I absolutely love innovative designers who see problems and find solutions, and that’s the case with Tom from TC Tiny. He saw the need for bushfire-resistant tiny homes in Australia, and he stepped in the gap to fill the need! We could certainly use homes like this in California, with the frequent wildfires over there.
This is his most recent creation, which he sold to Little Tootie Eco Retreat. The interior features Tom’s signature “farm punk” style that’s a mix of rustic and industrial. It includes all you need for full-time living, including a bathroom, first-floor bedroom, and micro office for those who work from home. What do you think?
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TC Tiny Homes Builds Fire-Resistant Tiny House for Little Tootie Eco Retreat in Bilpin, Australia
You’ll notice there’s a ground-floor bedroom inside.
The kitchen takes up much of the right side of the build.
On the left, there’s banquet seating and a shower.
Metal roofing makes a waterproof shower stall.
A full-length mirror on this door.
Luxurious rainfall showerhead.
Compact office for working from home.
That furry wall is something new!
Close up on the fabric for the dinette.
Toaster, electric cooktop, and a little sink.
There are fireproof shutters for the windows.
- Bushfire resistant to BAL 40
- Zero carbon emissions
- Crafted from reclaimed materials.
- Off-grid solar and water
- Zero carbon emissions
- Exceptional thermal control
- Designed for full-time living
- Unique Farm-punk style inside and out
- Roadworthy and registered in Victoria.
- Low-visual impact
- Easy to tow
- Easy to access for limited mobility.
- Induction stove
- Air head composting toilet
- Large shower
- work desk
- Dining table and custom couch
- Double bed
- Ample powerpoints
- Sensor lights
- Wicking bed planter boxes with mature plants.
- Air con
- Huge storage capacity
- locks and latches all fitted for transport.
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As a Bug Out this is probably the best example, improvement with HEMP compressed inside panes maybe when they become available. That Fur is probably flammable or at least toxic in high heat. These are so kewl they should be mass produced…Probably pick one up for a little over $180K…great idea for Riech Folks.
Though aesthetically less appealing than some, it’s safety factor certainly makes this tiny house something to consider in high fire areas. It certainly has all of the basics of living that one would need and the floor plan is efficient. Rainfall shower heads are unappealing to me so that would have to be replaced with a handheld for ease in rinsing off. I apologize for my negative reaction to it but it is mostly because it is so dark inside and it feels like it is pressing down on you. White walls with light wood accents would be uplifting, remove that shaggy wall and it would be a quite comfortable tiny cottage. Very suitable for out in the bush, though. You certainly wouldn’t have to be fussy about it and dirty boots wouldn’t be an issue. It’s main appeal is safety and that is huge! Definitely a welcome sight if you are trying to outrun/survive a fire!
And, yes, I recognize that some of the walls are white. I also recognize that many will find this tiny house perfect just the way it is and that’s great. All of my suggestions are based on personal preference only. Lose the red walls, lighten up the wood as well as the upholstery and it would be near perfect. Overall, a very good share so thank you!
Well it certainly would save you from being burnt to a crisp in a bush/wild fire. But it won’t save you from the heat… and that is a real killer. Imagine a wildfire encompassing this structure. Not only would it become very hot (Surprise) but the time it is encompassed would almost certainly suck out, if not all, certainly most, of the available oxygen. And That Is A Killer.
Yes, it would have to be BAL FZ rated to handle the fire directly. So you’d still have to follow typical site rules of keeping anything flammable a good distance from the structure. While you may still need to evacuate the area until the fire has passed and the air quality returns to acceptable levels.
I think like James said, it’s designed to withstand a bushfire when closed up while you are personally safely evacuated. I don’t think it’s meant as a bushfire bunker scenario, for the reasons you mentioned (too hot, no oxygen).