Big cre­ativ­ity shows way for tiny homes

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

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.

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