Tiny Houses

Tiny house designed around a family's needs

Tiny house designed around a f...
The Tiny Tāwharau cost around NZD 145,000 (roughly US$93,000)
The Tiny Tāwharau cost around NZD 145,000 (roughly US$93,000)
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The Tiny Tāwharau features a bunk bed sleeping area for the kids
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The Tiny Tāwharau features a bunk bed sleeping area for the kids
The Tiny Tāwharau's main bedroom is topped by a skylight
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The Tiny Tāwharau's main bedroom is topped by a skylight
The Tiny Tāwharau has a small storage shelf over the kitchen area
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The Tiny Tāwharau has a small storage shelf over the kitchen area
The Tiny Tāwharau includes a rear entrance
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The Tiny Tāwharau includes a rear entrance
The Tiny Tāwharau cost around NZD 145,000 (roughly US$93,000)
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The Tiny Tāwharau cost around NZD 145,000 (roughly US$93,000)
The Tiny Tāwharau is based on a double-axle trailer
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The Tiny Tāwharau is based on a double-axle trailer
The Tiny Tāwharau is finished in vinyl cladding
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The Tiny Tāwharau is finished in vinyl cladding
The Tiny Tāwharau measures 8 m (26 ft) in length
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The Tiny Tāwharau measures 8 m (26 ft) in length
The Tiny Tāwharau has lots of kitchen counter space
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The Tiny Tāwharau has lots of kitchen counter space
Entry to the Tiny Tāwharau is via large glass double doors
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Entry to the Tiny Tāwharau is via large glass double doors
The Tiny Tāwharau's interior is centered around the kitchen
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The Tiny Tāwharau's interior is centered around the kitchen
The Tiny Tāwharau's bathroom includes a shower, sink, and composting toilet
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The Tiny Tāwharau's bathroom includes a shower, sink, and composting toilet
The Tiny Tāwharau's top bunk
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The Tiny Tāwharau's top bunk
The Tiny Tāwharau features a storage unit on wheels that doubles as a bench
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The Tiny Tāwharau features a storage unit on wheels that doubles as a bench
The Tiny Tāwharau's main bedroom is reached by a step la
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The Tiny Tāwharau's main bedroom is reached by a step ladder on wheels
The Tiny Tāwharau's large doors open the home up to the outside
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The Tiny Tāwharau's large doors open the home up to the outside
The Tiny Tāwharau includes a bunk bed sleeping area for the family's two young kids
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The Tiny Tāwharau includes a bunk bed sleeping area for the family's two young kids
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Raising a family can be challenging enough in a large home, let alone a tiny house. Therefore, when commissioned to build a new model for a couple with two young kids, Build Tiny designed the Tiny Tāwharau around the needs of daily family life.

The Tiny Tāwharau is based on a double-axle trailer and measures 8 m (26 ft) in length. It has a vinyl exterior and comprises a steel frame. The owners themselves actually had significant input into the design too, even going so far as to learn how to use 3D design software to help realize their vision for their home.

Visitors enter into the main living area through large double glass doors. To the left, where you might expect to find a living room, is a sleeping area for the kids instead. This has bunk beds, with a ladder and a netted area next to the top bunk, both for safety and to serve as a hammock (the area is pictured open but will have a divider installed for privacy).

The Tiny Tāwharau includes a bunk bed sleeping area for the family's two young kids
The Tiny Tāwharau includes a bunk bed sleeping area for the family's two young kids

Nearby is the kitchen. This is spacious for a tiny house and has lots of counter space available. A storage unit with chalkboard sides for the kids to draw on pulls out and provides bench seating. Part of the countertop space is actually a table and can be pulled out too and be used as a dining table, or even taken outside. Additionally, there's a large storage area, a fridge/freezer, a small portable cooker, and a sink.

The kitchen connects to the bathroom with a sliding door. This includes a shower, sink, composting toilet, and a laundry area with washer/dryer. There's also a secondary door here that will be used for access for the kids when they're out playing, so they don't tread mud directly into the kitchen area.

The main bedroom is accessed by a step ladder on wheels and is a typical tiny house-style loft bedroom with a low ceiling. It has a king-sized bed and is topped by a skylight.

The Tiny Tāwharau has lots of kitchen counter space
The Tiny Tāwharau has lots of kitchen counter space

The Tiny Tāwharau gets power from a standard RV-style grid hookup and was delivered as a turnkey build with furniture and appliances included. It cost around NZD 145,000 (roughly US$93,000).

Source: Build Tiny

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