Modern sub-tropical design

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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 –

A video of our retractable bed in action –

A time lapse video of the construction –

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Open recycled hardwood shelving to display plants and favourite belongings, remote controlled retractable bed drops down from the ceiling leaving entire wall free for storage space.

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Dark recycled timbers on the kitchen side contrasted with a clean white look opposite to add direction to the space (opening out to the deck and high louvres). Bathroom at end with flush mounted cavity slider.

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Windows slotted between LVL portal frames, garden outside at bench height.

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A generous shower and modern bathroom with feature tile wall.

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We still found room for the record collection!

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A high space with a warm but also ordered aesthetic.

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This shows the retractable bed in daytime mode – at the press of a button it drops neatly between the couch.

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This shows the bed in night mode – full wall storage is maintained on the rear wall. The bed is custom designed to fit in the house’s style and size.

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Windows and doors are carefully aligned across the house for an open feel and very effective cross ventilation.

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One thought on “Modern sub-tropical design

  1. Arleen Smith says:

    I really love this home the only thing that I don’t really like for my taste is the loft where only the bed fits. It seems like it would be so uncomfortable

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