The Nest was designed out of a desire to live in a healthy home that brings joy, whilst living lightly on the earth. Every inch of our design works hard to create function and beauty. Particularly key in our design is the use of platforms.
The Nest is New Zealand’s first and only (as far as we know) Tiny House to go through council consent, meaning it is fixed in it’s location and fully up to New Zealand building standards. It is 18m2. We believe in Tiny Homes could create an access point for people to own their own affordable, healthy homes.
We love it!
To read more of our story check out our blog: www.lightlyhq.wordpress.com
Zara & Nat
We are two architectural graduates and a builder from Australia who have designed and built a tiny house on wheels for a sub-tropical climate. It features a modular demountable deck, remote controlled retractable bed built into full height storage, a generous bathroom, recycled hardwood and a modern aesthetic throughout. Lara and Andrew, the two designers, now live in the house with their newborn daughter Charlie. We’re very happy with how the house is performing in our sub-tropical climate thanks to generous cross- and -stack-ventilation.
Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the design principles and strategies can have a look on our website. One particular strategy to note is the consistent grid of portal frames and deck structure around which the cabinets and windows are all based.
Some useful links:
A video tour of the house – https://youtu.be/2LMDmuiB8oo
A video of our retractable bed in action – https://youtu.be/IPf2jsUDJVA
A time lapse video of the construction -https://youtu.be/ZDPaSKXqoaM
About the Project
I started Tiny House Scotland in February 2014 as an overall banner for my experimental small scale eco building projects.
After many months of research and development I built the first prototype – the NestHouse which is now complete and undergoing testing. I am currently working on the next project – a road towable design called the NestPod which will start building very soon.
Tiny House Scotland represents my personal crusade to bring together the physics of building science with aesthetic design and individual craftsmanship to create a new alternative for small scale sustainable living. The aim is to create a holistic result which is beautiful and functional both inside and outside.
NestHouse Design Brief
I then listed my ten key requirements for the design brief:
- Small Wooden House built to standards in excess of new build housing.
- Warm and cosy. Light and airy.
- Highly insulated and sealed similar to Passivhaus standards.
- Moveable on wheels and therefore classified as a Caravan for Planning purposes.
- Sized within Householder Permitted Development RIghts.
- On-grid, off-grid or hybrid services.
- Solidly craftsman-built to last using low maintenance, sustainable materials.
- Flexible interior layout – minimal built-in furniture allowing use of freestanding furniture.
- Built under controlled conditions off-site and delivered fully finished.
- A stunning architectural gem!
My lifelong passion for architecture and green design prompted me to design a beautifully crafted small wooden building with high quality sustainable materials, offering complete protection from the elements. A fundamental shelter with a totally comfortable interior that is light-filled, snug and charming.
The Nesthouse combines many innovative techniques in its construction. Unlike traditional architecture, the shell is conceived as a whole – not a series of interconnected and differently structured walls, floor and roof. My Snug Shell Concept with Advanced Framing techniques creates a stressed-skin timber frame shell which is heavily insulated but also has a further unbroken (apart from door and windows) outer shell of outsulation to remove virtually all thermal bridging, effectively providing a fully insulated combined roof/ wall / floor structure. The double or triple glazed windows ‘float’ within this outer shell. The Nesthouse is designed with a solar orientation so it had minimal glazing on the North elevation reducing heat loss while the Southerly elevation gains solar energy passively with large windows. A brise soleil will provide summer shading over the larger windows.
The Live module can be used on its own for example as an office or studio, or can be extended at the design stage for full time living with optional extra modules to provide external or internal functions and spaces – Enter, Bathe, Work, Cook and Sleep.
In total this gives internal areas ranging from around 10m2 – 30m2 (107-320 ft2) an ideal micro-living space for singles or couples. Further retrofit additions are planned such as the ‘Kids‘ module which will give play and bunk space to any new additions to the family!
The NestHouse can be built either on a chassis with wheels or as a liftable unit which can be craned into place and with either method, the aim is to deliver it fully finished ready to move into with ‘plug and play’ services. Classed as a caravan for planning purposes, this confers some potential tactical advantages on the planning side but this is no lightweight – it’s a full blown small house weighing 5-10 tons! For this reason, site access is a critical part of whether you can have one or not and needs to be addressed at an early stage.
