Building a Tiny House on Wheels! The Whole Project From Start To Finish

In this epic episode of Living Big in a Tiny House, we go deep into the process of constructing a tiny house on wheels as we follow the entire journey of our tiny home build with Tiny House Chattanooga. In this video, you'll see the entire project go from Read more

Living Big in a Tiny House: Our Traveling Tiny Home In North America

Together with the amazing team from Tiny House Chattanooga, we have built our very own tiny house on wheels in the United States of America! This incredible home on wheels is 16ft (5 meters) long and designed to travel while still being jam packed with clever design features which Read more

This Spectacular European Style Tiny House Even Has A Pizza Oven

This unbelievable tiny house is in a league entirely of it's own. Constructed by Florida couple Rebekah and Bob Sofia the home has a distinctly European style, where the pair fell in love with the design aesthetic during their travels. This home is packed with many features which are surprising Read more

Adorable Tiny House Built By Love, Family and Community

This is a true tiny house love story. A tale of how a house becomes not only a home but a character in someones life. When Karissa decided to build a tiny house for herself, her family, friends and community rallied in support to help make her build possible. Read more

70 Year Old Builds Innovative Off-Grid Tiny House For Debt Free Retirement

Imagine retiring with living costs so low that you can actually watch your bank account grow just from your government pension. For Peter Matheson who lives in an incredible off-the-grid, DIY-built tiny house, that translates to an abundance of freedom allowing him to live big in his retirement. Peter named Read more

Storybook Cottage By The Sea

This fantasy cottage is guaranteed to take your breath away. Masterfully constructed, this small home which is located on the shores of Vancouver Island , British Columbia truly looks as though it belongs in a storybook. The home is affectionally named Winckler Cottage, after it's owner Bruce Winckler, although Bruce's Read more

This Couple's Natural Eco Tiny House Is a True Stunner!

This tiny house is a true head turner. Made from natural, eco friendly materials and built by Tofino couple Alan and Venita entirely as a DIY project, this impressive home is filled with very clever design elements. The exterior is clad in a mixture of weatherboards and cedar shingles which give 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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Velux Roof Windows In Our Tiny House

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For a long time we have dreamed of being able to lie in bed at night and look at the stars through a skylight. Thanks to our new GGL CK04 roof windows form Velux, that dream is now a reality.

Situated on either side of our sleeping loft, the roof windows will bring in a lot of light and a sense of the outdoors into our loft, really helping to expand the small area and giving it a feeling of much greater space. Read more

Tiny House Evolution – Interview with Bryce on GreenPlanet FM

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I had a great time chatting with Tim Lynch from Green Planet FM on the subject of the Tiny House movement here in New Zealand. It’s so exciting to see interest so rapidly growing for the downsizing movement in our little country! In this interview we talk about our tiny house design, as well as the current trends that are causing people to re-evaluate their living situations.  Read More from Green Planet FM.

Merry Christmas & Thank-You!

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It’s Christmas time! We really wanted to take this chance to say a big thank-you to all of you who are following our story. 2014 has been a big year for us, and it’s so exciting to finally have our build underway after so long in the planning and research phase.

Next year is going to be an even bigger adventure, as we complete the house and downsize into 15 square meters! We’ve got lots of great new videos planned, and some very special new Tiny House tours also, including our own!

So, thank-you again for watching our videos and making Living Big in a Tiny House what it is! See you again in 2015! 🙂

The Principles of Precycling

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What Is Precycling?

In a world where an astonishing number of objects are made to be used once and then thrown away, sometimes it doesn’t feel like enough to just be recycling. This is where precycling comes in. The idea behind precycling is to reduce waste by avoiding items that will generate waste in the first place and therefore cutting off waste at it’s source and eliminating trash before it is created. When you’re living downsized, it’s a great practice to get into, as it will not only help you to reduce your environmental footprint, but it will also simplify your life by reducing the amount of waste you have to deal with.  Read more

Installing Building Wrap & Cavity Battens

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In this video, we take a look at how to install building wrap and cavity battens to the steel frame of our tiny house. Each and every step of this build is so exciting for us as we watch our house continuously transform, constantly bringing us closer to Tiny House living!  Read more