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

Life In The Trees With The Treehouse Masters

There is something about the idea of a treehouse that truly captures the imagination. For builders, it's a licence to let their creativity run wild and construct something which is playful and adventurous. For years now the team at Nelson Treehouse and Supply (better known as the Treehouse Masters Read more

From Fame To Forest - Rockstar's Magical Woodland Cabin

Alban "Snoopy" Pfisterer is perhaps best known as the original drummer for the rock band Love, which rose to fame in the late 60's. After his time in the public eye, he retreated to a spectacular property in the Pacific Northwest where he was able to find privacy and Read more

This Enchanting Cabin in the Forest Will Leave You Breathless

Standing amongst the sea of green that is the forest of Olympia, this whimsical cabin appears to have fallen onto the land directly from the pages of a storybook. Built by the inspiring Jacob Witzling, a math-teacher by trade, the cabin was designed to be beautiful yet unassuming, nestling perfectly Read more

Astounding Tiny House With Downstairs Master Bedroom

At only 24 feet in length (7 meters) this tiny house has been designed to include some extremely impressive features. Built by Asheville couple Andrew and Rachel the home is designed to comfortably accomodate their small family while also being future-proofed for retirement. The exterior of the home is clad Read more

Creative Couple's Stunning Tiny House Cost Only $17k!

Built for only US$17,000 this young couple's tiny house is certainly an incredible achievement. The home, constructed by Asheville, NC couple David and Catherine, was built mostly using reclaimed or recycled materials and is filled with clever design elements to truly make the home their own. An ideal parking space for Read more

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.

The Journey Begins!

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Does living in a Tiny House help make room for a bigger life? Join us on our journey to find out!

Together with a talented architectural team, we are pushing tiny house design in New Zealand to the next level.

The project will not just follow us through the whole design and build process, but also the first six months of living in our new tiny house.

It will also follow the whole process of living a downsized, eco friendly life.

Design Underway

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The design of the tiny house is now underway! Under the supervision of Johann Bernhardt, a team of three brilliant sustainable architecture students is taking a fresh look at Tiny Houses.

Now, the Tiny House isn’t a new concept, and we are not completely re-inventing the wheel here. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, however, New Zealand’s unique conditions mean there are many changes that need to be incorporated into the design. There are also lots of ways that current designs can be improved. This is also an opportunity to really push the boundary in terms of environmentally sustainable design, and we aim to incorporate as many eco friendly products as possible.

Many of the systems that the house will use are being specially designed for the project, so get ready to see some great kiwi innovation! Lots more to come soon. 🙂

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