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

Tiny House Solar Hot Water Installation (Part 1)

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Our solar system is being installed on the Tiny House! In this video, we meet the team from Solar Group and watch the first part of our solar install.

Because the roof of our Tiny House is so small, we needed a custom solution so both the hot water tank and the solar panel could fit on the roof. Thankfully, Roy and the team from Solar Group were up to the challenge! 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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