Tiny houses are part of a trend in housing that coincide with shrinking resources, finances and space, and the need to relocate or build quickly.
If you drive outside any of the cities in Australia, there is countryside for hundreds of kilometres in most directions. Australia is spoilt for land mass, but has limited water resources and old, fragile earth. Living with a light footprint, and utilising modern technology to go off grid is a way forward for creating more usable space for a migrating population.
These tiny houses are portable. They are different from RV’s or caravans as the structure is of a small house, just on a trailer, or able to be put on a trailer. The possibilities with this type of housing are as varied as the available building materials.
The beauty of tiny houses is the ability to make them completely off grid, and the portability means they can easily be relocated. Designs can be as traditional as a timber cabin or a contemporary minimalist structure.
The affordability of tiny homes also means they are perfect for people on low or irregular incomes. As they become more popular, I’m hoping tiny villages will become available around Australia where these structures can be parked on a permanent basis.
There is also the opportunity for communal living with like-minded people, such as artist villages. Shared resources, communal areas, and edible gardens opens up a type of living that reduces expenses, and creates supportive communities.
Off Grid Tiny Houses in Melbourne tested a house design that included solar power with battery storage, rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling, with $15 of LPG (propane) a month to fuel a stove and hot water. For a list of tiny house makers in Australia, see here tinyhousevillage.com.au