Master Craftsman In Japan Builds Amazing Tiny House On Wheels

Tagami Haruhiko is a true craftsman. It was an absolute honour for me to have the opportunity to visit with him at his tiny house work-shop and home in Nakatsu, Japan to learn about his craft, his design concepts and also the philosophy behind the spectacular homes that he creates. Mr. Read more

Majestic Off-Grid Cabin In The Japanese Mountains

There is something undoubtably romantic about the idea of retreating to a little cabin in the woods. This notion has been wonderfully encapsulated by this spectacular off-the-grid cabin, which is hidden amongst the rural mountains of Sakuho, Japan.  Externally, the cabin is a wonderful fusion of Japanese architecture and European style. Read more

Breathtakingly Beautiful Japanese Tiny House on Wheels

It's possible that this is one of the smallest homes that we have visited on the show so far and yet without doubt it is one of the most spectacular in it's design. Japan is a country already world-famous for it's small space designs, and so it should come Read more

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

Building A DIY Rope Bridge

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With the platforms for both the Belle Tent and the Bathroom Hut complete, a rope bridge was the obvious choice to join the two. In this video we take a look at the completed platforms and show you how we constructed the bridge. This has been one of the most fun things to build. You can really let your creativity run wild. It’s like building a fort for adults! Read more

DIY Deck Platform For A Belle Tent (Or A Yurt)

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In the past, people haven’t really viewed tents as a viable option for full time living. High quality canvas tents such as the Lotus Belle Tent are changing that perception and we are really excited to have the opportunity to test out this form of simple, low-impact living. Already these tents are incredibly popular as part of the ‘glamping’ movement, but we are keen to show that they can be much more than just a camping tent! Read more

Magical Hobbit-Like Eco Cave House

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Underhill is an incredible hobbit-home like, eco-cave house built into the hillside of a Waikato (New Zealand) farm. The house is cleverly constructed to resemble a cave. With no electricity in the house, the stone, wood and rustic features truly make you feel like you’re stepping back in time. Read more

Tiny House Plans For Internal Fit-Out

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We’re almost totally enclosed in our tiny house and will soon be moving onto the internal fit-out. We thought this was a great opportunity to show you around the house so far and what we have planned for the inside! Read more

Weatherboard Installation Part 2 – Corner Boxes

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Once all of your weatherboards have been installed, it’s time to look finishing off the corners nicely. There are a number of ways of doing this, but in our case we are using corner boxes. Abodo do supply ready made corner boxes, but as we have 45° corners, we need to make those ourselves. To keep all the boxes uniform, it means we have to make all of our own corners.

In this video, Jacob Drayton from BioBuild shows us how to make and install the corner boxes.

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How To Install Window Head Flashings

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In this video Alan from BioBuild Ltd shows us how to install the window head flashing. Read more

Where To Park A Tiny House

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With our Tiny House approaching completion, we have started looking into potential house sites. In our case there are a few criteria that the site needs to meet.  Read more

Weatherboard Installation Part 2 – Joins

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In an ideal situation, you’ll be able to find weatherboards that are able to span the length of your house which means you don’t need to worry about joining them. In most cases though, that’s not possible. Our weatherboards come in lengths of 4.5 meters, which means we will be needing joins in our longer sections.

In this video, Jacob Drayton from BioBuild takes us through the process of joining weatherboards.

Remember, there are many different kinds of weatherboards out there, all with different profiles and requirements. Make sure you get advice from the manufacturer as to how to correctly join the type that you have.