The principles of zen design have reached far and wide into all corners of the architectural world, Including tiny house design. Today, we’ve traveled to Byron Bay To meet a wonderful couple who have constructed a beautiful zen inspired tiny house on wheels Good day, Kester good day, Bryce Good. To meet you good to meet you mate, Hey Nadia, lovely, to meet you, Hello, Bryce, nice, to meet you! What an amazing looking tiny house you’ve got here and what an incredible spot You’ve found an amazing little nook for it here in this backyard. Haven’T you Yeah we’re lucky to have the two-story house in front, so it keeps a pretty private. So we kind of designed the house around this exact location. We knew where the trees were going to be. So where do we put the windows? So the whole house is designed around this exact spot.
So what was your motivation for building a tiny house? Well, we’ve actually been living in the big house downstairs with our friends for about seven years and they’ve got three kids, so the kids were getting bigger and bigger, and we knew that at some point we couldn’t share a bedroom with them. So We wanted to all keep living together and it’s a bit of a challenge in in the Byron Shire to find a place to live. So we thought it was kind of the perfect solution to build a tiny in the backyard. One of the things i feel most of all living in the space is grateful for the fact that our friends – let us put our tiny house here in such a beautiful location, That’s the main thing. I feel it’s just incredibly grateful that we’re able to live in our own space and be surrounded by lovely people. You know our chosen family, if you like, yeah, particularly being at a park straight between established trees and looking at this beautiful view just feels like home and and you just feel, yeah really really grateful every day for the beautiful space and and the incredible location that It’S in with our beautiful friends and family. Now this tiny house it’s a little bit bigger than normal. Isn’T it? What are the dimensions of the home? It’S actually three metres wide Internally, but then we’ve got little eaves on the house, so it’s actually 3.5 meters wide. Technically and it’s seven meters long With an extra 50 centimetres on the trailer tongue for the window box, so i think 34 square metres, including the loft actually having this wraparound deck, is an Amazing addition to the house as well. It adds so much livable space. Doesn’T it yeah it’s incredibly functional and You know, we’ve had maybe 12 to 15 people in this house. So they’ve been a couple of occasions, yeah more regularly than we thought And it works so well having a little deck outside and even having it around the this sort of northwest corner here is incredible: it means that cups of tea and wintertime – and you know lots Of little spaces for people to kind of come and hang out, and we we designed it so that it’s completely modular and Can be taken apart in a day and put back together in two days and popped on the back of a tow truck okay. So i can move it with the house so when you were actually designing this tiny house, what was the inspiration that went into the aesthetic of it? Well, we were kind of inspired by a combination of japanese design and swedish or nordic design, so we loved looking at all the swedish lake houses and Then then we were kind of inspired by the clean minimalistic lines of japanese design. So a bit of a combo. How long with the coziness of the scanner absolutely? Can you tell me about some of the materials that went into the construction of this? It’S basically a simple timber frame design and When it came to cladding, i think we wanted to use. You were looking at urban line.we or not yeah. We, yes, we really loved The look of old silvery wood, So we wanted to try and emulate that as best we could, but we couldn’t really afford it, and so we went with a pretty eco-friendly option, which is this stuff’s weather tex. It’S a australian company and i do sheets Made out of waste australian hardwood yeah, but then we we wanted some contrasting cladding. So we got some beautiful cedar and we did the show sub d bunch on the on the cedar. Kista got to buy himself an epic Flames, wrapping torch and have some fun, so that was cool. So that’s on the window box and the extruded window about the front unit and, of course, you’ve got that very iconic blue door as well yeah, totally just to give the little homage to the the skander look. We originally painted it yellow and it was just felt a little bit too urban, so we were trying out all these different colors and our friends looked at the sky and he said, maybe Maybe it has to be sky blue Too, to frame into the sky. So that’s what we went with hmm, we love it. Well, the exterior looks great. I cannot wait to see what you’ve done inside. Can we have a look come on in? Thank you wow. This is super spacious, big right. It’S like the tardis. We couldn’t believe how spacious it was on the initiative. You can definitely see the combination of scandinavian and japanese designing this and it’s such a great blend. Isn’T it thank you yeah. We really really love it. We love the the nice black frames of the windows, which feels a little bit deaf and easy, and the Kind of kind and answer type stare and but then the coziness of the sheepskins and