The Stunning Tiny Earth House 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 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 construction, 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

Beautiful Tiny House in Eco Community

EarthSong Eco-Neighbourhood has long been at the cutting edge of sustainable design and urban permaculture. It's for that very reason that it should be no surprise to discover that EarthSong is also now home to one of New Zealand's first Tiny Houses. At just over 11 square meters, Connie Kristensen Read more

Amazing, Off-Grid, Modern Tiny House Tour

At 15 Square meters and completely off-grid, Brett Sutherland has constructed a true, 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 of NZ$21,000. The Tiny House 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

Living Simply in a Wonderful Tiny House Truck

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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?

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Wayne and Anita are a wonderful couple who have chosen simplicity over complexity, and freedom over debt and stress. Over six months ago, they made the decision to downsize their life and live permanently on the road in their wonderful tiny house truck.

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Wayne works part time as a gardener, bringing in enough income to sustain a modest life, filled with simple pleasures.

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Their home is around 4 x 2.5 meters (13x8ft) and contains everything they need. A sleeping loft with storage underneath, a lovely kitchen, woodstove and spacious living area.

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A bathroom is set up in a tent outside their home, giving them more space inside the living room, where they eat, relax, entertain and spend the evenings enjoying nature, and each other’s company.

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Together, they have found a fantastic balance of life, work and freedom that allows them to grow as people, and make the most out of the things that truly matter to them.

The Stunning Tiny Earth House Domes of Solscape

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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.

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The Earth Domes were built using a technique called earth-bag construction, where sturdy sacks are filled with material such as rock, sand and clay and then compacted down. The buildings each have a ferrocement roof and are finished off with a lime plaster.

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Together, these two domes were constructed for less than NZ$10,000.00. That figure includes all costs such as transport of materials and even food for the team.  A remarkably low-cost and yet still stunningly beautiful build.

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Although they are currently used as accommodation at Solscape Eco Retreat, it’s easy to see how easily these could be turned into spectacular, permanent tiny and ultra affordable earth houses with mezzanine sleeping loft, kitchen, bathroom and lounge areas.

SOLSCAPE-04These natural, tiny homes are a wonderful example, not only of the beauty of natural building, but also the inherent power for us all to be able to affordably build our own homes, and create safe, non-toxic housing, in a way that is not harmful to the environment and actually helps to enhance the natural landscape.

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New Videos Coming Soon

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Over the past few weeks, Mel and I have been flat out working on another really exciting project. We’ve been out of Auckland, in the wild and even filming with helicopters, which has been a fantastic experience!

We haven’t been able to film any updates recently, but we are back now and in full swing of filming. We’ve got some of our house updates coming up, and have also lined up some amazing new tiny house tours! These next few months will be very exciting!

Thanks for staying with us!  - Bryce

 

Tiny House Trailer Build Update: Galvanizing

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Steel is used in the construction of our Tiny House trailer due to its inherent strength, however as a metal it is susceptible to rust when left unprotected in the elements. Naturally, as the trailer is the foundation of a Tiny House, it’s important that it doesn’t rust out form under you!

Galvanizing is a process where a protective zinc coating is added to the steel to prevent rusting. It provides much more protection than simply painting the steel, as it actually bonds to the surface, changing the metallurgy. Perhaps even more importantly, it coats the inside of box sections, meaning that the entire Tiny House trailer is protected, and won’t rust from the inside out.

Unfortunately, we were unable to accompany our Tiny House trailer to Perry Metal Protection in Hamilton (where they have the largest hot-dip tank in the country and the only one that is able to fit our trailer), but the good folks at Perry Metal Protection in Auckland gave us a great tour of their facility and showed us how everything works.

To find out more about Galvanizing, visit Perry Metal Protection.

For more information about Tiny House Trailers check out Monoway Trailers.

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