The pursuit of sustainable happiness: tiny homes

With smaller mortgages and energy bills – and a reduced carbon footprint, it’s no wonder the tiny house movement is proving right the phrase: good things come in small packages.

Written by Claire Spencer

With house prices skyrocketing and limited stock available it’s getting harder and harder to get into the housing market. So, it’s not surprising that first time buyers are exploring alternative options for creating a home.

Over the last decade or so, a growing movement of people have decided to pursue substance over stuff with the goal of building a sense of sustainable happiness.  Efficient uses of space, combined living and working environments, and the freedom to pick up and move at any time, are just some of the benefits that come from swapping the traditional bricks and mortar home to a tiny house.

But what happens when you reduce a standard house size of approximately 28 square metres to just 10 square metres? You’d be forgiven for thinking that buying into the tiny house movement means sacrifice, and to some extent you’d be right. Owners are given the unenviable task of downsizing to simplify their lives. However, with reduced mortgage sizes, and smaller energy bills, tiny home owners are investing in a sustainable housing alternative and ultimately a sense of freedom that money just can’t buy.

While the task of downsizing can be daunting, these sophisticated and let’s face it, adorable tiny home designs make the compromise worthwhile:

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The Alpha Tiny home by New Frontier Tiny Homes

With a drop-down awning that doubles as an outdoor entertaining area, an 8-seater dining area and space for a king-sized bed, this tiny home packs a punch in the size department. 

A Local Tiny home option from Designer Eco Homes

Local tiny home creators, Designer eco homes have created a range of tiny homes designed to fit any tiny home enthusiast’s desires. The Independent Series is efficient and can be customised to operate off-grid. The Independent combines a hybrid solar/mains power system; LED lighting; a composting toilet; a rainwater tank collection and a wood-fire combustion heater – not to mention a passive solar design for cooling. 

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The tiniest Tiny home from Japan

Japanese master-craftsman Tagami Haruhikolovingly created this simple and rustic design, keeping it lightweight at 500kg, with the aim of enabling a life on the road.  Inspired by the traditional and multifunctional Tatatami Room, the house design allows for a seamless shift from open space to office; office to kitchen; kitchen to dining and dining to bedroom. 

About the author

Claire has been with Origin for 9 years and working in Digital for 20 years. A self-confessed lover of food, travel, tech and all things mindful, she also runs Lojong Meditation school with her husband Tamkey, a former Tibetan Buddhist monk. Together they have a 3 year old son and are currently building their eco-dream-home in Daylesford. 

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