Top Reasons to go “tiny” with us;
- Over 15 years experience in home building and design
- Australian made
- No council DA required
- Custom designs at no additional charge
- Fully insulated with double glazed windows
Tiny Home Ideas?
Our experience from home building tells us that there are a number of factors that make a home energy efficient. You can’t just add solar power and claim you have a great energy efficient house. You must incorporate the 5 key elements; ORIENTATION, INSULATION, THERMAL MASS, VENTILATION, and FLOORING. All these factors are covered in our tiny homes along with the all-important solar power. We utilize a specially designed hybrid solar/mains power system to meet the needs of our tiny homes.
Designer Eco Tiny Homes is committed to sustainability. We understand that a home is more than a physical building. Social and environmental factors play a part in the design and construction of all our homes. Choice of building materials and construction techniques is a constant consideration in order to produce a home that meets all your needs; physical, social, and environmental.
In order to be sustainable, a tiny home must also be affordable. Unlike a regular home, a tiny home is not subject to the same level of government red tape and high fees that is associated with home construction. So compared to a regular build you can save tens of thousands of dollars. You also don’t have the lengthy council approval process to endure and the tiny homes are generally installed in less than a day. So no months of onsite construction noise to deal with or messy tradesmen to clean up after!
Why a Tiny Home?
What is a Tiny Home?
A Tiny Home is a new way to build in a sustainable way. Conventional homes are fixed to the ground, but a tiny home is built on top of a steel chassis with axles, wheels, braking system and tow hitch. It is classed as a registered trailer/caravan. Unlike conventional caravans, a Tiny Home is designed to look like a small house. In order to be classed as a tiny home it must be built no larger than 2.5m wide x 4.3m high x 12.5m long. Once the tiny home is placed on a site in the location you desire, the government allows for an additional structure to be added to the side of the tiny home equal to its size whereby making the total maximum size of a tiny home as 5m wide x 4.3m high x 12.5m long. Given the allowable height, additional floor area can be utilized in the design by incorporating loft areas.
The use of the Tiny Homes is governed by the Local Government Regulation 2005 (LGR 2005). Within the LGR 2005 it allows for the use of a Tiny Home without the need for council approval. This means a Tiny Home can be installed in a much quicker time frame and without the high cost of the Local Government fees and charges compared with conventional construction approaches.
There are unlimited design possibilities within the size requirements available. Each tiny home can be custom designed to suit whatever purpose you have set for it. The main structure is built on either a tandem or triaxle trailer depending on size and weight. If required, an additional structure to the side can be added. This can be built on site or an additional transportable structure utilized to create the space. A local certified structural engineer is required to verify the construction and confirm the appropriate anchoring points are installed (included with all Designer Eco Tiny Home structures)
The tiny home is made using traditional home building materials and techniques. However, the design is up to you. It can contain a lounge room, kitchen, ground floor bedroom, loft bedroom –single and double, shower and toilet. It can also be designed as a studio or office, granny flat or student accommodation. The list of uses is almost endless. It’s really up to your imagination.
The two main questions we are asked about the construction are about power and toilet. The power to the tiny home can come from multiple sources. For all our tiny homes we utilize and hybrid solar/mains system. We have solar panels on the roof with battery storage. This mainly runs the lights and USB outlets. We also have a single 15AMP power supply from the main residence on the land. This powers the other 240V appliances like the fridge, microwave etc. The mains power also acts as a booster for the battery storage in times of overcast weather or shading in winter months. But we can also create for you a fully off grid solution if you require. The other main question is the toilet. Again, there are many options, but we use a standard dual flush toilet for all our tiny homes. Once the tiny home is placed on the site, the local government will require a licenced plumber to connect the toilet from the ready-made connection point under the tiny home to the existing sewerage system. If the existing system is not available due to site conditions there are a number of other alternatives to be able to dispose of the waste appropriately. Some of these include underground tank and pump system (pumps waste up hill to connect to existing system), septic system with absorption trenches (rural areas only), storage and pump out, cassette removal or even a composting toilet system. No matter the site, there are many options to consider in order to install an appropriate toilet system.