Big creativity shows way for tiny homes
WHILE many Sydneysiders lament having to make do with small houses, there are some looking to live in as small a space as possible.
The tiny house movement is a trend that has people in search of the simple life building their own cramped, low-cost houses.
The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre in Marrickville is showing how it’s done this week by displaying its creation at 107 Projects in Redfern from August 24 to 28.
The 4m x 2.4m house is a collaborative project with Sydney TAFE Outreach and Mission Providence as a work-for-the-dole scheme to give hands-on experience in carpentry and upcycling to 30 participants.
Bower general manager Guido Verbist says the minimalist approach is the main motivation behind the tiny house movement.
“It’s just the basics and it forces you to think of what you really want to put into your home,” he says.
“The space is used to its maximum for basics like sleeping and cooking,” he says.
The house, which will be sold at The Bower’s yearly auction on November 5, was built on a former car trailer for portability and features a kitchen corner, bunk bed and storage.
“We have a big solar panel on the roof and that will be enough to cater for the basic circuit needs,” Verbist says.
“Extras like a fridge and microwave will need to have access to a power grid.”
Verbist says he hopes that the recent council approval of Australia’s first tiny house project in the Central Coast could open the door for more.
Clockwise from left: the tiny house The Bower made with James Galletly (pictured) in 2014. Picture Danny Aarons; construction of the tiny house at 107 Projects; The Bower’s Shane Wiechnik, Rohin Wilkes and Sydney TAFE NSW Outreach’s Anthony Donnellan on-site.