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.
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
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.
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! 🙂
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
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
When one thinks of loft spaces, a variety of images may enter your mind. From cluttered and dusty attic spaces, to tree house fantasies. That is part of makes creating your own loft space so much fun.
Tiny Houses are unique in that nearly all have loft spaces, and it is an important and integral part of designing your tiny house. Read more
Purlins are horizontal support members that sit on top of the rafters. The roofing material is then fixed onto the purlins. In this video, Alan from Bio Build Ltd shows us the process behind fastening the purlins to the steel rafters of our Tiny House.
For this job we are using wooden (lawson cypress) purlins that measure 45x70mm. We chosen wooden purlins to assist in adding a thermal barrier between the roof and the steel. Lawson Cypress is sustainably grown here in New Zealand. It’s a very lightweight wood with a high tensile strength which makes it perfect for use in a Tiny House. Our Lawson Cypress is sourced from St. Lukes Timber. Read more