Tiny House With Amazing Rooftop Balcony

Situated amongst the vast beauty of the Mojave Desert, the Peacock tiny house looks right at home. Built by Rob Millar of Old Hippie Design, the house is filled with unique design features including an impressive roof-top balcony! The balcony area is accessible via impressively designed stairs which hand from Read more

Exquisitely Handcrafted Eco Tiny House

When you first walk into this home, it's hard not to be taken aback by its striking beauty. It's not often you come across a tiny house, or indeed any house for that matter that has been finished to such an incredibly high standard. Perhaps even rivalling the homes Read more

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

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.

Weatherboard Installation Part 1 – Overview

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It’s time to put some weatherboards on our house! In this video, Alan Drayton from BioBuild Ltd talks us through the process of installing the weatherboards for our Tiny House. This process is one of the most fantastic transformations, as it really begins to resemble a home.

There are many ways of installing weatherboards, and there are many weatherboard systems as Alan explains. The system that we are using is the Elements Vulcan + Cladding system from Abodo. This is a renewable alternative to Cedar cladding and it’s made locally in New Zealand form FSC certified Pine. Read more

City Living In A Pop Top Camper

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With house prices in Auckland City (New Zealand) going through the roof, 22 year old Lily Kemp decided to get a bit creative in order to escape the rent trap. For her, inspiration struck in the form of a vintage pop-top camper which she found on TradeMe (similar to ebay) for only $1,000.  Read more

Our Tiny House Build – Progress To Date

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When we first started down the path of building a tiny house, I thought that because of the small size of the house it would be a quick and simple job. After all, how long could it take to build a 15 square meter (161ft²) home? How complicated could it be? After our first few design meetings with our architect Johann and designer Eddie,  I already began to realise just how tricky it was going to be (especially trying to stay as close as possible to the living building challenge), how much research would be involved (with the best, eco-friendly materials to use that will also keep us underweight) and then how much time it would take to actually go through all the stages of construction. After all everything that you need to consider when constructing a full size house needs to be take into consideration in a tiny house build and more.

You still need a bathroom with all features, a functional kitchen, living room, entertainment, bedroom, joinery, plumbing, wiring – and then because it’s a tiny house you also need to look at trailer, tires, brakes system. We’re off the grid, so water collection, tanks, fireplace, composting toilet, solar panels, water heater, wetback, charge controller and batteries have all needed to be extensively researched and chosen also. All in all, what I thought would be a very simple project, very quickly got very complicated. Add to that the fact that we have also been filming the whole process, and wow – what a journey! Read more