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Compact tiny house puts a new spin on homework with loft-based office

Compact tiny house puts a new ...
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's office area has a small space for people to lower their feet, making sitting more comfortable
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's office area has a small space for people to lower their feet, making sitting more comfortable
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's sofa converts into a double bed for guests
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's sofa converts into a double bed for guests
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's sofa bed contains integrated storage
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's sofa bed contains integrated storage
A closer look at some of the Wai-Iti Tiny House sofa bed's integrated storage space
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A closer look at some of the Wai-Iti Tiny House sofa bed's integrated storage space
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's storage-integrated staircase includes a small dog crate
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's storage-integrated staircase includes a small dog crate
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's bathroom includes a composting toilet
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's bathroom includes a composting toilet
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's kitchen is well-stocked and, as well as the oven and fridge pictured, contains a washer/dryer
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's kitchen is well-stocked and, as well as the oven and fridge pictured, contains a washer/dryer
In addition to the composting toilet, the Wai-Iti Tiny House's compact bathroom includes a shower and sink
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In addition to the composting toilet, the Wai-Iti Tiny House's compact bathroom includes a shower and sink
Visitors enter the Wai-Iti Tiny House into the living room, which is dominated by its large L-shaped sofa bed
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Visitors enter the Wai-Iti Tiny House into the living room, which is dominated by its large L-shaped sofa bed
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's bedroom looks light-filled thanks to its generous glazing
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's bedroom looks light-filled thanks to its generous glazing
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's office area has a small space for people to lower their feet, making sitting more comfortable
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's office area has a small space for people to lower their feet, making sitting more comfortable
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's home office looks pretty snug though has some storage space available
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's home office looks pretty snug though has some storage space available
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's living room includes shelving and a window seat
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's living room includes shelving and a window seat
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's bedroom area is topped by a skylight and includes a double bed and some storage space
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's bedroom area is topped by a skylight and includes a double bed and some storage space
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's bedroom is reached by storage-integrated staircase
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's bedroom is reached by storage-integrated staircase
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's kitchen includes a breakfast bar for two
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's kitchen includes a breakfast bar for two
The Wai-Iti Tiny House
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's kitchen includes a fridge/freezer and oven with propane-powered four-burner stove
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's interior is finished in lightweight poplar core plywood
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House's interior is finished in lightweight poplar core plywood
The Wai-Iti Tiny House has a vinyl exterior that's similar to previous Build Tiny models
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House has a vinyl exterior that's similar to previous Build Tiny models
The Wai-Iti Tiny House measures just 8 m (26 ft) in length
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House measures just 8 m (26 ft) in length
The Wai-Iti Tiny House is based on a double axle trailer
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The Wai-Iti Tiny House is based on a double axle trailer
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New Zealand's Build Tiny has a knack for maximizing available floorspace in its compact builds and this is the case with its latest model too. Named the Wai-Iti Tiny House, it measures just 8 m (26 ft) in length, but the firm managed to shoehorn in a well-stocked kitchen, an office, and a spare bed for guests.

The Wai-Iti (which an internet search tells us is Māori for small river) is based on a double axle trailer and comprises a steel frame, with a vinyl exterior that looks similar to many of Build Tiny's previous models. It's also wired ready for a future solar panel setup, though gets power from a standard RV-style hookup for now.

The Wai-Iti Tiny House's living room includes shelving and a window seat
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's living room includes shelving and a window seat

Visitors enter the home into the living room, which is dominated by a large L-shaped sofa that has quite a lot of integrated storage space and can be rearranged into a double bed when guests stay over. There's also some shelving and generous glazing, including a window seat.

Nearby is the kitchen. This contains a small breakfast bar seating area for two, an oven with four-burner propane-powered stove, a fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, and relatively generous cabinetry. The kitchen connects to the bathroom through a pocket sliding door and this hosts a composting toilet, shower, and sink.

There's just one upstairs loft in the Wai-Iti, which is reached by a storage-integrated staircase that also has a puppy crate installed. This has a low ceiling like most tiny houses but is split into two areas.

The Wai-Iti Tiny House's bedroom area is topped by a skylight and includes a double bed and some storage space
The Wai-Iti Tiny House's bedroom area is topped by a skylight and includes a double bed and some storage space

Visitors first enter into the bedroom area, which has a double bed and some shelving and cabinets, plus a skylight and a pair of windows. Behind lies the home office area, which has some shelving and a desk, as well as a footwell cut into the floor to enable the owner to sit somewhat comfortably. Obviously it's not the most ergonomic way to spend a working day but is better than what's available in most tiny house lofts.

The Wai-Iti Tiny House was delivered as a turnkey unit with the furniture and appliances all included for a couple in New Zealand's South Island. We've no word on cost for this one, though previous similar models by the firm have fetched around NZD 145,000 (roughly US$107,000).

Source: Build Tiny

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paul314
With deliveries, the occupant(s) would never have to leave their dwelling. I'm not sure how I feel about that.