This Dream Tiny House Is A Total Game Changer

This stunning tiny house on wheels is packed full of absolutely game changing design! There is a saying in architecture that you should build your first home for your enemy, the second for your friend and the third for yourself. Good design takes time and practice to get things Read more

Top Storage Ideas For Tiny Houses

This week, we take a look back over some of our past episodes to highlight some of the best storage ideas for tiny homes. Even if you're a minimalist, you still need some stuff! When designing a tiny house, it's essential that you build in enough storage space so Read more

Incredible BIG Modern Tiny House With Amazing Storage

This stunning Hampton-style tiny house on wheels in Queensland, Australia is absolutely packed full of super clever design ideas! At 12 meters (39ft) in length, this home on wheels is big as far as tiny homes go and each and every inch of the home has been ingeniously utilised Read more

Stunning Modern Tiny House In Queensland

Stunningly constructed and packed full of brilliant small space design ideas, this modern tiny house on wheels situated in Queensland, Australia is definitely one that you're going to want to check out! Amy and Greg discovered the tiny house movement online and quickly fell in love with the idea of Read more

Tiny House Life in Lockdown 🔒

It's crazy times around the globe as the world goes into lockdown in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19. In this video, we check in with some of our tiny house family around the globe to see how they are dealing with life in a tiny house Read more

Stunning Modern, Minimalist Tiny House

Stylish, modern and ultra minimal, this beautiful, architecturally designed tiny house is sure to impress. From is all-black metal exterior to it's minimalist plywood interior, this solar-powered home is one you are definitely going to want to check out! Kelly has spent a lot of time hiking, and her main Read more

Pro-Gamer Builds Epic Tiny House With Crazy Computer Set-up

One of the reasons that I've always loved tiny houses is that they can really open up options for following passions in life. Reduced living costs can free up money and time resources in order to follow hobbies and even alternative career paths. In this weeks episode, we meet Read more

Mind-Blowing Ultra-Compact Eco Tiny House

This mind blowing tiny house on wheels is without a doubt one of the most clever designs we have seen on the show so far! In this episode, we explore the homes of Cahute in France, where builder Thomas is constructing beautiful, ultra-compact and eco friendly tiny houses on Read more

Woman Builds £1000 Tiny Earthen Home To Live Close To Nature In Welsh Woods

 In this weeks episode, we venture into the wild woods of Wales to meet a remarkable woman who lives close to nature, in an earthen home which she constructed herself for only £1000. Here, she lives without electricity, running water, the internet or even a telephone, yet insists that Read more

17 Year Old Builds Tiny House For Only £6,000!

Amazingly, Tom was only 17 years old when he bought a trailer and began construction of his very own tiny house on wheels. He had just began a building apprenticeship and set about taking the skills he was learning on the job and applying them to the construction of Read more

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

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

Tiny House Solar Hot Water Installation (Part 1)

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Our solar system is being installed on the Tiny House! In this video, we meet the team from Solar Group and watch the first part of our solar install.

Because the roof of our Tiny House is so small, we needed a custom solution so both the hot water tank and the solar panel could fit on the roof. Thankfully, Roy and the team from Solar Group were up to the challenge! Read more

How To Install Window Flashing & Windows

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This week our house moves one step closer to being completely enclosed as our windows are installed! In this video, Alan from BioBuild Ltd shows us how to install the window flashings, sill support bar and the windows themselves. Read more

How Aluminium Joinery Is Made: Windowmakers Ltd

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Windows and doors make up a very important part in the design of any house. They also have a very large effect on the thermal performance of a home. In this video we talk to the team at Windowmakers Ltd about how aluminium joinery is made, and find out more about the options on the market. We also get to watch some of the construction of the windows that will be going into our Tiny House. Read more

Installing A Corrugate Roof On A Tiny House (Part 1)

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In this video we look at how to install a corrugate roof on a Tiny House. The roof is an incredibly important part of any building and in order to have a water-tight house, it’s essential that you take your time and do things right. Thank-fully, we have the expert help of Alan Drayton from BioBuild Ltd to help us out. Read more

Solar Hot Water For A Tiny House

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Solar Hot Water Install

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.

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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