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If you’re looking for a tiny house, but find the ones on wheels are just too small and clunky to you, well, there’s still hope. That’s why I’m showing you this tiny cottage on a foundation with rainwater collection by 5 Star Granny Flats in Australia. It’s called Toongabbie.

So what if you could get into a small house instead of a tiny house for your next move? That might be a smart idea, right? Well, it could be. And that’s why companies like 5 Star Granny Flats are propping up to help folks build affordable and small homes. In this case, we’re looking at a company who specializes in building in the Sydney, Australia area. Enjoy!

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Granny flat small homes growing in popularity to address affordable housing – Toongabbie

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This is Laura’s solar-powered tiny house on wheels.

As you can see, it features solar power and a water catchment system.

When you go inside, you’ll find a cozy living space with a bathroom, living area, kitchen, and an upstairs sleeping loft.

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

Laura’s Solar-Powered Tiny House on Wheels

Laura's Solar-Powered Tiny House on Wheels

Images © Laura Klement

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Brenda Kelly’s off grid shipping container tiny house is truly a dream come true for her since she has been dreaming of a home like this since she was a 13 year old girl.

She kept part of the container as a covered outdoor porch area to keep the structure at 107 sq. ft. (10 square meters) so she can abide with her local zoning regulations in Auckland, New Zealand.

When you look inside I think you’ll be impressed with her interior design and layout choices. Brenda has managed to create a work at home office space, kitchen, living room area, a bedroom with a wardrobe, and a spacious bathroom.

This container home sits on concrete blocks for a foundation, it’s powered by two solar panels, and is even set up with a rainwater collection system.

Woman’s 107 Sq. Ft. Off Grid Shipping Container Tiny House


Images © Living Big in a Tiny House

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She built her tiny house on wheels for about $10,000 in only 10 months and she did it without the help of a builder.

Her tiny home has a solar panel, rain gutters for water collection, and is built right onto an 8×16 trailer so she can legally tow it and move it if she wanted to. It has a 12V LED porch light on the covered front porch. When you go inside you’ll see she has a kitchen, bathroom, living area, closet, and upstairs sleeping loft. She built her tiny house on a 8×16 trailer. It has a custom built 2′ wide screen door she created with a decorative sun on it (see below). She also made her own door mat from a rope. And she even harvests her own spring water from a nearby spring whose water originates underground.

Young lady’s $10k tiny house! She built it herself in 10 months time without the help of a builder.


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Not everyone that’s a tiny house enthusiast can always move into a tiny home.

But that hasn’t stopped some people from building them and using them for something else.

In this case, this woman is using a tiny home that used to be part of a house truck as a revamped vacation rental in her backyard.

So when it gets rented out she gets to earn some money on the side for minimal work.

Tiny Homes as Backyard Vacation Rentals?

I urge you to enjoy the rest of the tour of this backyard double lofted micro cottage below (and in the comments let us know what else you might use a tiny shelter for other than living in it yourself):

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