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Australian Family Build Tiny Studio called ‘The Pod’

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Check out this modern tiny studio designed as a ‘granny flat’ for visiting family members. In 2012 an Australian family had this studio designed by Taft|Studio for Architecture.

The family wanted to give their parents a nice place to stay while visiting for long summers. This allowed them to stay longer and feel more comfortable staying for months while their grandchildren were out of school.

They made the open living area include a small kitchen and dining table, along with plenty of cabinets. Take a close look at the colorful back splash in the kitchen area. It’s made from stacked Legos with a piece of glass over it. Cool, right?

Nestled inside is also a compact bedroom and bathroom. Giving them plenty of privacy away from the main living house.  The studio is connected to the main house by a deck with a covered veranda.

In my eyes I could live in this small space without a doubt.

There is a glass skylight that reaches the length of the tiny studio providing more natural light throughout. Also gives beautiful garden views surrounding the studio. The more windows/light the better in my opinion.

Australian Outback Tiny Studio called ‘The Pod’


Images © Shantanu Starick/Taft|Studio for Architecture


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Images © Shantanu Starick/Takt|Studio for Architecture

I love the zen vibe about this place. I could definitely live in something like this. What about you?

If you were this Australian family would you consider possibly living in the studio while renting out the larger house?

Just an idea.

If you want let us know what you think in the comments below. 🙂


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  • Otessa Regina Compton
    July 16, 2014, 8:07 pm


  • Brian
    July 16, 2014, 8:15 pm

    Lots of class and style in the design. This house would be great as a permanent residence. Thankyou for sharing. Cheers from Aus

  • Michael
    July 16, 2014, 8:16 pm

    I love it. its quite my style.

  • sc
    July 16, 2014, 8:31 pm

    Beautiful, even that looks like an 400, 000 dollar house.

  • Tom
    July 16, 2014, 10:00 pm

    I think that is really nice. It has a great style.

  • Lisa E.
    July 17, 2014, 12:35 am

    Oh, my gosh!!! This place is HUGE!!! No thanks. I’ll take Joseph Tayyar’s truck house over this any day. It’s palace enough for me.

    I have to laugh at myself. Do you realize that the first house I ever owned was almost five thousand square feet? Then I moved into eighteen hundred square feet. And now I want a tiny house? Lemme tell ya, I’ve been bitten by the tiny house bug and I’ll never go back. (I look at anything over four hundred square feet and my skin starts to crawl!)

  • alice h
    July 17, 2014, 11:15 am

    A bit big for me but love the style. The Lego backsplash would be tons of fun if you could change the bricks around, something to do with the grandkids in the evening. I like the built-ins and the look of the light plywood against the dark beams.

    • Wendy
      July 17, 2014, 4:58 pm

      I totally agree about the Lego backsplash. I think that is something I will incorporate into my “dream” tiny kitchen with the grandchildren being the designers.

  • gale
    April 19, 2015, 9:48 am

    Absolutely beautiful. Wonderful light and space.

  • Susan
    April 19, 2015, 11:10 am

    This would be perfect for me!

  • Carole Sarvis
    April 20, 2015, 5:50 am

    Lovely, yes, I could live in this studio. If I could select the tenants then I could rent the big house too.

  • Denise
    April 20, 2015, 6:01 am

    It would be hard to be depressed in a place like this. Great use of windows and layout to maximize on light and space. Not tiny, but modest and comfortable. I sure wish I could see a closeup of that Lego backsplash; from a distance it looks beautifully colourful, but I want details. 😀

  • kid
    April 20, 2015, 8:19 pm

    very nice. glad to see more photos on here. good layout and design. it does look to be a bit expensive to build on my bank book but if l could afford it l would do it.

  • Susanne
    April 22, 2015, 11:26 pm

    Considering Australia is a place where some people live in caves in order to have affordable homes, I’d say this is wonderful and hopefully affordable for all!

  • Jennifer M
    October 20, 2016, 10:33 pm

    Is there a way I could get a floor plan and list of materials and blueprints? I want to build this in Tennessee. I’d love a video tour as well, please. Email me at [email protected]. Thanks!

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