THIS TINY HOUSE

How long does it take to build?
Typical build time is 10-12 weeks.

Do I need a special permit to drive it on the road?
The house is registered to be on the road and doesn't need a permit. No escort vehicles are required when you want to drive. It is also easy to put the house on footings for a more permanent solution.

How big is the tiny house?
Overall dimensions = 2.5 x 7.5m, with a 3.5m ceiling. It is maximum 4.2m from the road.

How much do they cost?
As you can probably imagine, there are lots of variables that affect the pricing. As with most things, you get what you pay for - the prototype shown in our images is at the upper end of our product range with high-end materials, products, and detailing, but there are also many ways to scale back the price. For example you may or may not want the deck/retractable bed/recycled materials, all of which are very labour intensive.

To give you a rough idea, the design you see on this website can range from around $120,000 to $150,000 depending on which items and finishes are included. But this year we're also working on a new design of a similar size and proportion (with no deck) to get the price down to around $80,000.

For cheaper options we'll be doing our best to maintain the essence of this design, but there will of course be some aesthetic differences. $80,000 is the cheapest we can build a house of this style while still meeting building codes, guaranteeing a high build quality (which is very important to us) and covering our costs.

We can give you a more precise idea about pricing if you'd like to tell us more about what you're after. Call or email us any time.

Why is the bed up there?
For many people climbing up to a loft with a very low ceiling height is only fun for a few weeks. Our bed lowers down over the couch at the push of a button for easy access and a comfortable nights sleep.

Can you sleep in the loft?
Of course, however keep in mind that hot air rises. 

SITING

Do councils approve of these dwellings?
This tiny house is built on a trailer so the rules that apply to a caravan also apply here. Some regional councils are actively welcoming tiny houses on wheels.

Where can I park my Tiny House?
Tiny houses on wheels currently fall within a regulatory grey area in most planning zones. You would need to look into specifics of each area, but generally they are treated as caravans. To date, town planners in SEQ have given us a very positive response to the idea of living for an extended period of time in these dwellings.

TRANSPORT

How much do they weigh?
A tiny house of this size can weigh anywhere between 3t and 4.5t.

How does the deck work?
The modular deck and roof comes in parts and is bolted together. It can be packed down or set up in about 2 hours.

SERVICES

What are my options if I want to be completely off-grid?
This house is ready to be off-grid. There is capacity for 2x 9kg gas bottles to fuel your cooktop, oven and hot water. The house is wired for solar and/or connection to mains power.
The grey water plant and composting toilet means you won't need to connect to sewerage. Once sited, a rainwater tank would be required, or the house can also be connected to town water.

How much storage is there?
The wall adjacent to the bed contains deep, floor-to-ceiling storage, as well as storage under the sofa seats. There is ample under-bench cupboard space on both sides of the kitchen/laundry. Open shelving of recycled hardwood is featured in the bathroom and above the kitchen bench, and the loft space can house bulky items.

How is the waste and greywater treated?
The composting toilet diverts liquid waste and turns solid waste into compost. It is approved for use in all states, operates odour-free, and can save 35,000L of water per year.
Greywater and blackwater are treated on-board by a series of filters and grease traps. The end product is certified for direct release into the landscape.

How often will I need to change the composting toilet chamber? 
As a rough guide, two adults with full-time use could expect to change the chamber every six months.

ENVIRONMENT

Do you use any recycled materials?
We’ve used recycled Australian hardwood for the bench top, shelves, doors, windows, and deck. Where we have used new timber we’ve made sure they are sustainably grown and harvested (eg. Accoya kitchen windows).

Is the tiny house insulated?
Of course, all walls and ceilings (including the deck roof) have bulk insulation (ceilings R3.0 with reflective foil, walls R2.5).

What other green initiatives have you used?
Being small, it is naturally low in embodied energy. For on-going use it is designed for passive cooling and for a sub-tropical climate. Waste is processed onsite and can be re-used. Water use is minimised. Recycled and sustainable timbers have been used throughout. It can be set up as an off-grid dwelling.


...can I build my own?
Absolutely, but keep in mind it is far more complicated than it may seem. Make sure you do your research and feel free to ask us for advice.