Tiny Houses

Pohutukawa tiny house is designed for big living

New Zealand-based and family run studio Tiny House Builders has recently launched its impressive and sophisticated Pohutukawa tiny house on wheels
New Zealand-based and family run studio Tiny House Builders has recently launched its impressive and sophisticated Pohutukawa tiny house on wheels
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New Zealand-based and family run studio Tiny House Builders has recently launched its impressive and sophisticated Pohutukawa tiny house on wheels
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New Zealand-based and family run studio Tiny House Builders has recently launched its impressive and sophisticated Pohutukawa tiny house on wheels
Pushing the boundaries of what we are used to seeingin a tiny house, the Pohutukawa home has been designed to accommodateupto six people
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Pushing the boundaries of what we are used to seeingin a tiny house, the Pohutukawa home has been designed to accommodateupto six people
A peek inside the sophisticated Pohutukawa tinyhouse on wheels in New Zealand
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A peek inside the sophisticated Pohutukawa tinyhouse on wheels in New Zealand
The Pohutukawa home has been created to offer comfortableand practicalpermanent living
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The Pohutukawa home has been created to offer comfortableand practicalpermanent living
The Pohutukawa home has a strong focus on creating fluidity between the interior spaces and outdoor living
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The Pohutukawa home has a strong focus on creating fluidity between the interior spaces and outdoor living
Large windows feature throughout  Pohutukawa kitchen 
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Large windows feature throughout  Pohutukawa kitchen 
The Pohutukawa design includes a full kitchen complete with  fridge/freezer, overhead and under bench cupboards and drawers
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The Pohutukawa design includes a full kitchen complete with  fridge/freezer, overhead and under bench cupboards and drawers
Gorgeous kitchen sink of the Pohutukawa home
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Gorgeous kitchen sink of the Pohutukawa home
Pohutukawa kitchen complete with dishwasher,oven/microwave and stove top
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Pohutukawa kitchen complete with dishwasher,oven/microwave and stove top
Overhead cupboards are featured in the kitchen for ample storage
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Overhead cupboards are featured in the kitchen for ample storage
ThePohutukawa design includesan open living space with dining/office zone
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ThePohutukawa design includesan open living space with dining/office zone
 The Pohutukawatinyhouse can be moved and instantly transformed into a family holidayhome down the track with minimal cost
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 The Pohutukawatinyhouse can be moved and instantly transformed into a family holidayhome down the track with minimal cost
Easy access stairs lead to the elevayed matser bedroom
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Easy access stairs lead to the elevayed matser bedroom
European laundry sits at the end of the hallway
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European laundry sits at the end of the hallway
The laundry sits neatly next to the full bathroom
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The laundry sits neatly next to the full bathroom
The Pohutukawa bathroom featuring a 900 × 900 mm (35 x35 in) shower, vanity, toilet and heated towel rack
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The Pohutukawa bathroom featuring a 900 × 900 mm (35 x35 in) shower, vanity, toilet and heated towel rack
Designer basin in the bathroom
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Designer basin in the bathroom
Ample storage lines the wall of the Pohutukawa tiny house
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Ample storage lines the wall of the Pohutukawa tiny house
Themaster mezzanine featuresa queen size bed and easy access stairs
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Themaster mezzanine featuresa queen size bed and easy access stairs
The loftboastsstanding height dimensions,makingit feelspacious and easy to get inand out ofbed without having to crawl into the space
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The loftboastsstanding height dimensions,makingit feelspacious and easy to get inand out ofbed without having to crawl into the space
Gorgeous Pohutukawa  kitchen – nothing missing here
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Gorgeous Pohutukawa  kitchen – nothing missing here
The second mezzanine can be used as an additional twin bedroom for the kids or as a quiet retreat
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The second mezzanine can be used as an additional twin bedroom for the kids or as a quiet retreat
Ceiling fans allow air flow throughout the home
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Ceiling fans allow air flow throughout the home
Eachof the TinyHouse Builders homesare client specific and customizeable
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Eachof the TinyHouse Builders homesare client specific and customizeable
The Pohutukawa  home  boasts an overall interior space of 33 sqm (355 sq ft), including the two mezzanine lofts
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The Pohutukawa  home  boasts an overall interior space of 33 sqm (355 sq ft), including the two mezzanine lofts
The tiny house on wheels can be installed without disruption to the existing connections or site
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The tiny house on wheels can be installed without disruption to the existing connections or site
Pohutukawa house on wheels by The Tiny House Builders in New Zealand
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Pohutukawa house on wheels by The Tiny House Builders in New Zealand
The Pohutukawa  home measures 3meters (9.84 ft) wide, 7.5 meters (24.6 ft) long and 4.2 meters(13.78 ft) high
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The Pohutukawa  home measures 3meters (9.84 ft) wide, 7.5 meters (24.6 ft) long and 4.2 meters(13.78 ft) high

NewZealand-based and family run studio Tiny House Builders hasrecently launched its impressive and sophisticated Pohutukawa tinyhouse on wheels. Pushing the boundaries of what we're used to seeingin a tiny house, the Pohutukawa home has been designed to accommodateupto six people;a big moveconsidering most tinyhouses only accommodate two to four guests. Furthermore,the home has been created to offer comfortableand practicalpermanent living,with a strong focus on creating fluidity between the interior spacesand outdoor living.

