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

Adventurous Couple Build Brilliant Tiny House On Wheels

Oli and Holly are a couple who aren't afraid to break the norms. When they made the decision to build a Tiny House on wheels, this couple constructed a home that would truly suit them and their personalities. It's filled with quirky, unique features and clever spatial design.  The Tiny House Read more

Boat Builder's Incredible 20ft Shipping Container Home

A 20ft Shipping Container can be a challenging space to work with when constructing a home. Thankfully, with years of experience building super-yachts and racing boats, shipwright Evans is no stranger to working in small spaces and when it came to building his own home he has done a truly Read more

Life in a Magical Gypsy Vardo Style Caravan

  Gypsy Vardo Wagons have become something of a symbol of freedom. The home of the traveller, yet home none-the-less. For Frenchy, a young woman from Wellington, New Zealand who works in performance arts and frequently travels, building her own Gypsy-Vardo-Style Caravan was the ideal housing solution. Her wonderful caravan is Read more

Spectacular 40ft Small Shipping Container Home

When we first met Brenda Kelly from IQ Container Homes, she was living in a brilliantly designed 20ft Shipping Container home. Since then, she has completed her slightly larger shipping container home, which is constructed from a 40ft and 20ft shipping container that have been joined together. Immediately, it's hard 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

12 Beautiful & Creative Tiny House Lofts

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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

Installing Purlins on the Tiny House

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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

Space Saving Wall Christmas Tree Idea

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Space Saving Wall Christmas Tree

Recently we have been thinking of space saving ideas for Christmas trees. After all, just because our tiny house isn’t finished yet, doesn’t mean we can’t be festive, right? We were visiting a friends house when we saw this fantastic idea for a wall Christmas tree. Read more

The Transforming Castle Truck

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This incredible transforming house truck is one that you really have to see to believe. Completely folded up, it would look very similar to a regular house truck were it not for the two turrets on the back that give a hit of what it becomes. Once parked, the house truck completely folds out and transforms into a fantasy castle.

Castle Truck Folded For Travel

When traveling, the entire house truck is a compact and tidy package. The roof retracts, the sides of the walls fold in, the turrets rotate inwards and it’s ready to go. When compacted for travel mode, the house easily meets all the minimum road clearances and is therefore very easy to travel with.  Read more

Moving Our Tiny House To The Build Site

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It’s time to move the Tiny House! The team at FRAMECAD have done an incredible job with steel framing the Tiny House. We have got the tick of approval from the engineer and that means it’s time to hit the road and move the house to the build site to begin roofing and cladding.

Our builder, Alan from Bio Build, has a truck which is perfectly suited to towing the house and expertly navigated the streets to bring the Tiny House safely to it’s new home. Read more

Old Fire Engine Turned Into House Truck

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Fire Engine House Truck Side View

This week we were in the Golden Bay area (towards the top of the South Island of New Zealand) when we stumbled upon this incredible house truck that has been converted from an old fire engine. We couldn’t help but to stop and take a look! Read more

10 Unique Storage Ideas For Your Tiny House

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Tiny House Storage Ideas

If you’re about ready to take the plunge into building your own Tiny House, then you already know that storage, or rather the lack there of, is one of the main concerns for would be Tiny House builders. In today’s culture, we are use to ‘bigger is better’ and ‘more is better’ mantras, which means we end up accumulating a lot of stuff. For many people this accumulation can seem almost overwhelming. A constant flow of clutter that seems impossible to maintain. So when it comes to the idea of living in a Tiny House, one could understand how such a small space would seem claustrophobic and overwhelming.   And indeed it would be! If we applied the same consumer mentality to Tiny House living. Read more