Architect Builds Incredible Off-The-Grid Tiny Home To Avoid High House Prices

As an architect, Doug is used to designing large and spectacular homes. When it came to his own house, he decided to do something a bit different and challenged himself with going a lot smaller and designing and building a tiny house on wheels. With the benefit of his Read more

Old Railway Carriage Converted Into Stunning Off-Grid Home

When Mandy saw the two railway carriages which sat rotting away on a property she was looking to purchase it was love at first sight. Despite their derelict state she saw their potential to be transformed into an incredible home. After 8 years of part time renovation work, the Read more

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

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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outdoor living ideas trasnform yard fire beds cooking lights
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

Tiny House Evolution – Interview with Bryce on GreenPlanet FM

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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.

Merry Christmas & Thank-You!

Posted on by Bryce Posted in Thoughts |

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! 🙂