Tiny House Concept Adapted Into Amazing Small Modern Home

This stunning small home in Wanaka, New Zealand is a perfect example of the influence that the tiny house movement is beginning to have on more conventional builds. After selling up their previous home, Will and Jen knew they wanted to go smaller and after being influenced by tiny Read more

40ft Shipping Containers Transformed Into Amazing Off-Grid Family Home

This incredible home has been constructed using two 40ft shipping containers, which have been placed slightly off-set from one another to form a large living space in the centre as well as seperate rooms at the ends. Built as a DIY project by owners Matt and Ilse, this off-the-grid Read more

Life On The Water In A Tiny House Boat

If you love tiny homes but also the freedom of living on a boat, this small floating house boat could just be the ideal solution for you. Designed by Ian Ugarte in collaboration with architect Drew Heath this house on the water is designed to be the ideal live-aboard home. Interestingly, Read more

Tiny Home With Luxury Bath-House Made From Recycled Windows

Emmet constructed his tiny home on wheels to be ultra portable. At only 4 meters (13ft) in length, it has absolutely everything he needs for a life on the road. When he found an incredible parking spot on an organic farm in the Byron Bay hinterland, he decided to Read more

Amazing Off-Grid Tiny House Has Absolutely Everything!

This tiny house has everything this young couple needs. It's set up to be completely off the grid, running on renewable energies. The home has solar power, captures it's own rain water, uses solar water heating and even generates it's own gas via a bio gas digester. The bio gas Read more

Minimalist Lives in Amazing Tiny House & Fits All His Belongings Into A Backpack

John Paul has designed an amazing life-style for himself by building a tiny house on wheels where he lives in the Blue Mountains, just outside of Sydney, Australia and a stealth camper van which doubles as a rent free central city apartment during the working week. After discovering while traveling just Read more

Spectacular Zen Inspired Dream Tiny House

Located in beautiful Byron Bay, Australia, this wonderful tiny home on wheels absolutely has it all. It's open, spacious and light while being filled with some truly wonderful spatial design features which makes it the perfect home for it's owners Kester and Nadia.  Aptly named the Zen Tiny House, the Read more

Debt-Free Family Life in a Zero Waste, Plant Based Tiny House

This young family's tiny house on wheels is unquestionably stunning. The cottage style home has been constructed to take full advantage of the incredible surrounding area and capitalise on the hot Australian weather by opening up the home to the garden for year-round outdoor living. The house itself is parked Read more

Building a Tiny House on Wheels! The Whole Project From Start To Finish

In this epic episode of Living Big in a Tiny House, we go deep into the process of constructing a tiny house on wheels as we follow the entire journey of our tiny home build with Tiny House Chattanooga. In this video, you'll see the entire project go from Read more

Living Big in a Tiny House: Our Traveling Tiny Home In North America

Together with the amazing team from Tiny House Chattanooga, we have built our very own tiny house on wheels in the United States of America! This incredible home on wheels is 16ft (5 meters) long and designed to travel while still being jam packed with clever design features which Read more

Next-Gen Geodesic Dome Greenhouse – Free Open Source Plans!

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Great design is often born from necessity. In the case of this incredible geodesic greenhouse dome, it is the necessity to re-localise our food supply and begin to build resilience back into our local communities and even into our own backyards. In the true spirit of helping to build a better world, the whole project of this next-generation geodesic dome greenhouse is also completely open source.  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

DIY Cottage Style Tiny House – Revisited!

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It’s been a year since we last caught up with Shaye and Tom in their tiny house and since that time a lot has changed! Their tiny abode has transformed into a wonderful home for their growing family, which now includes newborn daughter Hazel.

Cottage Style Tiny House

The new porch area makes a wonderful addition to their home, helping to create more indoor-outdoor flow and providing a bit of added protection from the elements. 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

Inspiring Ideas for Outdoor Living

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If you are wanting to simplify your life, have a smaller mortgage, less debt, and live with more freedom, one of the best ways to accomplish this is to downsize.   You don’t need much in a home. Shelter, a place to rest your head at night, and a bit of storage for food and clothes and your off!  But the idea of living in a smaller space for many people is a frightening idea. 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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Velux Roof Windows In Our Tiny House

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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