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How this tiny brick house in Australia was legally built

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This is a tiny house built out of bricks! It’s quite nice, isn’t it? Being in the United States, it’s actually kind of rare to see something like this… A seemingly new structure that’s, well, pretty small of a house.

Well, the reason this website exists is to showcase interesting examples of tiny and small homes in the hopes that it is entertaining for you and that it will somehow and in some way inspire more small homes to actually be built. Cool, right? So this is the Wentworthville Granny Flat Tiny House in Australia by 5 Star Granny Flats. Enjoy!

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Tiny brick house in Australia… A legal backyard tiny home😊

How did they build this tiny house legally??

So how did they get away with building such a beautiful and tiny house? Well, in Australia, it’s classified as a Granny Flat for zoning purposes. In other words, it’s kind of like a guest house or an accessory dwelling unit. Pretty interesting, right? That’s one way to build tiny legally in highly populated and regulated areas.

Currently, 5 Star Granny Flats offer a few different design options for granny flats in Australia:

  • Studio Granny Flats – see designs and floor plans for that here
  • 1 Bedroom Granny Flats – more info here
  • 2 Bedroom Granny Flats – more info here
  • 3 Bedroom Granny Flats – more info here


Could granny flats, guest houses, and accessory dwelling units be one of the best ways to build tiny and small houses legally? We think so… How about you? What else could we do? What other ways are there to legally build tiny?

Our big thanks to 5 Star Granny Flats for sharing!🙏

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  • Matt
    June 14, 2019, 7:44 am

    That is great! Very clean looking. Wish we could find some kind of loophole, trying to put a tiny house in Northwest Arkansas is next to impossible.

    • Alex
      June 15, 2019, 7:58 am

      The way they did it here is with an existing home on the property. So you may be able to do that, and you can rent out the big house to pay most of the mortgage for you. Essentially you could find a home where you are legally allowed to build a guesthouse. You could also set it up as an investment (since it is if you are renting out a home on the property) and you could have your CPA/accountant depreciate the structures on the property. This helps lower your overall costs through tax time. I’ve learned that “depreciation” is a tool of the rich, but we can use it too if we just know about it.

    • Cyndi Lopriore
      June 15, 2019, 3:36 pm

      Hi Matt; I wish for you also. My wish is the same for Massachusetts. I am 81 yrs., and would really like this in one of my kids or friends backyard. Maybe someday this will happen all over the states. Smaller inexpensive homes are so much in need by so many. Seniors, young couples and definitely people like our Vets also.

    • James D.
      June 16, 2019, 1:56 am

      Check out the Facebook group “Tiny House Community of Northwest Arkansas”…

      • Matt
        June 16, 2019, 8:02 am

        That is eagle homes, it’s not far from me. Unfortunately it’s for 55 plusers. Also crammed into a tight space inside a neighborhood, not very appealing landscape 🙁

  • Melissa Robinson
    June 14, 2019, 4:31 pm

    Definitely not one of my favorite small house designs (not that anyone else needs cares what I think- 😉) but in my opinion, the outside reminds me of a public restroom at an amusement park or little league neighborhood baseball field. With that said, it certainly serves it purpose and allows someone to live on a much smaller budget than most American’s can get away with in this country! So kudos to whoever built it!

    • Alex
      June 15, 2019, 8:23 am

      Glad you said it because you’re right… It really does look like one of those structures. Maybe some landscaping could help. Another window in the front would be nice too.

      • Alex
        June 15, 2019, 8:23 am

        Fresh paint could help too 😀

        • Melissa Robinson
          June 17, 2019, 7:40 pm

          I agree Alex… I think a fresh coat of paint would make a difference providing no one came along & added graffiti like “Lavatory” or “Women” on one side and “Men” on the other!

  • Olivia
    June 15, 2019, 10:49 am

    In my experience “granny flats” are called this because they are only legally allowed to house a family member, and I believe they are technically meant to be removed before selling the property. Some councils are relaxing these rules a little as we are in the middle of an affordable housing crisis (in many areas). It is a shame tiny houses cannot be embraced, but I do understand the possible pitfalls of changing the rules in favour of them too.

    • Eric
      February 28, 2021, 3:07 am

      Started out like that in New Zealand. Very first granny flat was built, inhabited by a family member for a few years and then passed on. Told by government department that it had to be removed and they sent a team around to remove it. Oops, problem. Can’t get the removal vehicle in to remove it. Went back to council who went back to Government Dept who scratched their heads and they decided to leave it there.

      Never made that mistake again and then a few years later they declared that either property owner either bought it off council at a reduced price or they sub-divided the section. Problem solved.

  • harriet neiman
    June 15, 2019, 3:46 pm

    There ARE tiny houses in Fayetteville and near Bentonville ..

  • Valerie Rimoldi
    June 25, 2019, 8:12 pm

    I like the layout, very livable. Although I’d go bonkers not being able to actually see out of a window except in the kitchen. Either lower the windows or switch out for larger ones. Not such a fan of the outside aesthetics either, hope some landscaping will improve that.

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