Kev & Jan are empty nesters who’ve built their own debt-free tiny life that includes a flipped workweek. They only work weekends now thanks to their own tiny mobile juice & smoothie bar business – which gives them time to travel and spend more time together.
Bryce Langston from Living Big In A Tiny House visited Kev & Jan and got the full tour of their tiny home. They built it themselves for just $54,000 AUD (~39,000 USD). That price included a rain water collection system and a $9,000 AUD (~$6,500 USD) solar system.
It’s a larger tiny home measuring 14 m long and 9 m wide (~45′ by ~10′). In addition to the spacious interior size, the home also has a large folding glass door to capture the view and a large bathroom/dressing room with dual vanities.
Mat & Danielle from Exploring Alternatives visit Beige and learn what its like to live in a yurt for two years in Canada. She lives way-off-the-grid with no electricity or running water. Her yurt can’t even be accessed by car, so everything including food & water are brought to the home by foot. Beige bought her yurt from Groovy Yurts. For more great videos like this one subscribe to Exploring Alternatives on YouTube. Video and image by Exploring Alternatives.
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.
They found the land in the dead of winter and began building in 2015. Building on the land was tough. All the building materials in by boat and they used the boat dock as their initial work platform. The first step was to build decks, stairs, and bridges up and across the boulders, creeks, and rough terrain. This extensive decking provided easy access to the yurt platforms.
Today you can visit Shearwater Cove’s oceanfront yurt rentals and access to kayak adventures in Resurrection Bay and Fox Island. Shearwater Cove is just 10 miles from Seward Alaska but is only accessible by boat.
So if you feel like a tiny living adventure in Alaska consider checking out Shearwater Cove.
Pictured here is a recent creation by Rewild Homes in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Inside you’ll find stunning beamwork, a cozy Morso woodstove, a stainless steel fridge, recessed LED lighting, washer/dryer hookups, and a custom staircase with storage. It’s also equipped with a solar panel & battery package. Learn more about Rewild Homes. The house may also still be for sale at Tiny House Listings.
Built by Ryan O’Donnell of Humble Hand Crafts, the Nomad Pad was built using tools powered by an off-grid solar system that was backed up by a biodiesel generator – but just on stormy days.
Notable features inside are a Hobbit wood stove, full-size fridge, copper bath tub, 2 lofts, and an on-demand water heater.
Outside is a mobile “slide under” 5’ x 8’ deck. The walls are framed using light gauge metal. The home’s solar system has a Lithium battery bank.
All reclaimed woods for interior and exterior come from a variety of sources up in Northern California. For example, wood from a 10,000 gallon redwood water tank, wine tank staves, hot tub staves all re-sawn for interior paneling and trim work.
Z Huis – as seen on Tiny House Nation. Some clever features in this tiny house, like a rock wall to access 2nd loft, a sunken living space, a dog crate under stairs, a large custom shower, and full off-grid capabilities that includes 1 KW roof-mounted solar array and 4 6V, 420 AH batteries.
This tiny house was built by Wishbone Tiny Homes. They specialize in the design, construction, or DIY consultation of small spaces. They can help you build a tiny home, office, studio, investment property, or even a man cave or lady lair.
Do-it-yourselfers that want to learn the basics of setting up small solar systems should watch this video by the Tin Hat Ranch. It’s a 47 minute video but worth every minute.
White the Tin Hat Ranch YouTube Channel is geared toward disaster preparedness, a small off-grid systems a tiny house system and a backup system for essentials are not dissimilar. In fact, depending on your power needs and location, the size solar system shown in this tutorial might be the ideal size for a tiny house.
The system shown here uses 4 100 watt solar panels, 4 golf cart batteries, a charge controller, a 1000 watt pure sine wave inverter, and the necessary wiring and hardware. It wouldn’t run a ‘normal’ sized house but for a frugal tiny house owner, it might be perfect.
There’s a ton of information in this video, really too much to absorb in 47 minutes… so be sure to bookmark the full article for reference later. The full Guide to DIY Off Grid Solar Power is a free resource and includes some handy schematics, a worksheet, and videos of course.
Bryce, from Living Big In A Tiny House, shares what the last 8 months has been like living in his Lotus Belle Tent. Bryce – and his tent – are in New Zealand on a remote property. He’s in the process of building a tiny house and this tent is his temporary tiny home.
He reports it’s been an amazing experience, but also share the challenges. Watch the video below and hear first hand what it was like to live off-the-grid in such a minimalist shelter. To follow all of Bryce’s tiny living experiences subscribe to his to the Living Big In A Tiny House YouTube Channel. You can see all his past stories at Living Big In A Tiny House.
The MINIMALISTE Tiny Home prototype is 99% complete and is looking fantastic. It’s completely off-grid with a 500 Watt Solar System and outfitted with stainless countertops, a 60-inch HD 12-volt projector television, LED lighting, and a integrated souns system. The folks behind this tiny house are located in Quebec, Canada.