Fantastic Big Tiny House With Open Plan Design

At 20 square meters (215 square feet) Student Tiny House builder Stefan Cook really has created a very big Tiny House.


Stefan’s Tiny House has largely been constructed from salvaged materials from homes in Christchurch that were demolished after the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. He saw it as an opportunity to obtain many high quality building materials (especially windows and doors) at a great price.


The house has a wonderful open plan design that really makes the space of the (already large) tiny house feel even bigger. When standing at one end of the house, you can see right to the other, giving the impression of being not in a tiny house, but rather a very large room.


The sleeping loft in the tiny house is a massive 4 meters in length, which really gives a very comfortable living / rest space. This tiny house loft is even equipped with it’s own laundry chute!

Tiny House Breakfast Bar

We will be catching up with Stefan later on in the year to see the Tiny House when it’s finished. To follow Stefan’s Build and find out more about his build journey visit A Biggish Tiny House on Facebook.

Posted on by Bryce Posted in Tiny House Tours

About Bryce

Bryce Langston is a New Zealand based actor, musician, filmmaker and environmentalist who has spent the past five years travelling the globe exploring the Tiny House movement as the creator and host of the popular online web series Living Big in a Tiny House

12 Responses to Fantastic Big Tiny House With Open Plan Design

  1. miriam

    Hi bryce! I saw a tour from britt sutherland and fell in love with that tiny house! what is his website! and also how can i find out if i can build one in california? I love your work and how you help others and yourself through these vids. miriam

  2. kathy

    Great concept

  3. Terry Hohaia

    Nice work and very inspiring.

  4. Katherine

    What a sweet little abode! I’m an Aussie planning to build my own tiny house in Christchurch.

    How do you find the land on which to put your house? Do you rent space in someone’s garden? My plan is to have a veggie garden and some chickens for free-range eggs, so I don’t know how to find land (without buying it) where I could do that.

    • Bryce

      There are lots of options for finding land, especially if you enjoy gardening and don’t mind being a bit out of town. Many people with lifestyle blocks struggle to manage the properties themselves and welcome Tiny House owners on their land in exchange for some help keeping it maintained. Especially if you don’t mind sharing some of your garden produce! Just ask around. Put the word out that you are looking for a space and see what comes back.

  5. beejsteph

    Very Nice…I Agree With Other Comments On The Adding The Screen By Using The Magnetic Inlay If You Have To…You Certainly Don’t Want Critters Other Than Your Own Dog Or Cat Etc!! 🙂 Keep Up The Great Work!! Hoping You Are Giving Other Residents Of Your Fair City…Tips And Ideas And Maybe Even A Helping Hand In Building Something Like This For Themselves As Well!! 🙂

  6. Tarnsy

    Looking at those great tri-fold windows I just think, “what about bugs?”. And then I wonder, what about an optional screen to place after opening it and how could that word? Well what about a magnetic screen?

    It could be inlaid, it could roll up or lay out to store, and the magnets against an inlay would be a good seal for something you just decide to toss up or not depending on whether and insects in the local environment.

    Love the space. Great work eh!

    • Tarnsy


  7. Donna arrington

    Timely design

  8. William Lipscomb

    Are you using Hurricane strapping or other techniques to stabilize when towing? How are protecting the front window from damage during towing. Shed is a great idea. Had pop up trailer with front storage space. Love all the small design features. Kept out the good work. All I can do is look. Where I live there are serious sq footage restrictions.

  9. Stephen Gee

    Really inspiring.
    Thank you.
    I’m a kiwi living overseas and dreaming of returning to NZ to build and live in a tiny house. Videos and articles like this keep my dream alive.
    Kia Kaha!


      Good luck with your Tiny House, nothing gives me more pleasure than building something and I’m shure you will get great pleasure also.

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