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Nadia’s Zen Tiny House in Byron Bay, Australia

This is Nadia’s Zen Tiny House in Byron Bay, Australia.

It was designed by the owners (and Nadia said they collected lots of ideas from Tiny House Talk over the years) and built by their friend and local tiny house builder, Sam Commerford.

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below!

Nadia’s Zen Tiny House in Byron Bay, Australia


Images via Nadia















Images via Nadia

From the owners: 

The owners have two boisterous Australian Shepherds so knew they’d need some extra space to stay sane… so they made their tiny extra wide – 3m (9.8ft) wide with an extra 0.5m (1.6ft) roof eve and it is 7.5m (24.6ft) long (plus an extra 0.5m (1.6ft) for the window box over the trailer tongue).

They were going for a modern apartment feel with both Japanese and Scandinavian influences. One side of the house nearly completely opens up with a 2.5m wide sliding door that slides both ways and a 1.8m gas lift window in the kitchen. There is a lovely reading window box above the huge couch with ample extra storage underneath for suitcases. They wanted a little door opening up to their bathroom so they could enjoy an outdoor shower after the beach and then head straight into the bathroom.

The external cladding is Weathertex made from 98% recycled Australian hardwood mixed with paraffin wax and painted with an ageing stain. The extruded window and window box are clad in burnt cedar cladding (shou sugi-ban style). The cabinetry inside is all super light-weight plywood coated in Rubio monocoat oil; the ceiling is whitewash v-join pine, the walls are gyprock (dry wall) and the floors are vinyl wood-look planks. The deck is completely modular and can be packed down in a day.

They built the house at a friend’s house nearby and then moved it to it’s current position…. it was moved with a 10m tow truck and cruised along no problems!

The house cost AU $75,000 to build all up (US $55,000), not including the deck.


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.

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  • Patricia November 20, 2016, 7:00 pm

    What a lovely tiny house. I really like the window over the couch and the outside deck. Two changes I would make—I would put in different, more senior-friendly stairs and put a handrail on them, and I would take out the shower and put in a walk-in tub or Japanese soaking tub. Other than that, I like everything about this tiny home.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 21, 2016, 9:38 am

      Both great ideas, Patricia! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Scott November 20, 2016, 7:27 pm

    Absolutely love this tiny house. Great kitchen layout really shows that a person who loves to cook designed it.
    Looks very comfortable.
    Only thing I would change is the cluttered looking bathroom wall with storage, other wise this ones a winner.

    • Nadia November 21, 2016, 4:38 am

      Thanks Scott! Yep, I totally agree. Still looking for cute baskets to make the bathroom shelves a little sexier 🙂 we decided against cabinets only for ease of accessibility.

      • Nerida January 3, 2018, 8:26 am

        ha ha I thought the bathroom looked realy well organised. I love the way it looks.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 21, 2016, 9:38 am

      And cooking is great! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Brandi November 20, 2016, 9:43 pm

    Beautiful little home. You’re gonna want to move your spices somewhere out of the sunlight. Otherwise you will have colorless spices with very little flavor. Best out of direct sunlight, like a spice drawer, or in your food storage, cool and dark.

    • Nadia Marshall November 21, 2016, 4:34 am

      You’re so right Brandi. We had them there in the winter but as soon as more sun began pouring in we’ve had to move them x

  • Kathy November 20, 2016, 9:45 pm

    Nicely done! There’s not a single thing I would do differently except for little color on the cabinetry finishes……but that’s a super personal issue. I love everything about this, but especially applaud your decision to go those extra inches in width. Even though an extra wide takes a heavier truck and perhaps some road variances, unless you plan on moving frequently, that extra 18″ of width is worth every penny you might have to spend when it is time to move. Love the storage volume you allowed – there are few issues that will spoil a tiny home experience more than not having room for your clothing, books, and a couple of special pots and pans! Again, nicely done!!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 21, 2016, 9:39 am

      Isn’t that the truth! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Anne November 20, 2016, 11:58 pm

    Normally I don’t go for the ones with lofts but this one looks very livable.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 21, 2016, 9:39 am

      I agree 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Lila November 21, 2016, 12:34 am

    Really like it, not so much, on sleeping lofts, use for storage maybe. But the extra inches help. Love, love the reading box window.
    Did anyone notice the tiny sink in the shower?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 21, 2016, 9:40 am

      The reading box window is great — and I didn’t notice that! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Nerida January 3, 2018, 8:34 am

      Yeah I did notice the sink, possibly because I had been toying with a similar idea and wondering if it would work as far as added space for drying yourself as opposed to possibly banging in to it everytime you take shower. I guess a matter of measuring carefully.

  • ROSEE November 21, 2016, 8:56 am

    BEAUTIFUL! A well organized plan for a TH! Well done!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 21, 2016, 9:40 am

      Totally agree 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Jody November 21, 2016, 12:37 pm

    LOVE this! I see so many that have basically the same floor plan. I really love the window seat in the LR. Very well done!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 22, 2016, 8:29 am

      The window seat is the best! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • ZACHARY E. MOHRMANN November 21, 2016, 11:06 pm

    Not bad …! Who couldn’t do with a little Zen in their life..? And with some modest cuts in costs we could probably make the price a little more Zen like to….!

    • David January 4, 2018, 7:50 am

      Hello Zachary,
      I have never been to America but have worked with American back packers here in Australia. They seamed to be super impressed with there wages they were being payed as they were saying that our basic wage was about 3 times the American basic wage. The cost of living is about two to three times more than America.
      So basically $75k AUD is possibly about 25-30k American dollars.
      This is what they were telling me so this is what I believe to be true. ( also take into account the exchange rate )
      Regards David

  • Jo Reckling November 22, 2016, 2:46 pm

    One of the best tiny houses I’ve ever seen. I have been wanting to build one. Did you use plans? Are plans available for it?

