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Tiny Grace by Build Tiny: World Traveler’s Home On Wheels

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Build Tiny in New Zealand created this lovely custom THOW for a client who was previously a world traveler. After stay in a Build Tiny Airbnb, she was able to picture herself living tiny! Her home will live next to a historic church, thus the moniker “Tiny Grace.”

Two features that I love in this home are the platform in the loft that allows her to stand upright, and the cool under-floor storage in the office area. The office area also allows a dedicated space that could be used as a bedroom if she ever had a need for it. The home also has a full kitchen with a wonderful pull-out pantry, and tons of soft-close drawers.

You can watch a video tour from the builder at the end of the post, and if you’re in New Zealand looking for a tiny home, you can get a quote for your own build here.

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New Zealand THOW with Home Office

To save money on the build, the client will install cork flooring herself, and do the painting.

There’s soft-close drawer storage under the bench.

Full kitchen with a stove, oven, and double sink.

There’s a refrigerator and pull-out pantry under the stairs.

Her bathroom includes a laundry unit.

The landing in the loft allows her to stand up straight.

View from the loft bedroom.

This room will become her creative space.

Lucky us, Build Tiny shared the floor plan!

And here’s a cut-away view that’s extra helpful.

VIDEO: The ‘Total Grace’ Tiny House Tour


    May 2020
    8m long x 2.4w x 4.2h
    Weighed in at 3485kg ex removable items
    This was a stage 3 build (turn-key, completed build) excl painting and flooring which client will DIY.
    On-grid 16 amp connection, with a simple caravan plug.
    Steel frame, vinyl exterior cladding, double glazed aluminium windows, lightweight poplar core plywood interior linings.
    One large sleeping loft and a downstairs room which could be an office or a bedroom
  • PRICING: Typically between $130,000-$155,000 NZD (~ $86,000-$104,000 USD)

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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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  • Nancy M.
    September 13, 2020, 12:34 pm

    Love this design. Very logical, tremendous storage, very functional! And beautiful throughout!

  • Gail Van Luvanee
    September 13, 2020, 1:25 pm

    As a disabled residential archtiectural designer/drafter, i’m still woking on how to create a handicap accessible Tiny House—- don’t know if anyone else has………… quite a challenge LOL But that is what i enjoy the most of designing for wheelchair-bound people like me. So far, i’ve come up with having as few walls and doors as possible that will allow freedom to arrange the furniture and freedom of movement. (Use drapes or similar instead of doors.) I’ve only seen one other plan for disabled people — a site built Tiny Home for a “Mother-in-Law Suite” for a parent… it used many things like hospital privacy drapes around the bed.

    • James D.
      September 14, 2020, 1:08 am

      There’s a number of tiny houses that were developed for handicap accessibility… You can check this site’s article on it…


      There has been some additional examples since that article was posted but they range from basic ADA compliant to customized for specific needs and at least one for fairly advance needs was done by The Wheel Pad, which specializes in a THOW design that can be parked as a ADU for assisted living.

      One example in New Zealand was a modular design that allowed the home to be changed as the needs of the owner changed. So they can be flexible too…

      However, most of the time the issue isn’t so much whether or not it can be done but how much it will cost and the lack of financing options for tiny houses can be a bigger hurdle to get over… Otherwise, it’s like having an option that isn’t plainly listed… It’s available but as people keep seeing products made for other people, it only seems like there aren’t options…

      Most tiny house builders are custom builders, so many times you just have to ask…

      • Eric
        August 29, 2021, 5:04 pm

        In New Zealand the biggest hurdle is the cost. Stupidly expensive… we could teach the Yanks (no offense that’s what we call all Americans from the USA) a thing or two about ripping people off. Beautiful country, shame about a portion of the business trades.

  • Theresa Perdue
    September 13, 2020, 3:57 pm

    Well now you’ve done it 😕. I am going to have to move to new Zealand. This house is fantastic. To be able to have an office and a nice bedroom in a tiny house is genius. I would not change a thing. This one’s perfect

  • Alison
    September 13, 2020, 9:49 pm

    It’s a great plan, very nicely realized. If it were mine, I’d remove the wall between the office and the lounge to make a big, open area. But her way is very nice as is.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 14, 2020, 7:54 am

      That would look nice as well!

      • Mary McGuirk
        September 16, 2020, 1:18 am

        I love the stand up loft, but would consider a fold up table and instead of the tiny bench, put a roll out mattress that fits under the office floor. (It can stick out a couple feet all the time to use as a sofa, and pull out only when you wanted more lounging area.)

    • Ann
      September 14, 2020, 2:29 pm

      I agree. I would too. Either way would look fine, but since I like open spaces I’d opt for the extra room. But then, if I had company it would be nice to have a guest room. Of course, it could also have a moving wall of some kind. I’d get a real couch. I don’t like sitting on a box with a cushion on it. : )

    • Paul Larsen
      September 28, 2020, 9:12 pm

      Something to consider , That wall could be part of the structural integrity as in bracing for the side walls , so might not be a good idea to remove,

  • Marsha T Cowan
    September 14, 2020, 1:30 pm

    It’s really nice and pretty, but there is no real living area, and in my 9 years experience living in tiny houses and buses, you need a living area to really feel comfortable and at home. I guess the little office could have a sofa and become a living space. Anyway, nice house. I like that you can stand in the bedroom.

    • Marsha Cowan
      September 14, 2020, 1:33 pm

      I guess you could put a love seat where the kitchen bench is. . .

  • Eric
    August 29, 2021, 5:09 pm

    I fail to see how anybody of reasonable size can actually stand UP in the loft. 🤔

    • James D.
      August 29, 2021, 11:43 pm

      It’s a split loft, the bed is on the high end but right next to it is a lower section that provides a standing platform. So you can treat it like a regular bed, walk next to it and only bend down when you’re getting into the bed…

      The space below the standing platform is storage, so can be lower than the rest of the loft that’s over the standing space area below…

      Standing platform also means you don’t need to climb as many steps to get to the loft but the trade off is a little less storage space.

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