Tiny Houses

Off-grid tiny house keeps things nice and simple

The Barrington Tops Cabin measures a total of 14 sq m (150 sq ft)
The Barrington Tops Cabin measures a total of 14 sq m (150 sq ft)
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The Barrington Tops Cabin is based on a double-axle trailer
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The Barrington Tops Cabin is based on a double-axle trailer
The Barrington Tops Cabin measures a total of 14 sq m (150 sq ft)
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The Barrington Tops Cabin measures a total of 14 sq m (150 sq ft)
The Barrington Tops Cabin features a rooftop solar array
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The Barrington Tops Cabin features a rooftop solar array
The Barrington Tops Cabin's kitchen includes a camping-style stove for cooking
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The Barrington Tops Cabin's kitchen includes a camping-style stove for cooking
The Barrington Tops Cabin includes one bed
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The Barrington Tops Cabin includes one bed
The Barrington Tops Cabin is clad in Weathertex, which is made from by-products in the timber industry
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The Barrington Tops Cabin is clad in Weathertex, which is made from by-products in the timber industry
The Barrington Tops Cabin features generous glazing
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The Barrington Tops Cabin features generous glazing
The Barrington Tops Cabin is accessed by French doors
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The Barrington Tops Cabin is accessed by French doors
The Barrington Tops Cabin's sleeping area has integrated storage
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The Barrington Tops Cabin's sleeping area has integrated storage
The Barrington Tops Cabin includes a small dining table
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The Barrington Tops Cabin includes a small dining table
The Barrington Tops Cabin is located in a picturesque spot in Barrington Tops National Park, a protected national park in Hunter Valley, Australia
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The Barrington Tops Cabin is located in a picturesque spot in Barrington Tops National Park, a protected national park in Hunter Valley, Australia
The Barrington Tops Cabin's interior is finished in birch plywood
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The Barrington Tops Cabin's interior is finished in birch plywood
The French doors really open up the Barrington Tops Cabin to the outside
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The French doors really open up the Barrington Tops Cabin to the outside
The Barrington Tops Cabin's bathroom includes operable window louvers
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The Barrington Tops Cabin's bathroom includes operable window louvers
The Barrington Tops Cabin's sleeping area boasts generous glazing
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The Barrington Tops Cabin's sleeping area boasts generous glazing
The Barrington Tops Cabin features a timber frame and rigid foam insulation
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The Barrington Tops Cabin features a timber frame and rigid foam insulation
The Barrington Tops Cabin's bathroom is finished in fiber cement sheets, giving it an unfinished concrete look
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The Barrington Tops Cabin's bathroom is finished in fiber cement sheets, giving it an unfinished concrete look
The Barrington Tops Cabin's bathroom includes a sink, shower, and composting toilet
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The Barrington Tops Cabin's bathroom includes a sink, shower, and composting toilet
The Barrington Tops Cabin's bathroom features copper pipe taps, accentuating the utilitarian aesthetic of the room
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The Barrington Tops Cabin's bathroom features copper pipe taps, accentuating the utilitarian aesthetic of the room
The Barrington Tops Cabin has a simple interior layout that's all on one floor
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The Barrington Tops Cabin has a simple interior layout that's all on one floor

Sydney, Australia's Fresh Prince has done an excellent job with its recently-completed Barrington Tops Cabin. The tiny house runs off-the-grid with a roof-based solar power setup and features a simple but comfortable interior suitable for up to two people.

The Barrington Tops Cabin is based on a double-axle trailer and measures 14 sq m (150 sq ft). It's clad in Weathertex, which is made from timber industry by-product, and consists of a timber frame, with rigid foam insulation.

Visitors enter through French doors into the kitchen area. This includes a small dining table, a sink, and a camping-style stove, plus cabinetry. Nearby is the bed, which has quite a lot of integrated storage and is surrounded by large windows.

The Barrington Tops Cabin's sleeping area boasts generous glazing
The Barrington Tops Cabin's sleeping area boasts generous glazing

Over on the opposite side of the cabin to the bedroom is the bathroom. This is finished in fiber cement sheets, lending it a utilitarian look that's accentuated by the copper pipe taps and shower. The bathroom also has a composting toilet and operable window louvers.

The Barrington Tops Cabin gets all power from its roof-based solar panels and features LED lighting and efficient Low-E glazing. It's located by a river in a picturesque spot near the Barrington Tops National Park, a protected national park in Hunter Valley, Australia.

The French doors really open up the Barrington Tops Cabin to the outside
The French doors really open up the Barrington Tops Cabin to the outside

"Based on simple geometry, reminiscent of Thoreau’s cabin, we set out to create a dwelling as simple and small as possible," says Richie Northcott, founder of Fresh Prince. "It needed to contain all the essentials for living, yet feel spacious and uncluttered at the same time. We are passionate about reducing our footprint through design and construction, and this cabin was an exploration into how small and light we could get. We still have a long way to go in this pursuit, but it is exciting to have created such a low-impact space - not only in our material choices and off-grid systems, but through minimizing the disturbance to the natural surroundings as well."

We've no word on how much the Barrington Tops Cabin cost to build but it is available to rent on Airbnb.

Source: Fresh Prince

1 comment
Steve eaton
While i'm interested in the tiny-house saga, many questions remain. Nothing was mentioned about where the trailer house obtains its water. And how long will it be allowed to remain in the park...and for free? If the owner moves it from the park, where's he/she gonna put it? Remember, most municipalities, at least in the US, will not allow a trailer to be parked in ones' parents' driveway for ad unfinitum, to be lived in as if it's a permanent dwelling. Far too many unanswered questions about this bnew fangled business.