Bryce Langston visits with Doug, an architect in Wanaka, New Zealand, designed and built his own tiny home. Wanaka is a popular ski and summer resort town in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. It’s also not cheap to live there, and it’s one of most expensive real-estate markets in New Zealand – so Doug chose to design an alternative to the high living costs.
Home’s nearby with views like Doug’s cost upwards of a million dollar. For about $70 a week Doug parks in a local camp site. His off-grid tiny home requires no power of water hookups, which gives him even more flexibility in potential living locations.
Below: Doug’s living room and home office.
Below: Doug’s kitchen and sleeping loft above.
Doug included a few cool features too:
The flooring is a giant map of Wanaka.
The walls in the living room use a slat system that allows flexible shelving to be moved at will.
His grey water drains to a potter plant he keeps outside.
His desk turns into a guest bed.
Above: Doug’s map flooring. It’s an actual map of the area surrounding him.
This little rocket ship shaped tiny house has a footprint of only 4 square meters (43 square feet); but it’s tall with three levels that are accessed by a climbing wall. It’s the home of architect Jan Körbes. It was made from a grain silo and a wide variety of reclaimed materials. The total living space of this microhome is 13 square meters (140 square feet) and was built for about $27,000. To see more great videos like this visit Kirsten Dirksen’s YouTube Channel.
Amazing grain silo home makes living simply look like living the high life.
Architect Christoph Kaiser turned a dismantled grain silo, purchased online from a Kansas farmer, into a cozy studio in Phoenix, Arizona. The 190-square-foot space is outfitted with a highly customized interior—only the Eames dining chairs were not made by Kaiser—that serves as a comfortable home for him and his wife.” – Dwell
It is a very different plan from most tiny homes, divided by the lofts into three zones, one washroom, one living area and one kitchen and dining. As shown it can accommodate six; that will be cozy around the dinner table. I also think the full size range is overkill, but they offer a two-burner induction stovetop as an option.” – Lloyd Alter for Trehugger
Floor-to-ceiling glass doors slide to one side, leaving no barrier between the house and the backyard garden. Moving further into the living area reveals that the interior is also open from the entry through to the bedroom. The 45 m2 (484 ft2) house has a studio floor plan arranged in a U-shape around the bathroom, the only enclosed room.” – Small House Bliss
House 12.20 by Brazilian architect Alex Nogueira. See more House 12.20 at Small House Bliss.
The building represents an insulated, reinforced construction, covered with wood. Its details will be manufactured before, what will give opportunity to build it without heavy technics at any landscape condition. Skit is an energetically independent building, producing any needed energy on solar power, and accumulating rain water.” – Dachi Papuashvili
Entry to the hut is through an obscured door detailed like the cedar walls. Inside an oversized window opposite the entrance immediately pulls the view back outside to a composed view of mature trees. Adjacent to this is a miniature tea cabinet. A raised platform in the main space supports three tatami mats.” – ArchDaily
Designed to close up against the elements, the hut measures a mere 40 square metres and rests on two thick wooden sleds that allow it to be shifted around the beach front section. This innovative portability is a response to the ever changing landscape that line the beachfront in this coastal erosion zone.Within the hut, the ingenuity reveals itself further as no nook or cranny is overlooked. Every available space has been utilised, right down to the secret individual cubby holes hidden in the childrens bunk room.” – Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects
The shed’s rectangular footprint measures 8 ft. 6 in. by 12 ft. 6 in.; a 4-ft.- 6-in.-deep porch faces the yard. Stick-framed with 2x4s, the shed is sheathed with 1×10 pine boards applied diagonally and exposed on the inside as finished walls. All 12 windows are made from recycled sash. An extrawide pull-down stair leads to a loft, which has dormers front and back. We built a bed into each dormer, with storage underneath.”
Design by Architect David Edrington. Read more about An Old-Time Garden Shed at Fine Homebuilding.