The tiny house movement has been popular for a while, and this ultra-modern tiny house located in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, is incredibly amazing.
Lisa Tranter and her boyfriend Matt Hobbs are young professionals who met online, fell in love, then set about constructing their own home. The house is only 2.5 metres wide and sits on 16 acres, but it is spacious, and packed with everything they need.
A few years ago, following the bushfires that decimated the area, the block became available, Interiors Addict reported.
“The block came up for sale after the previous owner decided it was time for them to move on. After their house burnt down in bushfires, they weren’t in a position to rebuild,” says Lisa Tranter.
Because of her passion with the increasingly popular ‘tiny house movement,’ Lisa actually inspired Matt on one of their dates to explore downsizing to a smaller abode. With breathtaking views of the natural surroundings, they both decided to build their own home because Matt is a a plumber by trade and owns Hobbs Bathroom Co, which specializes in bathroom and kitchen renovations, so he built much of the house himself, according to Daily Mail.
“When Matt and I met, I spoke about tiny houses virtually non-stop, talking about ideas, companies already building and ways for me to get one. He started looking into them as well and as our relationship progressed, he thought it would be a good challenge,” says Lisa.
“We did most of the work ourselves, calling in favours from friends and family with tradie backgrounds to help when needed which definitely kept the cost down for us,” says Lisa of the house that was built on wheels with the intention of being able to move it around in the future. “The house is on wheels because we had planned to be able to move it however as we own the land and don’t intend on going anywhere any time soon, that’s kind of been made redundant. It’s still an option though should we decide to move,” states Lisa.
The tiny home measures a tad over 8 feet wide, is nearly 30 feet long and is 14 feet high. It took the pair three months to build on land they bought together in an isolated area in July last year.
“The build roughly took three months, and at a rough estimate we would put the cost at around $90,000,” the couple said.
In early December, the couple decided to move to this tiny house.
Despite its small size, the house includes a full home layout, including a living room, a ‘full-size’ kitchen, bathroom, fireplace, air conditioning, solar panels for electricity and stairway to the bedroom.
To provide more storage space, the couple cleverly positioned the refrigerator and oven under the stairway.
“We wanted a full-sized kitchen with full-sized appliances, so we built the kitchen around those,” the couple said.
“The bathroom is a space we often use together so we made it large enough that we can both be in there without getting in each others way.”
The pair discussed the advantages of living in a tiny house that can be cleaned in less than 30 minutes.
“Cleaning on a bad day is 30 minutes max. We have no desire or room to fill excess space with things so we aren’t feeding the consumerist agenda,” the couple said.
Their tiny house also has helped them save up to $2,000 on electricity a year.
“The power with the air conditioning running virtually all the time over summer was about $300 per quarter. The four bedroom house we were in before was about $800 per quarter, with solar already installed so it’s a huge saving now.
“Water is about $140. We wanted to see how much we consumed before going off grid, so we could accurately work out how many solar panels or water tanks to put in.”