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New Zealand Family’s Vacation Tiny House

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A New Zealand family recently commissioned Build Tiny to create a vacation tiny home for them, inspired by the bachs in their area (“A bach is a small, often modest holiday home or beach house in New Zealand” – Wikipedia). As such, the tiny house prioritizes family space and an indoor-outdoor concept over having oodles of storage.

The two lofts on either side have beds for the parents and the kids, and the kitchen has plenty of space for making holiday meals. The entire living room wall opens up in good weather to the outdoor deck. Gorgeous!

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Their Vacation Tiny House for Indoor-Outdoor Living

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The galley kitchen has plenty of counter space.

Family Bach-Inspired Tiny Home

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There’s a bathroom in the back.

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The parents’ loft is on one side, and the kids’ on the other.

Family Bach-Inspired Tiny Home 4

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Being a Bach, this tiny house was specifically designed for short-terms stays as opposed to long term living. There’s adequate storage for 2 people full time, but the priority in this build was to create open living areas for family interaction, indoor-outdoor flow, and room for entertaining.

This client wanted to re-create a feeling of relaxing holidays in cosy huts and baches. The warm plywood walls were essential to the their aesthetics goals. With a busy day job running a distinguished art gallery full of colours and textures, this client’s design brief was for a light, bright and neutral scheme in order to create a calm and relaxing getaway space.

What really sets the Joy Tiny House apart is it’s expansive windows that flood the house with natural light. These windows double as artwork, capturing the natural beauty of the surrounding costal area. Secondly the detachable macrocarpa servery that sits outside the kitchen window creates another place for interacting and entertaining.

When it comes to functionality one of the most important factors is the ability to stand and to walk in the loft spaces. With the Joy Tiny House being 2.7m wide, it was possible to rotate the mattresses in both lofts around so that all 4 occupants can walk right up to the end of their bed. Meaning there is minimal crawling required to get into bed or to make the bed, and nobody has to climb over another person to get in and out of bed.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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