Woman's Dream Tiny House Even Has A Walk-In Wardrobe

Dolly's Tiny House is absolutely incredible. While it may look a bit like a giant dollhouse, this wonderfully designed home is no toy. At 7.2 by 2.4 meters (23 x 8ft) this home on wheels fits a whole lot of house and is possibly one of the best designed Read more

Incredible Small Off-Grid Earthship Home

This week we travel to Adelaide, Australia to visit a truly remarkable off-the-grid marvel in the form of an Earthship home. If you're wondering what an Earthship is, you're probably not alone, although in recent years they are becoming more popular and are popping up all over the globe! An Read more

Jay Shafer's Stunning $5,000 Tiny House

Jay Shafer is the Godfather of the modern tiny house movement. I say the modern movement, because for the vast majority of human history, we have lived in small, simple shelters. It was almost 20 years ago that Jay designed and built his first 90 square foot (8m2) tiny Read more

Solo Mother With Teenage Daughter Builds Amazing Tiny House

As a solo parent, life can be a bit of a challenge. The skyrocketing cost of housing in cities such as Sacramento, California certainly doesn’t help make things any easier. One solo mother decided to do things a bit differently though, and managed to get out of the rent Read more

Back To Nature Living In A Beautiful Tiny House Tent

 This family are doing things a bit differently, living a minimalist, debt free life style in a stunning tent. Zac and Katie together with their children Fox and Grizzly escaped the high stress, high cost lifestyle in Southern California and returned to Katie's family land in New Mexico where they Read more

Musician's Incredible Modern Tiny House & Mobile Music Studio

 Asha Mevlana is an incredibly talented musician who is used to a life on the road, traveling the world as an electric violinist with the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Wanting to put down some roots and have a solid home which would also suit her unique lifestyle, she chose to Read more

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

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

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! 🙂

The Principles of Precycling

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What Is Precycling?

In a world where an astonishing number of objects are made to be used once and then thrown away, sometimes it doesn’t feel like enough to just be recycling. This is where precycling comes in. The idea behind precycling is to reduce waste by avoiding items that will generate waste in the first place and therefore cutting off waste at it’s source and eliminating trash before it is created. When you’re living downsized, it’s a great practice to get into, as it will not only help you to reduce your environmental footprint, but it will also simplify your life by reducing the amount of waste you have to deal with.  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