From Fame To Forest - Rockstar's Magical Woodland Cabin

Alban "Snoopy" Pfisterer is perhaps best known as the original drummer for the rock band Love, which rose to fame in the late 60's. After his time in the public eye, he retreated to a spectacular property in the Pacific Northwest where he was able to find privacy and Read more

This Enchanting Cabin in the Forest Will Leave You Breathless

Standing amongst the sea of green that is the forest of Olympia, this whimsical cabin appears to have fallen onto the land directly from the pages of a storybook. Built by the inspiring Jacob Witzling, a math-teacher by trade, the cabin was designed to be beautiful yet unassuming, nestling perfectly Read more

Astounding Tiny House With Downstairs Master Bedroom

At only 24 feet in length (7 meters) this tiny house has been designed to include some extremely impressive features. Built by Asheville couple Andrew and Rachel the home is designed to comfortably accomodate their small family while also being future-proofed for retirement. The exterior of the home is clad Read more

Creative Couple's Stunning Tiny House Cost Only $17k!

Built for only US$17,000 this young couple's tiny house is certainly an incredible achievement. The home, constructed by Asheville, NC couple David and Catherine, was built mostly using reclaimed or recycled materials and is filled with clever design elements to truly make the home their own. An ideal parking space for Read more

Incredible Tiny House Cafe Is A True Work Of Art

Beautiful to behold, this spectacular tiny house cafe is a remarkable specimen of skilled labour and artistic vision. Chantal and Mike are a truly dynamic duo, one with a dream of starting a boutique coffee shop and the other with a zeal for eco-tiny house building. When these unique Read more

School Bus Converted To Incredible Off-Grid Home

This school bus to tiny home conversion could easily be one of the most impressive we have seen so far. When standing inside this home, it's hard to believe that you're actually in a vehicle! That's largely thanks to some great design mixed with skilful execution of the conversion, Read more

Tiny House With Amazing Rooftop Balcony

Situated amongst the vast beauty of the Mojave Desert, the Peacock tiny house looks right at home. Built by Rob Millar of Old Hippie Design, the house is filled with unique design features including an impressive roof-top balcony! The balcony area is accessible via impressively designed stairs which hand from Read more

Spectacular 40ft Small Shipping Container Home

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When we first met Brenda Kelly from IQ Container Homes, she was living in a brilliantly designed 20ft Shipping Container home. Since then, she has completed her slightly larger shipping container home, which is constructed from a 40ft and 20ft shipping container that have been joined together. Read more

Less Is More: The Tiny House Movement

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Tiny House Infographic

The tiny house trend is on the rise with more and more individuals, couples, and families choosing to trade in space for simplicity. And from college grads to retirees the appeal of a miniature home spans the ages. Shrinking square footage not only cuts down on chores — it’s a lifestyle change all about living with less and decreasing environmental impact over time. Thanks to the folks at Custom Made for this great infographic. Read more

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.

The Big Tiny by Dee Williams – Book Review & Contest

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When I was asked to review The Big Tiny by Dee Williams, I jumped at the chance! Dee has been a huge inspiration for me on my own tiny house journey and so I was only too happy to have a read of her book.

Of course I was not at all disappointed, Dee is wonderfully charming, funny and completely honest in recounting her experience of building and living in a tiny house.

You can pick up a copy of The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by clicking this link.

We are giving away a copy of her book this week, so head over to our Facebook page, like and share this video to be in-to-win.

The winner will be drawn on the 29th of April 2014 and posted on Facebook.

For more about our own Tiny House adventures, please subscribe to us on YouTube and visit our website at http://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com

Our Tiny House Trailer Build Continues!

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This week our Tiny House trailer build continues! We check in to see how construction is progressing and Ian from Monoway gives Bryce a lesson in welding.

If you’re not already following us on Facebook, make sure you connect with us to keep up-to-date with the latest progress! Lots more exciting things to come!

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Our Tiny House Trailer Build Begins

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Construction of our Tiny House trailer is now underway! This is a really exciting moment for us, as it marks the beginning of our new home build. You could say, it’s like laying the foundations of a regular house.

Specially designed by Munford Industries Monoway, our trailer is jam packed with features that make it uniquely designed for the next generation of Tiny House.

To find out more about our trailer design, watch our video: All About Tiny House Trailers

Come and visit us at the Sustainable City Showcase!

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Bryce, Mel & The tiny house team will be at the Sustainable City Showcase and we would love for you to come down and meet us. We can talk tiny houses, you can check out the progress of our design and ask any questions you have about our off grid, tiny house project.

The Showcase is on the 17th to the 19th of October at The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland. For more info check out their website.

Meeting in the Middle

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Many ‘eco houses’ that are built today, are trying to find sustainable solutions to an unsustainable way of life. We realise that our current habits of overconsumption can only go on for so long, but instead of making changes to our own lifestyles to help find solutions, we as a society are still looking to technology.

With our Tiny House project, we feel it’s about meeting in the middle. By using some of the latest solar energy technologies, we are able to have all our needs taken care of and more, especially when we make some simple lifestyle changes that drastically reduce what we need to consume.