Please note that at 3.4m wide the NestHouse is not legally road towable like a Tiny House on Wheels (THOW) but we can make a smaller, lighter version – the NestPod at 2.55m wide if you need total mobility – but it will have one third less space – for a size comparison of Tiny House vs Small House see this page.
Micro Living solution or Affordable Starter Home
The NestHouse from Tiny House Scotland has primarily been designed for full time micro-living or homesteading with a target cost of under £50k for singles or couples who want to live lightly and sustainably on their land – true low impact development. Starting prices range from £17,000 to £38,000 depending on size and options.
It is also ideal as an affordable starter home solution in urban or rural areas. The light filled cosy interior also makes for a life-affirming cabin or retreat or for providing extra living space for family or guests. In addition, the sheer wow-factor and cuteness will make an incredible home based business venue such as an office, studio, retail unit or holiday rental accommodation with huge kerb appeal!
Being moveable allows real sustainability – the NestHouse can be sold and moved to another site if you outgrow it; it could also be used temporarily on pre-development land in an urban setting.
Snug Shell Concept
The NestHouse is designed to be very cosy and energy efficient – it features a highly insulated shell 25cm thick with minimal cold bridging and U values exceeding even the new stringent Scottish standards for new-build residential houses.
In addition to its green principles there are some strong Passivhaus methodologies in the overall design to achieve the desired performance.
The construction utilises many innovative ideas and all materials are carefully chosen from sustainable sources. All wood is FSC and PEFC certified. It is designed for longevity and ease of maintenance.
I have built a prototype NestHouse Medium with a full package of modules – Enter, Live+Work, Cook+Bathe+Sleep….it is now complete and undergoing testing.
Indeed this was my main vision for the Nesthouse – full-time homesteading or micro-living – ideal for singles or couples who want to live sustainably on their land or as an affordable starter home in urban or rural areas. Of course the Nesthouse can just as easily be used as a studio, home office or holiday let, but I do believe that there is a greater purpose here; to provide affordable small housing units – whether for a young person on a Scottish Island beset by the holiday-home phenomenon or a communal housing co-operative like a Tiny House Community.
This holistic approach to living in a small house on a smallholding or small farm with varying degrees of self sufficiency, or even just taking a conscious decision to live more simply and closer to nature whilst working from home, could mean you could live debt-free without a mortgage.
The need for a sustainable small living options for people who cannot afford £100k plus for a house has to be a compelling argument in this era of housing shortage, not to mention the Planet’s need for us all to want and need less of its resources and practice consumption awareness. I hope in a small way that my Nesthouse can address some of these issues!
I am a 38-year-old woman from Maine. My tiny house took 9 months and just under $20k to build. I did the majority of the work myself with help from my dad on his days off. My mom did a lot of the painting and helped out when I needed an extra hand. I also hired an electrician. It is built on a 24′ utility trailer and parked on a cement slab in my parent’s backyard. I am connected to their well and septic but have my own electrical service. I insulated with 3″ rigid foam in the walls and 4 inches in the floor and ceiling. I heat and cool with a ductless mini-split unit and have a 20-gallon electric water heater. I have an in-wall ERV ventilation unit, as well as a bathroom fan and range fan. The house does have a small storage loft above the closet and washer and dryer but there is no sleeping loft. I have sleep disorders and need easy access to my bed, so I kept the floorplan open. I decided to build a tiny house on a trailer because I’m single and work from home and haven’t really decided where to settle down yet. Though I don’t foresee moving anytime soon, I really don’t know what the future will bring and I like the idea that my home/investment can move with me.
I have been living in my house for about 6 months and have never been happier. My house is designed by me, for me, and I have a place for everything. I am an avid crafter and needed space for my fabric and supplies. I was even able to keep my oversized ironing board. I made a sewing machine storage cabinet with a drop-leaf front, which can also serve as a kitchen table. My countertop is stainless steel with a drop-leaf butcher block bar. I have two counter stools that fold flat and store in my headboard cabinet. I frankensteined a couple of swing-arm monitor mounts into a computer workstation which can be adjusted to sit or stand at. I have drawers built in under my bed for my clothes, with cubbies on either end for other storage. My mattress lifts up and I store seasonal clothes and bedding under it, behind the drawers and cubbies. A narrow cabinet runs the full length of my headboard and I have shelves on top of that to the ceiling. Having a full-size washer AND dryer was important to me and that was one of the biggest challenges but we made it work.