  • Michael L November 23, 2016, 8:28 am

    I really like this one… could actually see myself in it as is. Plenty of storage, great design in and out!

  • Wendy November 25, 2016, 4:55 pm

    Beautiful, reminds me of this designer http://www.vinastinyhouse.com/plans/

  • Dominick Bundy December 2, 2016, 8:04 pm

    Nice, different , I like it a lot. well appointed and curb appeal. the two entrances is a plus as well..

    • Dominick Bundy August 17, 2017, 3:43 pm

      I just noticed, It’s has a nice big ample closet space to HANG clothes and store other items… YEAH!!

  • Melissa December 4, 2016, 9:41 am

    So much to love, the outdoor deck, loving the kitchen and the nook is great. It’s important to decide what are your priorities. I have 4 must haves. For me this home has 2. A great kitchen and outdoor living space. I look at these home for ideas and solutions. Nice home.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 5, 2016, 9:45 am

      Such a good idea to decide on non-negotiables! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Shanna December 4, 2016, 12:10 pm

    LOVE this house! The kitchen makes me so happy. As someone who loves to cook and has medical issues that make cooking all my own food necessary, the microscopic oven-less, mini-fridge kitchens that so many THOWs come with are absolute deal breakers. The kitchen in this is beautiful and has everything necessary and nothing extra, it’s perfect! The rest of the house is beautiful as well. This is hands-down the most liveable tiny house I have seen yet, bravo. If plans are available I would be very interested in obtaining a set!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 5, 2016, 9:46 am

      Yes a great kitchen is a total must-have for me too! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • ROSEE December 4, 2016, 4:58 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! A well thought out plan both outside and inside. Two thumbs up!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 5, 2016, 9:46 am

      That it is 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Patty December 5, 2016, 2:44 am

    I like this one. I like the extra space, even the loft looks taller. Especially like the window box. Very well done!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 5, 2016, 9:46 am

      So glad you do! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Alex January 23, 2017, 11:13 am

    I love it!!!

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN January 23, 2017, 4:58 pm

    Truly beautiful, and well thought out…!

  • keepyourpower January 23, 2017, 8:54 pm

    Oh! If I could find a place like that for $55k!! Really nice! Still need the downstairs bed though!

    Really nice!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 24, 2017, 5:22 am

      It’s stellar 🙂

  • keepyourpower January 23, 2017, 8:59 pm

    I wonder how much the decking, staining was. The deck makes the house, IMHO!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 24, 2017, 5:22 am

      Yes that deck is great!

  • Patricia Chang January 24, 2017, 3:08 am

    My goodness, this has everything in it I would want in a Tiny House! I love the use of plants. I love the built in sectional in the living space. It is a truly pretty house. Sadly, for me, I can no longer go up stairs. Nevertheless, these are quite nice and functional. I would have to make the house longer for a downstairs bedroom, but for Nadia, it is just right. I do hope she puts a railing on the stairs on the outside, though. Just for her own safety. She has such a lovely house.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 24, 2017, 5:18 am

      This home is truly remarkable 🙂

  • Julie July 2, 2017, 7:32 am

    I would love to know the email contact of this builder if possible?

  • Ellen July 29, 2017, 11:08 pm

    Lovely well designed home. I see a clothes closet! Living room looks comfortable AND there is a space to eat in the kitchen! This looks like a home one or two people could actually live in!

  • april hunter August 17, 2017, 3:33 pm

    This is perfect.
    For me, I’d love this. Yes, maybe a handrail on the stairs. I’m clumsy in the middle of the night. 😉
    And perhaps an overhang for the deck to avoid sun and rain, but still get outside. Beautifully done. I love the storage wall in the bathroom and the extra window seat in the living area. The plant/bookshelf privacy wall for the loft is fantastic. Well done.

  • Betty August 17, 2017, 7:35 pm

    Love the kitchen and reading area.(I am a readaholic). Would need a downstairs bedroom though.😉

  • Nerida January 3, 2018, 8:44 am

    I really like this house. It seems it has been really well thought out.

    I would have 2 questions for the owners. i live in NSW Australia also so was wondering

    1. whether the sleeping loft becomes too hot in summer or what have you used to insulate the roof if it is comfortable, and

    2. How easy was it to get it moved being essentially 3.5 m wide overall. I had come to the conclusion that this was the width I would want and how far did you move it.

    Being where you are the outdoor shower was a brilliant necessity!

    Well done. I hope you have many happy days in your THOW.

    • David January 4, 2018, 8:10 am

      Hello Nerida
      May I try to shed some light on your second question.
      I had worked in the agriculture industry a couple of years ago and our product that we built was able to be transported during day light hours with over width signs and a flashing orange beacon on the tow vehicle if it was under 3.5m. I don’t know if it only applies to Ag. equipment, hope this has helped.
      Regards David

      • Nerida January 4, 2018, 9:09 am

        Thank you David.

        I suspect it would apply to just about anything. What difference would it make what the item was, if it was 3.5 or less. Just thinking of things I have seen moved along the roads in the manner you described.

        There was someone on one of the Australian tiny living sites a while back who was quite emphatic that you could not move anything wider than 2.5m and I was pretty sure that was not the case.

        And if you are not planning on moving your THOW around like a caravan then a fee paid here or there for a once off would not be (hopefully) too much of a $$ burden given the extra comfort of a slightly wider home.

        Thanks again.

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