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

Couple Build Amazing Shipping Container Home For Debt-Free Living

 In this weeks episode, we travel to Cowlitz County, Washington to visit an amazing shipping container home which is sure to impress! This stunning house has been constructed from one 40ft shipping container with another 20ft container stacked on top to create an impressive and fully featured home. After selling their Read more

Amazing Modern Yurt Is A Design Marvel

Yurts have always been one of my favourite forms of traditional housing.Originally, a yurt is a portable round, insulated tent used  by nomadic groups of central Asia. They are designed to be easily moved and are capable of keeping people comfortable in extreme weather conditions. This incredible small home Read more

One Man's Dream Tiny House You Have To See

From the moment you approach this incredible tiny house on wheels, you know that you’re about to experience something very special. Constructed as a DIY project by owner / builder Matt, this tiny house is more than just a dream home, it’s a testament to overcoming adversity and what Read more

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

Calling Innovative NZ Companies!

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We are calling out to innovative, eco-minded New Zealand Companies companies who feel they have products that could work in our Tiny House. From building materials, to fittings and appliances. Our Tiny House is being constructed in accordance with the Living Building Challenge (https://ilbi.org/lbc) which means that the materials that go into the build have to meet a strict set of criteria.

Our Tiny House Inspiration

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As we push forward with our tiny house build, we are finding a lot of inspiring ideas on the internet. Whenever we come across a design feature, or something that we think might work well in the house, we post it onto our Pinterest page.

Follow Our Tiny House Project On Pinterest

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As we discover new things on the internet, we are posting inspirational Tiny House ideas to our Pinterest boards. Here you will find ideas for materials, technologies and design / decorating ideas. Take a look and make sure you follow us at NZ Tiny House!

Johann Bernhardt Talks Tiny Houses

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Johann Bernhardt is the director of Bernhardt Architecture Ltd. He lectures on sustainable design and building at the University of Auckland, runs the Auckland office of the Building Biology and Ecology Institute and is the author of the book ‘A Deeper Shade of Green – Sustainable Urban Development, Building and Architecture in New Zealand’.

Johann leads our Tiny House design team, and in this video talks about minimalism, the Tiny House movement, why it appeals to him, and why the Tiny Houses may represent a valid solution for the future of building in New Zealand.

Experimenting With Space

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When designing a Tiny House, space is everything and the limited amount of area we have to work in means that we have to be careful about each decision we make.

It’s one thing to draw ideas down on paper, but it’s even better to be able to walk through and experience that space for yourself! Thankfully, with such a small house, that’s easy to do.

Our Tiny House Design Objectives!

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The first of our weekly update videos! In this episode we talk about the design objectives for our Tiny House and see some of the discussions with our design team about possible features and technologies that may be used.

It may seem simple to design a tiny house, but in actual fact, because the space is so small, a lot more thought has to go into the design, and attention must be paid to every detail.

The Journey Begins!

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Does living in a Tiny House help make room for a bigger life? Join us on our journey to find out!

Together with a talented architectural team, we are pushing tiny house design in New Zealand to the next level.

The project will not just follow us through the whole design and build process, but also the first six months of living in our new tiny house.

It will also follow the whole process of living a downsized, eco friendly life.

Design Underway

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The design of the tiny house is now underway! Under the supervision of Johann Bernhardt, a team of three brilliant sustainable architecture students is taking a fresh look at Tiny Houses.

Now, the Tiny House isn’t a new concept, and we are not completely re-inventing the wheel here. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, however, New Zealand’s unique conditions mean there are many changes that need to be incorporated into the design. There are also lots of ways that current designs can be improved. This is also an opportunity to really push the boundary in terms of environmentally sustainable design, and we aim to incorporate as many eco friendly products as possible.

Many of the systems that the house will use are being specially designed for the project, so get ready to see some great kiwi innovation! Lots more to come soon. 🙂

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