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A tiny house is born

25 May 2017

As with many businesses, Tiny House Builders was borne out of personal need - to create extra income while managing director Rebecca Bartlett was on maternity leave. After much research and consultation with council and designers, the original plan morphed into a cross between something permanent, and a caravan - a tiny house on wheels. A prototype was built and became the show home for a new business.  

That show home, of the Pohutukawa model, had it's first outing at the Tauranga Home Show in early May. Finished in Resene paints (Resene Lumbersider CoolColour Black on the outside, and Resene SpaceCote Black White on the inside), the 7m x 3m house includes a kitchen with enough room for a full-sized fridge/freezer, sink, combi oven, rangehood and even a dish drawer. There's a custom-made lounge suite/sofa bed/storage and dining area, as well as an option of additional living or sleeping in a second loft space; it accommodates up to six people. The lofts can take queen beds, doubles or singles while the downstairs bathroom has a 900mm × 900mm shower, a vanity and toilet. There is even room for a full-size washing machine which along with the shower is built out over the trailer's towing frame, making the full length of the unit 9.3m.

Inside the Tiny House Builders show home.

A cross-section graphic of the Pohutukawa model.

For more information, see Tiny House Builders