that yeah look. That’S very scandinavian over there like houses, so yeah, And especially because the design is also so open. It just feels like it has a really nice flow through the home yeah we kind of maxed out on the windows. I Originally had even more windows in the design. My dad’s an architect and here to look at the plans and that’s kind of the one thing. The one Suggestion he had was to scale back the windows, but he did suggest is huge, 2.5 by 2.4 door. So the builder said we couldn’t really have gone any bigger with that, but yeah We love love all the light in the space and one of the things that you’re immediately greeted with in the house. Is This incredible plug box over here? What a lovely feature! Thank you, yeah. We hadn’t really seen that done elsewhere, um again, my dad in all of the houses He designed for us. As i was growing up, we always had a planter box and a stairwell. So that’s kind of like a little ode to him yeah. I thought we loved it. It’S really nice that it creates a little privacy screen, it’s lovely, having the green inside and feels really alive and sort of blends in with the outdoor garden really nicely. And, of course, here we are in our annual living room and look at that window box. What a great addition! It’S pretty special! Isn’T it! It just gives that extra little bit of space and it’s the perfect little not To sit in on a rainy day with a book, it’s excellent. So what do you do for watching a movie in here? Well, Brilliant projector on the coffee table and off you go yeah, so i feel fine about cinema. It’S super cozy and you can have four people lying down watching a movie which is pretty special in a tiny house. Yeah yeah! Well, that’s that’s! One of our favorite features, and then it looks like you’ve, also Actually built a whole lot of storage into this space as well. Absolutely we’ve got storage everywhere, probably more than we need. So We have all of our puppy gear in here, because we’ve got two dogs, which is one of the reasons why we went a little bit wider in the house. We’Ve got like spices and stuff in here. This is casters man shed He’s got all of his tools, it’s a very tidy man, ship and we’ve got a shoe drawer in here, which i’m quite proud of this is where my one little bit of um woodworking. I made the little shelves for our shoes. You know a tiny house and shoes, that’s really nice, but we also have nine hundred depths underneath the window box, so you can just lift these up And it’s super deep storage under there as well. So we are not wanting for storage, it’s brilliant! This is my favorite draw this one here, a nice long, deep, drawer everything they don’t have to go digging to find anything. There dubillac eat all the household drawer. This is our bag drawer because you have to have somewhere to put your bag when you come home from work – and this is our other favorite one. This is our Electrical books, so that’s where we have a la electrical cords and computer stuff. I just love how you itemize all of those things because being able to really just type everything away and know it things are in a Space, is part of Just basically working for you and your being able to actually living it right. I think to live in a small space. You’Ve got to maybe have a bit of a predilection for being organized and being able to live in Had things you know, organized very well organized. It certainly helps there’s no question about there. Nobody wants to be a tiny house hoarder And then behind us here we have your beautiful kitchen, and all of this cabinetry is just so well done. Isn’T it luckily the people we ended up going with? They had a guy who worked a lot with caravans, and So he was fantastic. He managed to Do a really lovely job, all the finishes that you know really the way we wanted it and he managed to source a very lightweight ply as well for all the carcasses for all the cabinetry, And i think, that’s probably saved us an enormous amount Away and then tell me about the design of the kitchen, we’d love to cook, And we often cook together, But we like space when we cook or we get grumpy so quick. We wanted a galley kitchen and we wanted quite a lot of counter top space for preparation. Caster was really Enthusiastic about having as much wood in here as possible, so we’re so glad we went with the tazzy oak bench top it’s! It’S really beautiful and really nice to work with and work on, and we have a lot of things in jars saying we wanted that accessible, Because it’s kind of inspiring to to see your food in front of you to get excited about what you’re gon na cook. So we wanted the open shelving the full stove, the full oven, because we hadn’t had an oven for seven years in our other house. So we were quite excited about being in a bake again and We wanted everything in drawers. So we we kind of maxed out on the drawers and we’ve got a quite a cool pull out, pantry as well, Which you can leave open and then that kind of becomes part of the space you don’t have to keep shutting it so that works really well. But my absolute favorite part of the kitchen is ridiculous. It’S this little cupboard here Which is um the dog food cupboard. You know you never have any way to put your dog food, so we designed the covered specifically. Oh the dog stuff. It’S really cute. One of my favorite bits about the kitchen is this