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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.