruled out, we looked to solar water heating.

I have not seen too many examples of solar hot water being successfully integrated into the design of a Tiny House. There are many complications that can be involved with it. Perhaps one of the biggest issues is that all the commercially produced units are much too large to fit the scale of a Tiny House. The smallest off-the-shelf unit we found in NZ was a 180 litre (47.5 gallon) system. Because the systems are (mostly) manufactured overseas, they cannot be easily downscaled.

Thankfully, there is one company in New Zealand who actually manufactures the panels themselves. Solar Group have been fantastic to deal with, and have helped us find a custom, downsized solar water heating solution for our Tiny House.

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