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

Beautiful DIY Cottage Style Tiny House

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Shaye and Tom’s Tiny House is nothing short of spectacular. Nestled amongst the bush in West Auckland, New Zealand it fits perfectly into it’s landscape, and feels light, spacious and warm. It’s obviously a house that has been built with love.

There are not too many Tiny House’s in New Zealand, and this was our first chance to visit one that’s already being lived in and get a feel for what the space may be like in our own Tiny House.

To find out more about Shaye and Tom’s Tiny House & Earth Building Adventures, make sure you check them out here.

All About Tiny House Trailers

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The trailer is the foundation of a Tiny House, so it’s important to get the design right! In this video, we talk to our custom trailer manufacturer Ian, from Munford Industries about building a Tiny House trailer in New Zealand.

If you’re starting your own Tiny House build in New Zealand, this is the first place you should head!

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.

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!