There were quite a few rough days during the build where I lamented ever starting the project but now, every day I wake up, look around, and just feel blessed.
A not-so-tiny folding house that gives a floor space of 400 square feet, with the potential to add an additional 400 square feet of space on a second level. When folded down, the house is the size of a 20ft shipping container. The house will include a rooftop garden to grow fruit and vegetables. Check out www.noha.life for details. Kickstarter coming soon for plans!
This Tiny Home designed and built by Dream Big Dwell Small showcases custom features throughout. Its foundation sits atop a custom fabricated 24′ trailer including a tandem 14K drop axle, wheel brakes, DOT lights, 10-ply radial tires, and 5k drop-leg front jack. Custom welded metal sheathing welded underneath the trailer for additional animal and moisture barrier sits under R19 insulation and pressure treated sub floors. The exterior includes a contemporary visual aesthetic with smooth lines blending the shed style metal roof, shiplap siding, and red cedar trim. This bright and warm home allows natural light into the 11 doors and windows throughout, including double paned, argon gas filled, low-e coated, awning clerestory, and custom built 6’6″ cathedral style window to catch the eye. Interior design includes custom welded movable island, custom countersunk cutting board, and over 16 feet of hardwood butcher-block counter tops backed with beveled Grecian marble backsplashes. Stainless appliances with full gas range, 10 cu ft. fridge/freezer, full sized microwave, instantaneous water heater, and a washer dryer combo unit included. The space is energized/lit with several LED high energy efficient recessed cans and sconces, pendant Edison bulb accent fixture, and multiple modern outlets with USB charging plugs. Past the 30″ stainless steel sink, custom shelves with wine glass holder, and stain grade oak cabinets in the kitchen, and through the 36″ privacy glass pocket door, the bathroom boasts of clean 36″ large neo-round solid glass shower door with rain head. In the spacious 45+ sq. ft. bathroom you will find plenty of storage, composting toilet, W/D combo, powerful vent fan, and vitreous china vessel sink. Moving into the lofts up the oak ladder you will find a roomy 105+ sq. ft. area large enough for a California king, complimented by an additional 4 ft. spare loft. This sturdy and safe home includes custom fabricated trailer, stainless fasteners, redwood studs, pressure treated sub floor, 16gauge earthquake strong-ties, hurricane rafter clips, fire extinguisher, smoke detector, CO2 gas detector, and much more. The modern chic motif combines exposed steel floor joists, warm colors, stainless appliances, crown molding, brilliant maple floors, built in shelves, ample storage, and grand feel with bright natural light and warm LED illumination. This 300 sq. ft. dwelling has been meticulously designed and the layout allows many configuration options and customization.
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For more information, visit http://www.DreamBigDwellSmall.com
Hey Everyone! We are Robert and Samantha Garlow, a husband and wife team that designed and built our 24’ THOW on weekends, paycheck to paycheck, over the course of 14 months. This project became a testament to what belief in yourself and trust in each other can achieve when applied to a shared vision and we now have everything we need and nothing that we don’t; an equilibrium that is incredibly liberating. This journey has been an exercise in minimalism in which excessive material possessions and the time and effort required to acquire, store, clean, organize and eventually sell or discard them is minimized and our time is spent doing more meaningful things.
The idea of a tiny house aligns closely with many of the underlying principles we believe in, including reducing our ecological footprint, but the conversation was ultimately kick started by our interest in saving money and increasing our option for mobility. For the past seven years we had rented apartments while borrowing the money needed to acquire our educations and we were ready to make a change. The thought of buying a house and acquiring more debt in the form of a mortgage while trying to pay off six figures worth of student loans was a huge red flag. A brief joke about building a tiny house evolved into reality when we realized that it would help achieve all of the goals we were currently pursuing while sparking a new sense of excitement in us.
There were other things of interest, including the firsthand experience and knowledge gained by taking on such a project combined with the ability to apply my formal education (architecture) to a unique real world scenario in which we would be experiencing both the positive and negative consequences of our design first hand. We also saw it as a fun challenge; another opportunity to spend a lot of time with each other, toiling away at a communal project and learning even more about our strengths and weaknesses along the way.