big window, a big gas lift window that opens right up some of our friends of like and our tiny house a food truck because of it, and it’s it’s fantastic. You can open it right up and you feel like you’re standing at the sink and washing up outdoors, so it’s great and it means people can be standing outside the tiny house. I have drinks, pass them right from the kitchen. Absolutely we almost went as far as putting like a little fold down bar outside the window, but maybe that can be staged great idea, and is this the bathroom through here? Yes, this is it. We wanted a few things with the bathroom. We didn’t want it to be very different from the house. We wanted to keep the floor exactly the same, So there was the sense of continuing space. We wanted the shower to kind of blend in with the walls for the same reason, so it’s a pretty clean, simple bathroom and we wanted an outside Of door because we have an outdoor shower and it’s just brilliant. We use it all the time and the other thing was we Often wash the dogs in the shower, so we wanted to be able to just let them straight outside and rather than running, wet through the house. So we’ve got a um separate composting toilet, which is just brilliant, like no odor whatsoever, and we really really love it and just some simple shelving that we we kept open in the end. We didn’t go with cabinets because we just wanted everything to be accessible, and i really like how you’ve typed the basin in the corner of the shower there as well yeah, we realized without being at Obviously by having the door. Here we had to give up having your vanity Here, so we just went with a little wet room, So we just have the the duct board that we take out when i have a shower kester, always showers outside. So this is my shower. We just thought i would just pop a little thinking there in the corner and then people can watch their hands and it works really Really. Well, it’s brilliant and i have to say that i’m totally with you on that one kiss there, because if i’ve got an outdoor shower, there is no way i’m using the one inside the house Not a chance, not a chance, not one. You can share under the stars Exactly and then you’ve got a sleeping loft in this home too. Don’T you we do. We do sure yeah. Look. You can’t the stairs So we’ve designed it once you get to the top. You go straight onto your knees. Oh, i was not expecting this. It’S like you’ve got your own little zen garden up here, yep totally, It’s so beautiful and we we went with a slightly bigger loft So that it really felt like a bedroom, and we had space on both sides and that’s big enough over there that you can Do yoga over there and kassar can sit and do meditation, so it really feels like our entire other space yeah, absolutely it’s uh Having the especially having the plants. I think you get this lovely filtered light. It provides a really lovely screen so that you can have one person up here. I’Ll often sit up here and read a book and – And i wouldn’t even know there was someone else downstairs. One thing which is very unusual about this design. Is you have no lights in the ceiling yeah, we decided to go without lights in the ceiling. Mainly, we wanted to keep the lighting quite low at night and we actually have led strip in the planter box as well, that you turn on and it lights through. The plants, so you get kind of a dappled plant, light on the roof, which is really really lovely Beautiful. What a great little design feature yeah. So how long have you actually been living in the home? Now we’ve been here, It’s probably a year in three months. I think mm-hmm yeah that’s better and how are you finding life in the tiny house Perfect? To be honest, this house has far more storage than all the other houses we’ve lived in. The space is far more functional and Everything is right there when you need it. You haven’t got very far to go and i think when a house is thoroughly thought through and designed around the way that you live in a way that you work as a couple, It’s it makes such a big difference like it’s incredible. Everything is the way you need it to be, so you don’t need anything else, and obviously this is not a diy build project. You have brought in tradies on this project. So what was the cost of this? Build all up? The house cost seventy-three thousand and then the deck was another five thousand so about another five thousand. On top of that australian – and i mean for a for a house of this quality and finish – that is a remarkable price. Isn’T it yeah? We budgeted less, of course, but we’re really really happy with the outcome. It is more amazing than we could have imagined really happy with with all the work that was done. It was an incredibly rewarding process for us and something that we didn’t know we could do, but Now we’ve done it looking back, i think anyone can do it. This house is just such a treasure. I love how practical it is. I love all of the stories. That’S been built into it, but it’s still so open and just beautiful everywhere. I look. Congratulations on finishing an amazing project. Thanks brad thanks, there’s a saying in zen buddhism that only when men knows that enough is enough. Will he ever truly have enough. This house has enough style enough practicality, enough function and most certainly enough beauty to truly make this home enough.