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The Tiny House Project

We like to call it “The Tiny”.


Our first tiny house build was inspired by the tiny house movement, but it does not have the full amenities of a house, it’s simply a “tiny”. It was designed as a single person living space that would be situated as a satellite dwelling to a main house. It’s perfect as a garden apartment or backyard guest house.

The tiny house project was a collaboration between James Galletly (The Upcyclist) and a recycling center. It was undertaken as a demonstration and information gathering exercise. We wanted to demonstrate what can be done with recycled materials and expose the public to the concept of tiny house living.

The tiny is made from more than 95% recycled materials. Sourced primarily from salvage yards around Sydney. The few items purchased new include roofing screws, front door deadlock and electricity inverter. The exterior cladding is an artistically assembled combination of salvaged zinc alum, corrugated iron, cedar weatherboards, and hardwood fence palings. The internal walls are lined with an eclectic combination of plywood sheeting and flooring sample boards. The wall cavity is filled with a mix of standard housing insulation; earthwool (a product made from recycled glass and sand), polyester batts, and pink batts. The ceiling is insulated with reflective foil lined air-cell from an import company. The shelving and desk are re purposed Tasmanian oak cupboard doors.

The build turned out to be rather successful in discovering an avid fan base of small space living and down sizing within Australia and proving second hand materials are a viable option for creating desirable housing.

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