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250 Sq. Ft. Tardis Tiny House

I want to share with you this cool tiny tower-meets-gazebo house. It’s located in Melbourne, Australia and is offered to rent on Airbnb.

For a short getaway this place looks like a unique place to stay. I love all the windows in the loft bedroom area. And the spiral stair case up to the top.

It’s a micro-sized studio apartment that the owners had designed by architects, Edwards Moore. The tiny house was constructed from a pre-existing gazbeo-like structure above the backyard shed.

Let’s take a look at this 250 sq. ft. tiny house. Please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you.

250 Sq. Ft. Tardis Tiny House


Images © Fraser Marsden/Edwards Moore Architects

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Images © Fraser Marsden/Edwards Moore Architects


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  • Avatar James
    March 11, 2015, 3:22 pm

    I like it. Beautiful. I would love to see more small houses being built and arbitrary (subjective) regulations being relaxed. If people wish to build such a structure in their yard and live in it: what business is it of mine? As long as they don’t pose an obvious danger to anyone, let them build it.
    Keep it up and fight for the freedom to be able to chose our habitation.

  • Avatar Karen R
    March 11, 2015, 3:56 pm

    AMEN, James! We are still battling York County, VA . . .

  • Avatar Christine
    March 11, 2015, 7:48 pm

    I so totally agree! My neighbor wants to build a tiny house out of her she’d but the city have been so discouraging and the cost is just not worth it for them now!

  • Avatar treebinky
    March 12, 2015, 12:19 am

    It’s a shame that those who live in big houses want to make laws requiring everybody to have the same kind of large, expensive, resource depleting home. Maybe they are afraid that the small house will allow more lower income people to escape the oppression of landlords and get ahead themselves. Can’t see a problem with that myself, but I’m just a little guy wanting a little house.

    • Avatar sc
      March 13, 2015, 10:06 pm

      More like they are afraid of their houses losing value if more people now longer see the sense of living in a 2400 sq ft house to 2 or 3 people.

    • Avatar Steve in Palm Bay
      May 20, 2015, 10:30 pm

      Treebinky, your comment hits that one out of the ballpark. Those in power, want to stay in power….and by limiting free market choice thru minimum structure size, the governments tell you that you can not be trusted to know what is in your own best interest. And obviously, since a home is taxed on it’s size as well as location, the politicians can extract more money from your wallet for the “luxury” of purchasing what you may not want to start with.

      As someone who worked for the government for 28 years, it was painfully obvious that good people are required to pay money to the government so that same government can pay bad people to bring grief upon those same good people….hence requiring still more taxes to repair this mess. And so it goes….

  • Avatar rueyeet
    March 12, 2015, 5:15 am

    All the raw wood gives it kind of an unfinished feeling, and I can’t quite piece together the layout from the pics. It certainly doesn’t give me the “bigger in the inside” vibe that the name implies.

    Still, a creative and unique build, so gotta give credit for that.

  • Avatar Mark
    March 12, 2015, 7:42 am

    This looks really good .. Great to see some Australian content too .. Thank you .. 😎

  • Avatar Denise
    March 12, 2015, 9:19 am

    I like the layout and concept but am wondering about the logic of putting wood in for the shower? Even if treated, won’t it rot over time? And how about cleaning off the soap scum without damaging the treatment on the wood? The open window concept is a good one for getting rid of depression with all the natural light flooding in and I like the natural brick for holding in warmth, but I didn’t see any privacy screens in that upper bedroom. It was facing the other homes through the window and so I imagine honeymooners might choose a different place to have their honeymoon. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Otherwise, the concept of the whole thing is smart and I like the idea of integrating outdoor patio spaces with the outside also.

  • Avatar sc
    March 13, 2015, 10:10 pm

    My not personal taste, too many angles, too monochrome with the bricks and wood, and couldnt deal with that ladder/stair every day, I find it overwhelming.
    But its a nicely built, unique house with great views.

  • Avatar Barb
    April 14, 2015, 3:59 pm

    It’s okay, though a little awkward-looking in my opinion. I can’t see why they applied the name “tardis” to it at all. A true TARDIS (in all caps because it is an acronym) should be bigger on the inside than the outside, and this structure doesn’t even have a semblance of that.

    • Avatar Eric
      May 19, 2016, 9:34 pm

      Tardis? Heck, doesn’t even look like a Pommie telephone box!

  • Avatar Mary Ann
    April 14, 2015, 4:39 pm

    I like the open feeling, but too open for the lot size. Not fussy myself about the bookshelf ladder, but it is good for agile people. I would have liked to see a tea or coffee making area perhaps with a microwave. Like the design and use of space. The building materials blend well with the neighborhood.

    This comment is for those who feel they should be able to build TH wherever they want. It is not that simple. For me, I look at homes posted and see yard space cluttered with ladders, wash tubs, wood, veggie gardens or trampled and dying lawns. For me it is not wanting TH but the clutter and junk on the street front mainly because the houses are too small to store these things properly.

    I think the best way for trying to get a town to allow smaller homes is to have the planners allocate an area within or close to the town borders. Try to have a specific area ‘like an RV park’ (but the TH occupants own the property) zoned where homes are under a certain size. They will still have to be built to code standards and property plated into lots.

    The whole planning and zoning rules are in force to protect everyone’s right to maintain the value and environment originally desired. The same way TH buyers would not want ‘squatter tents’ or noisy biker gangs living beside them. It is fear of the unknown, not necessarily actual experience, that slows change.

    There is no incentive for government employees to change the rules, especially for one or two TH home owners. Also, TH have a reputation of being cheaply built. No town employee wants to be responsible because the TH was a fire or other hazard. Many TH do not have two exits. I’m also surprised at the number of posted TH which do not have a fire extinguisher readily in sight. When fire starts it often damages or even destroys neighboring homes. You might loose $10,000. They may loose $200,000!

    Even on these postings people complain about the cost or price…yes, you can build a TH for $5,000 but it won’t be to safety code standards. This is what the government and those ‘greedy rich people’ are concerned about. I don’t think most are uptight about income levels. They are concerned about the affect TH will have on their property values and neighborhood esthetics.

    • Avatar jake
      May 19, 2016, 9:27 pm

      Well said.

  • May 21, 2015, 11:24 pm

    I like everything about the house.. I want to have a tiny house soon..

  • Avatar AIO
    May 19, 2016, 3:04 pm

    It is that simple.
    Also, high cost does not always equal high quality. I’ve seen million + dollar homes being built in my area that would not withstand a tornado, fire or termites. Low to no cost does not necessarily equal low to no quality, either. Most codes are not about people’s safety & they are not about innovation.
    Yes, things can be that simple. They simply can.
    Peace & Joy to ALL. 🙂

  • Avatar RosieJ
    May 19, 2016, 7:10 pm

    Very nice and has look and feel of light and fresh-airiness about it. Only, I really don’t get those steep stairs up! Do you need to have Mountain Climbing skills to navigate those….looks dangerous!

    Love it though.

  • Avatar RosieJ
    May 19, 2016, 7:11 pm

    Very nice and has look and feel of light and fresh-airiness about it. Only, I really don’t get those steep stairs up! Do you need to have Mountain Climbing skills to navigate those….looks dangerous!
    Love it though.

  • Avatar kristina nadreau
    May 19, 2016, 8:54 pm

    lethal ladder/steps

  • Avatar Kathy S
    May 25, 2016, 8:27 am

    According to Airbnb it has very low tech heating. Blankets for around your shoulders and a hot water bottle for the bed! Melbourne does get cold. Wouldn’t like to be there in winter. No air con either for the hot weather.

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