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

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.

Tiny House Team Hit The RV Supershow

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This week the team visits the Covi Motorhome, Caravan and Outdoor Supershow in search of inspiration and ideas for the Tiny House build.

The show is an amazing opportunity to see a lot of clever spatial designs and talk to companies that have relevant products.

Calling Innovative NZ Companies!

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We are calling out to innovative, eco-minded New Zealand Companies companies who feel they have products that could work in our Tiny House. From building materials, to fittings and appliances. Our Tiny House is being constructed in accordance with the Living Building Challenge (https://ilbi.org/lbc) which means that the materials that go into the build have to meet a strict set of criteria.

Our Tiny House Inspiration

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As we push forward with our tiny house build, we are finding a lot of inspiring ideas on the internet. Whenever we come across a design feature, or something that we think might work well in the house, we post it onto our Pinterest page.

Follow Our Tiny House Project On Pinterest

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As we discover new things on the internet, we are posting inspirational Tiny House ideas to our Pinterest boards. Here you will find ideas for materials, technologies and design / decorating ideas. Take a look and make sure you follow us at NZ Tiny House!

Johann Bernhardt Talks Tiny Houses

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Johann Bernhardt is the director of Bernhardt Architecture Ltd. He lectures on sustainable design and building at the University of Auckland, runs the Auckland office of the Building Biology and Ecology Institute and is the author of the book ‘A Deeper Shade of Green – Sustainable Urban Development, Building and Architecture in New Zealand’.

Johann leads our Tiny House design team, and in this video talks about minimalism, the Tiny House movement, why it appeals to him, and why the Tiny Houses may represent a valid solution for the future of building in New Zealand.

Experimenting With Space

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When designing a Tiny House, space is everything and the limited amount of area we have to work in means that we have to be careful about each decision we make.

It’s one thing to draw ideas down on paper, but it’s even better to be able to walk through and experience that space for yourself! Thankfully, with such a small house, that’s easy to do.

Our Tiny House Design Objectives!

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The first of our weekly update videos! In this episode we talk about the design objectives for our Tiny House and see some of the discussions with our design team about possible features and technologies that may be used.

It may seem simple to design a tiny house, but in actual fact, because the space is so small, a lot more thought has to go into the design, and attention must be paid to every detail.