Master Craftsman In Japan Builds Amazing Tiny House On Wheels

Tagami Haruhiko is a true craftsman. It was an absolute honour for me to have the opportunity to visit with him at his tiny house work-shop and home in Nakatsu, Japan to learn about his craft, his design concepts and also the philosophy behind the spectacular homes that he creates. Mr. Read more

Majestic Off-Grid Cabin In The Japanese Mountains

There is something undoubtably romantic about the idea of retreating to a little cabin in the woods. This notion has been wonderfully encapsulated by this spectacular off-the-grid cabin, which is hidden amongst the rural mountains of Sakuho, Japan.  Externally, the cabin is a wonderful fusion of Japanese architecture and European style. Read more

Breathtakingly Beautiful Japanese Tiny House on Wheels

It's possible that this is one of the smallest homes that we have visited on the show so far and yet without doubt it is one of the most spectacular in it's design. Japan is a country already world-famous for it's small space designs, and so it should come Read more

Life in a Crazy Small 8m2 Tokyo Apartment

Japan is famous throughout the world for it's high population, cramped living conditions and downsized architecture. Even by Japanese standards though, this tiny Tokyo apartment is a lot smaller than usual. At only 8 square meters (82 square feet) this simple home is so small that it's occupant Emma is Read more

The Top 5 Living Big Tiny Houses of 2016

2016 has been an incredible year. I've thoroughly enjoyed bringing you tours of all the amazing tiny houses I've discovered on my travels this year. Here is a list of my favourite 5! What home was your favourite this year? Be sure to let me know in the comments below. Read more

The Tiny Housewives Tiny House

Ness and Jess are two incredible ladies. After moving to New Zealand, they decided to begin their new life in a strange country by building a Tiny House on wheels. With minimal building experience but lots of passion, this dynamic duo have designed and constructed a true tiny masterpiece. There's no doubt Read more

12 Beautiful & Creative Tiny House Lofts

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When one thinks of loft spaces, a variety of images may enter your mind. From cluttered and dusty attic spaces, to tree house fantasies. That is part of makes creating your own loft space so much fun.

Tiny Houses are unique in that nearly all have loft spaces, and it is an important and integral part of designing your tiny house. Read more

Installing Purlins on the Tiny House

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Purlins are horizontal support members that sit on top of the rafters. The roofing material is then fixed onto the purlins. In this video, Alan from Bio Build Ltd shows us the process behind fastening the purlins to the steel rafters of our Tiny House.

For this job we are using wooden (lawson cypress) purlins that measure 45x70mm. We chosen wooden purlins to assist in adding a thermal barrier between the roof and the steel. Lawson Cypress is sustainably grown here in New Zealand. It’s a very lightweight wood with a high tensile strength which makes it perfect for use in a Tiny House. Our Lawson Cypress is sourced from St. Lukes Timber. Read more

Space Saving Wall Christmas Tree Idea

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Space Saving Wall Christmas Tree

Recently we have been thinking of space saving ideas for Christmas trees. After all, just because our tiny house isn’t finished yet, doesn’t mean we can’t be festive, right? We were visiting a friends house when we saw this fantastic idea for a wall Christmas tree. Read more

The Transforming Castle Truck

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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 house truck completely folds out and transforms into a fantasy castle.

Castle Truck Folded For Travel

When traveling, the entire house truck is a compact and tidy package. The roof retracts, the sides of the walls fold in, the turrets rotate inwards and it’s ready to go. When compacted for travel mode, the house easily meets all the minimum road clearances and is therefore very easy to travel with.  Read more

Moving Our Tiny House To The Build Site

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It’s time to move the Tiny House! The team at FRAMECAD have done an incredible job with steel framing the Tiny House. We have got the tick of approval from the engineer and that means it’s time to hit the road and move the house to the build site to begin roofing and cladding.

Our builder, Alan from Bio Build, has a truck which is perfectly suited to towing the house and expertly navigated the streets to bring the Tiny House safely to it’s new home. Read more

Old Fire Engine Turned Into House Truck

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Fire Engine House Truck Side View

This week we were in the Golden Bay area (towards the top of the South Island of New Zealand) when we stumbled upon this incredible house truck that has been converted from an old fire engine. We couldn’t help but to stop and take a look! Read more

10 Unique Storage Ideas For Your Tiny House

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Tiny House Storage Ideas

If you’re about ready to take the plunge into building your own Tiny House, then you already know that storage, or rather the lack there of, is one of the main concerns for would be Tiny House builders. In today’s culture, we are use to ‘bigger is better’ and ‘more is better’ mantras, which means we end up accumulating a lot of stuff. For many people this accumulation can seem almost overwhelming. A constant flow of clutter that seems impossible to maintain. So when it comes to the idea of living in a Tiny House, one could understand how such a small space would seem claustrophobic and overwhelming.   And indeed it would be! If we applied the same consumer mentality to Tiny House living. Read more

Steel Framing With FRAMECAD: Connections

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Securing the Tiny House to the trailer is one of the most vital elements to get right. In this video we show how our tiny house is secured to the trailer and also take a look at the various screws and connections that FRAMECAD have used to make sure our Tiny House is ready for whatever the road and the elements will throw at it! Read more