Many people who build tiny homes typically design them to small enough to not require building permits -- a design constraint that has resulted in a diversity of small-space innovations, allowing tiny homeowners to not only save money on materials and maintenence, but to also affordably own a fully functional home of their dreams.
But tiny homes don't always have to look rustic or quaint -- in this smart combination of the tiny home and shipping container home genres, Auckland, New Zealand tiny house builder Brenda Kelly of IQ Container Homes gave our friends over at Living Big in a Tiny House a tour of her 19-foot tiny shipping container home (we know, we know, 19 feet isn't that tiny per se, but watch and read on):
There are a lot of intelligent ideas for space-saving in this design. Brenda's strategy was to use only 13 feet of this 19-foot container for habitation, as permits are not required for buildings that are under 10 square meters (107 square feet) in her region. The excess space is turned into an outdoor porch, and a space for storing various utilities like batteries and pump, which in addition to the solar panels and rainwater harvesting system, help make this an off-grid residence.
The interior is well-lit and well-appointed with modern-styled amenities in the kitchen (under-cabinet lighting and a blue backsplash) and bathroom (transparent roof sheeting allows natural daylighting).
The most interesting reversal of the quaint tiny house paradigm here is the placement of the living room and the bedroom; in most tiny houses, the bedroom is lofted on top, here, Brenda has prioritized her sitting area to sit on top of the sleeping space, giving more headroom for the lounge. Nevertheless, she can still sit up in bed to read, and at the foot of her bed and under the stairs is ample storage for clothing.
Costing about $30,000 to build, the design's unremarkable exterior hides a functional and stylish interior packed with plenty of excellent ideas; check out more over at Living Big in a Tiny House.