Our Urban Tiny House In New Zealand

This week I am so excited to be able to share something really special with you all. A full video tour of our very own tiny house on wheels in New Zealand. For those who have been following my journey from the very beginning, you’ve been waiting a very Read more

Architect’s Micro Studio Apartment

This week, we travel to Melbourne to visit the incredible micro apartment of architect Douglas Wan. Originally constructed in the 1950’s, the apartment was originally intended as nursers quarters. Its now been completely reimagined for modern living and transformed into a stylish and exceptionally clever micro studio apartment. At just Read more

Luxury Modern Small Home Built In Suburban Backyard

Hidden away in the backyard of a suburban Sydney neighbourhood is a wonderful small family home. At only 31.5 square meters (340 square feet) this house is truly tiny, in fact, it’s smaller than the swimming pool. Thanks to some fantastic small space design however, the downsized house is Read more

This Ultra Modern Tiny House Will Blow Your Mind

 Matt and Lisa’s tiny home on wheels is quite something to behold. Jet black with hints of cedar trim, this modern tiny house has a lot going for it. Amazingly, this tiny house began it’s life with a simple match on a dating app which united two souls, one Read more

Incredible Shipping Container Home By The Sea Is A Small Space Marvel

After traveling many vast and open oceans a 40ft shipping container landed on the shores of New Zealand in what was to be it’s final voyage. There, it was purchased by a young couple with a grand vision of converting it into a spectacular home. While the container’s travels Read more

Super Cool DIY Tiny House With HUGE Movie Theatre Loft

 If you’re a fan of a good movie, or relaxing in front of the television then this could potentially be the ideal tiny house for you. Packed full of clever design features, this home on wheels even has an incredible movie theatre loft, creating the perfect space lie back, Read more

3 x 20ft Shipping Containers Turn Into Amazing Compact Home

 I’m always absolutely amazed at how a shipping container, a cold, hard, metal box can be transformed into an incredibly warm and welcoming home. This stunning house in Victoria, Australia is a perfect example of that, with three 20 ft shipping containers being joined together to create an amazing, Read more

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

Where To Park A Tiny House

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With our Tiny House approaching completion, we have started looking into potential house sites. In our case there are a few criteria that the site needs to meet.  Read more

Weatherboard Installation Part 2 – Joins

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In an ideal situation, you’ll be able to find weatherboards that are able to span the length of your house which means you don’t need to worry about joining them. In most cases though, that’s not possible. Our weatherboards come in lengths of 4.5 meters, which means we will be needing joins in our longer sections.

In this video, Jacob Drayton from BioBuild takes us through the process of joining weatherboards.

Remember, there are many different kinds of weatherboards out there, all with different profiles and requirements. Make sure you get advice from the manufacturer as to how to correctly join the type that you have.

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

City Living In A Pop Top Camper

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With house prices in Auckland City (New Zealand) going through the roof, 22 year old Lily Kemp decided to get a bit creative in order to escape the rent trap. For her, inspiration struck in the form of a vintage pop-top camper which she found on TradeMe (similar to ebay) for only $1,000.  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

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