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

Adventurous Couple Build Brilliant Tiny House On Wheels

Oli and Holly are a couple who aren't afraid to break the norms. When they made the decision to build a Tiny House on wheels, this couple constructed a home that would truly suit them and their personalities. It's filled with quirky, unique features and clever spatial design.  The Tiny House Read more

Boat Builder's Incredible 20ft Shipping Container Home

A 20ft Shipping Container can be a challenging space to work with when constructing a home. Thankfully, with years of experience building super-yachts and racing boats, shipwright Evans is no stranger to working in small spaces and when it came to building his own home he has done a truly Read more

Life in a Magical Gypsy Vardo Style Caravan

  Gypsy Vardo Wagons have become something of a symbol of freedom. The home of the traveller, yet home none-the-less. For Frenchy, a young woman from Wellington, New Zealand who works in performance arts and frequently travels, building her own Gypsy-Vardo-Style Caravan was the ideal housing solution. Her wonderful caravan is Read more

Spectacular 40ft Small Shipping Container Home

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. Immediately, it's hard 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

Steel Framing With FRAMECAD: Erecting the Frame

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It’s time for the steel frame of our Tiny House to be erected and attached to the trailer! In this video, the amazing team at FRAMECAD show us just how efficient steel framing can be, as we watch the whole house frame go up in a matter of hours! Read more

Tiny House Stairs & Ladders

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Tiny House Stairs vs Ladders

One of the most popular debates in tiny house land is between stairs and ladders. The truth is, that it really is a matter of personal preference and both have their advantages and disadvantages. Stairs and ladders was one of our most discussed topics while designing our house and in the end, for good reason, we chose to incorporate both into our design. Read more

Steel Framing With FRAMECAD

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We found that steel framing was most suitable for our Tiny House build. There are a lot of benefits to framing with steel, most important to the construction of a house on wheels of course is the fact it is very light weight.

The team at FRAMECAD have been brilliant and have helped us every step of the way with the framing. They have taken our drawings, worked out all the framing detail and also the engineering to make sure that it’s a safe and stable structure. 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

Spectacular 20ft Off-The-Grid Tiny Shipping Container House

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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.

Outside the Container House

Brenda Kelly has been passionate about shipping container homes for as long as she can remember, and has been drawing designs for most of her life. Her passion and eye for great design can be seen throughout the fantastic features of this tiny home. From the outside, you can see she has used only 4 of the 6 meters of the shipping container, allowing her to keep it under 10 square meters (107 sq ft) and thus not requiring council consent. Read more

Tiny House Floor Installation (Part 2)

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With the floor now securely in place on the trailer, it’s time to get it looking good! In this video we show how to plug the holes in the trailer that have been left by the screws and then how to sand and oil the floor. If you have missed the first video of our floor installation, you can check that out here.

Floor Install Before & After

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Growing Food in Small Spaces

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There’s a big misconception that you need a lot of space in order to grow your own organic food. The truth is that you would be amazed at just how much food can be grown in a tiny area. Fresh, organic produce is fantastic for your health, and working with plants is actually extremely therapeutic. So, if you’re living downsized there’s still no excuse to not be growing food in your small space!

Sprouting Jars

One of the easiest (and also most effective) ways of growing food in small spaces is sprouting. This can be done in jars or in specially designed sprouting machines. Either way, the sprouts allow you to grow a nutrient dense food that is fantastic for juicing, adding to salads or even just eaten on their own as a snack. Read more