Our unique roof profile was a result of our interest in reducing the unnecessary weight, energy costs and construction costs associated with over 270 cubic feet of unneeded volume in certain areas of the house and also lends itself to a more aerodynamic form when transporting. We applied some innovative construction techniques to our home by combining 2×3 advanced framing with 1” of continuous exterior insulation to create a lighter wall assembly with better thermal performance than that of a standard 2×4 wall. We used 100% reclaimed siding including re-milled walnut and salvaged corrugated metal from the roof of a 50 year old local barn.
We also wanted our THOW to support our outdoor lifestyle so we built a dedicated area adjacent to our 180 sf of living space to store the tools and equipment that allow us to do what we love. We now life full time in our tiny house base camp on wheels in the center of the Pacific North West and spend our time thoroughly exploring the deserts, mountain tops, coastlines, rivers, thermal waters and forests of this incredibly diverse corner of our country.
Thank you so much for taking a few minutes to explore our home and maybe even toss us a vote in this friendly contest!:)
If you would like to learn more about or D.I.Y. Tiny House on Wheels, we invite you to explore some of our resources below:
Our E-BOOK: BUILT WITH OUR HANDS: A D.I.Y. Tiny House Memoir
We were drawn to the nick name ‘SHED’ because it spoke to the simple form and a utilitarian design that we sought (noun) while
simultaneously speaking to the process of downsizing and simplifying when used as a verb. We have included some photos of us building our tiny house below!
The Nun’s Home is our mid-sized home with everything needed for 2 people and their furry friends to live very well including all the comforts and conveniences of a larger home. With large windows and french style doors this unit, like all of our models, allows for much natural light and with correct positioning, passive solar heating. The model home is 12 feet wide by 20 feet long with an exceptionally spacious feeling and ceiling heights that ranges from 9’6” to 7’ 6” and is still easy to move with a simple permit on its quality trailer foundation.
This home includes a space for your regular queen sized mattress, a large spacious living room area, an area for your desk or just a space to study, meditate or do yoga. At the other end is a complete kitchen with a large refrigerator, 4 burner gas stove and oven, and plenty of cupboard and counter space. The bathroom includes a tub/shower, sink, and composting toilet. This model include a washer/dryer unit within a nice closet space. As with all of our models there is no built in furniture but simply room for you to have your favorite chair, table, desk or any furnishings you choose to make it your home.
Cooling is easily controlled with cross ventilation and a ceiling fan. Heating is from a beautiful small propane wall mounted heater, conductive heat panels for the wall, and passive solar. The lighting is all LED which lends itself well to a solar/off grid application. The propane on-demand water heater will provided plenty of hot water. We have included a fresh water tank and a holding system for grey water. Whether or not you are using solar panel system you can still be off grid and have all the conveniences of any modern home.
The Nun’s Home was designed for year round living in almost any climate for 1 or 2 people. This home is completely customizable from roof to flooring to plumbing and appliances. Please contact us at Om Ah Homes for any information and check this website often for updates on our latest build.
My name is Todd, and I decided to build a tiny home from a shipping container. I like the idea of tiny houses but didn’t like any that I have seen. I felt that most tiny homes are built to be lightweight and expect you to sleep in weird confined shelves. I designed this 240 sq. ft unit to be unequaled in strength , and being claustrophobic myself, to feel as comfortable as possible. I put in a full bathroom and full bedroom with 9′ ceilings. I wanted to incorporate energy savings by insulating this to an r-value of 30. All of the appliances are high efficiency and use low energy. The deck also serves as a rain water collection system. The water in the house is hooked up to a gray water system. A mini-split system is installed for heating and air conditioning. Overall, I wanted to use only quality materials throughout this build. I hope you enjoy.
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People decide to go tiny for all kinds of reasons. For us, the driving motivation was to work towards freedom from debt (and a mortgage) and also to unencumber ourselves from so much “stuff.” We wanted to create a simpler, easier life for ourselves that would free us up to play more in the outdoors that we love so much.
We also wanted to relocate from Boise, ID to our dream town of Durango, CO. Unfortunately, Durango is an expensive place to live and the cost of traditional real estate in town was way beyond our working budget. And it was important to us to live in town, where we could become part of the community.