"Afterhours of researching different floor plans, styles and towing ruleshere in New Zealand, I couldn't find anything that suited ourindoor-outdoor lifestyle better than the now Pohutukawa layout,"RebeccaBartlett,ManagingDirector at Tiny House Builders tells New Atlas.

Bartlettchose to create the original Pohutukawatinyhouse on wheels as an investment to place on her block of land and rent out, creating additional income while on maternityleave. The design also meant that the home could be moved directlyonto her site without disruption to the existing connections, while avoiding the additional costs of architects, engineers, surveyors andconsent fees. Furthermore, the Pohutukawatinyhouse can be moved and instantly transformed into a family holidayhome down the track with minimal cost.

"Wewere planning to have another maternity leave period with reducedincome so were looking at alternative revenue streams," saysBartlett."We looked at building a 60-sq m[646-sq ft]unit, however, the rent we would get in return for the cost of buildingmeant it was not a viable option. It was going to be thousands ofdollars for service connections, architects, upgrading the existinghouse connections, Geotech report, etc. Sowe started looking at alternative options. We looked at house buses,caravans, cabins, etc., and then discovered tiny houses. We wanted tocreate good income off it, so wanted it to feel like a home, nottemporary accommodation andthe3.5-m [11.48-ft]ceiling height certainly does not feel like a caravan."

The Pohutukawa home has been created to offer comfortableand practicalpermanent living
The Pohutukawa home has been created to offer comfortableand practicalpermanent living

ThePohutukawa tiny house is built on a flat deck custom designedtrailer, eliminating the need to build around wheel arches andoffering an economical permanent housing solution. The home measures 3 m (9.84 ft) wide, 7.5 m (24.6 ft) long and 4.2 m(13.78 ft) high, boasting an overall interior space of 33 sq m (355 sqft), including the two mezzanine lofts.

"Webuilt the home on a separable trailer as the towing weight in NewZealand is light at 3.5 ton, and the 3-m-wide (9.84-ft) doubleloft homes are too heavy," says Bartlett. "It is more of apermanent solution rather than a smaller tiny house that would bemoved more frequently."

The Pohutukawa  home measures 3meters (9.84 ft) wide, 7.5 meters (24.6 ft) long and 4.2 meters(13.78 ft) high
The Pohutukawa  home measures 3meters (9.84 ft) wide, 7.5 meters (24.6 ft) long and 4.2 meters(13.78 ft) high

Builtusing timber framing, steel mid-floor and ceiling frames, to achievea greater head height in the mezzanines, the interior of the home islined with 9-mm (0.35-in) ply. Polystyrene from industrial waste isused for insulation underfloor, and the walls and ceilings areinsulated with Earthwool. The home is clad with ply board and pinebattens, and finished with a Resene Cool color paint, chosen for itsreflective properties that help protect the timber from the elementsand keep the house cooler, especially important considering its darkcolor.

"Ourwindows are all double-glazed and both panes are toughened forsafety, insulation and to become road safe," addsBartlett."Transporting a tiny house is like subjecting your home to anearthquake and a hurricane at the same time, so they need to be builtstrong!"

ThePohutukawa design includesan open living space witha custom-made commercial-grade fold-out sofa bed with storage underthe other two sections of the sofa;dining/office zone; full kitchen complete with dishwasher,oven/microwave, stove top, range hood, sink, fridge/freezer, overheadand under bench cupboards and drawers, and pantry; storage area; twoelevated mezzanines;European laundry; and a bathroom featuring a 900 × 900 mm (35x 35 in)shower, vanity, toilet and heated towel rack.

A peek inside the sophisticated Pohutukawa tinyhouse on wheels in New Zealand
A peek inside the sophisticated Pohutukawa tinyhouse on wheels in New Zealand

Themaster mezzanine featuresa queen-size bed and easy access stairs. The loftboastsstanding height dimensions,makingit feelspacious and easy to get inand out ofbed without having to crawl into the space. Thesecond mezzaninecanbe used as an additional twin bedroom for the kids or as a quietretreat.

Inaddition, the home includes rainwater collection, composting toiletand ceilingfansto create airflow throughout the home.

Overhead cupboards are featured in the kitchen for ample storage
Overhead cupboards are featured in the kitchen for ample storage

Eachof TinyHouse Builders' homesare client specific and customizeable, however, for a fully completedPohutukawa Tiny House, the price will typically set you back around NZ$130,000 (US$88,200).

"Weare currently building our new Pohutukawa show home, which will becomplete in the next month or so," saysBartlett."It has an increased mezzanine size to suit 2 x single beds withspace in between, making the overall home 3 x 8 m [9.84x 26 ft], withmore room in the bathroom and laundry. We have included some superexciting design features and can't wait to release it."

Sourc: Tiny House Builders via Inhabitat

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