We didn’t immediately believe we could downsize enough for a tiny home, but over a period of months, we warmed to the idea more and more, until we got to the point that we were certain a tiny home was absolutely the right choice for us… even though we’d never set foot in one!
As we conceptualized our home, we looked carefully at our needs and our desires and watched dozens of tiny house videos and TV shows. We designed a home that would be 28 feet long, 8.5 feet wide and 13.5 feet high throughout, with a shallow peaked roof. Our floor plan would be functional but roomy, cozy but spacious. We wanted high ceilings, a great kitchen that I could cook in, a large shower, and plenty of space for Jim and me to work at home. We wanted a contemporary, colorful and organic design, but we opted for a more traditional look and feel than most of the more rustic tiny homes we were seeing, especially on the exterior.
We decided to work with Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses, a builder in Durango, CO, as we had a short timeline for our transition and lacked the skills to build on our own. But we presented the builder with a well-thought out floor plan that they were able to convert to an official building plan.
We insisted on lots of storage and two staircases. We opted for fairly high-end appliances and beautiful finishes. But we did not have an unlimited budget. So, we worked side by side with our builder, providing $15,000 worth of the labor when all was said and done. And we were involved in every single design decision for the house.
So, now we look around our beautiful tiny house and know that we had a hand in literally every aspect of it, and that is so gratifying. This house is truly a reflection of who we are and what we want from life. Welcome to our beloved Harmony Haven!
Here is a video tour of our home: https://youtu.be/y9WLnZwSa68
The name “Odyssée”, is coming from the adventure Alexandre and Sabrina (the owners) wanted to live in a tiny house. They’ve contacted us because they were in search of a house that could fit their needs (and their dog named Ryuk !). She, as a jewellery’s seller and he, as a fireman are currently heading to more simple lifestyle and they quickly decided that a tiny house on wheels would be perfect way to live they happy life.
We, as French tiny house builders, have been in charge of all the design and conception process of this 100% custom made little house on wheels. Every square meter of this house has been studied with the lovely owners so they could live in the house they were dreaming about. This is why everything in the house like the design, the colors, the woods and of course the half-level which makes it very unique, have been created according the clients needs list. This tiny house is 6 meters long house with a red cedar siding / burnt douglas siding (Yakisugi technic) and metal roof. Of course more than 98% of this tiny house is recyclable and most of the material we used are organicallysourced.
To keep Alexandre’s body fitted to firemen’s expectations we have also added a custom tow bar so he won’t have any excuse not to train. For her, we’ve created a lovely space to install a cherry upright piano so she could play this instrument while looking out through the triangle window. Since they are vegeterians, their wish not to have a fridge has also been fulfilled. Just under the cooking surface a little sandbox is going to keep their vegetable cool and will keep them eatable longer. Of course, this system doesn’t require any electricity to fonction nor chimical materials or gaz to be built, just natural wood and sand. Since we are in France, most of us like to keep a couple of good wine bottles in their house. This is why the presence of natural clay wine rack will help them to keep the wine longer and cool.
We’ve extended the deadline to enter the inaugural Tiny House of the Year Competition to November 15, 2015 – and clarified in the Official Rules that it is perfectly fine for professional Tiny House Builders to enter the competition too.
Pictured here is the prototype of the Tiny House of the Year Trophy. The color may change, but the size will not. It’s tiny because nobody who lives in a tiny house wants a giant trophy – and it’s cute!
It’s a 3D printed trophy designed by tiny house designer Michael Janzen. The final trophies will also read ‘2016’ and include the category for which the trophy was won.
It’s super easy to enter and just takes a couple minutes. Entries will be voted on by the public and on December 16 winners will be selected.
It’s like winning an Oscar or Emmy… just for an awesome tiny house!
What do you think of the tiny trophy? Please comment below.
You always hear people say, “Life is short!” You agree with them to an extent, but that phrase never sunk in for us until my mom passed away last October. After the whirlwind of all things that precede the death of a loved one, we realized we needed to start doing things that we loved…NOW. That’s when we decided to act on Jared’s long time dream of building a tiny home and moving to the mountains.
Our planning and design phase started at the beginning of November 2015. Jared designed the entire house by himself using the free version of Google Sketch Up. By February we were ready to build! Jared and I built the house with our own two hands on the weekends and after work during the week. It took us about six months to build and we were ready to move to our first spot by August!
Our house is built on a twenty-foot trailer and weighs about 9,500 pounds. We are completely off grid capable, although we do like having a water source! Our first parking spot was in the mountains of Virginia in a friends yard, and now we are headed down to Tennessee for the winter! I think our overall goal for living in a tiny house is to be able to enjoy the outdoors, follow mild weather, and rock climb in really nice places.
If you want to see more pictures of our house and our adventures check out our website: Tinymountainrhodes.com
For a video tour of the house click here: https://youtu.be/8az_VcHta-U
We love our tiny and hope you do too!
I have moved 42 times in my life and Luke has been there for 9 of those times. After 17 states that I called my home at one point, I came to know that wanderlust was a wonderful thing but it came with a sense of loneliness. A new home was never one that was mine. There were no roots, just traveled boot prints that never pierced the depth of the soil. So, it was time.
Luke and I sat together at our local eatery with a napkin and our trusted sharpies. We had gone back and forth about tiny house living for months ever since the idea crept into our heads and took residency next to where all those annoying commercial jingles live; the place where an idea cannot and will not go. Our nervous excitement lead us through 18 months of designing and redesign and our crude napkin sketch turned into full blown engineered tiny house plans.
There were a lot of challenges along our travels because our tiny house wasn’t just for us. We had three dogs at the time, two with special needs. Maya, our therapy dog extraordinaire, was confined to a wheelchair during her battle with a neurological disorder. Finding space in a tiny house for a 100-lb wheelchair-riding Akita was going to be tough enough but we also had a semi-blind Mini-Aussie who had her own challenges of navigating the world. Luke and I dedicated, and still do, a lot of lives to helping dogs with special needs and it was imperative to us that we made each and every one of our family members, furry or not, comfortable with their new surroundings. After many a test run at pet-friendly space saving solutions we felt overwhelmed with a sense of pride at what we had accomplished.
In November 2015 we stepped foot into our completed off-grid tiny house nestled in the foothills of Mt. Hood, complete with roof deck, hide-away dog dens/beds, hidden dual-purpose furniture, and storage. Storage. That word is enough to send a shiver down any tiny home owner’s spine. Being avid ice climbers and mountaineers, we knew it was going to be important for us to find space that could store our technical gear properly.
We brought our love of the outdoors indoors with locally sourced redwood, poplar, mahogany, black walnut, pine, maple, and cedar. We wanted to be reminded of the peaks and summits we fell in love with when we were busy falling in love with each other.
In the end, it was important to us that we were the principal engineers and designers behind our home. Luke and I wanted to share the experience of designing our house and then revel in the moment we could call it a home. I, and we, finally have put down roots. The roots may not travel past the wheels of our home but they have given us a place to finally call ours no matter where we are.
Since my daughter was very young, my plan has always been to live lighter so as to not have to work as much and as hard as I got older. To work in Corporate America on my own terms. I wanted a lifestyle that would allow me to travel and enjoy life more, to focus on the things that really matter, to be free(er) and less obligated so that should I happen to decide I want to relocate it takes less effort and is less expensive.
I started the downsizing process in 2006 and over the course of 10 years went from a 4bd/3bath home to a 1bd/1bath apt. My initial dream was RV living, the cost of which I realized based on my tastes, wouldn’t afford me the free(er), lighter lifestyle I was dreaming of. When I stumbled on Macy Miller’s tiny house and her build story it just clicked for me that a tiny house was the next step in my journey. To be able to take my house with me when I want to relocate; eliminating most of the relocation costs and headaches associated with relocation. Even if I didn’t travel with my tiny home, a lifestyle that would afford me the opportunity to live and know freedom.
I spent a year and a half researching everything related to tiny houses, understanding and paying attention to my use of space in my apartment and planning all of the details for my tiny house. My tiny house had to be something that represented me and my lifestyle, with lots of light and windows, it had to include everything on my list of the must haves that I deemed important – and hopefully some of the wish list items. I didn’t want to feel like I was giving up anything. My tiny house had to be something that would make me happy and without a doubt and in my best James Brown voice –it had to be funky!
We (me & my Design Dream Team) nailed it!