The Top Tiny Houses of 2019

The Top Tiny Houses of 2019


2019 has been really big year for tiny houses
and there’s no question about it that that this year we’ve seen some truly spectacular
small space design. So in this episode we are going to take a
look back over our past year and some of 2019’s tiny house highlights. I always used to believe that there would
come a time where I had seen all that there was to see in tiny house world, but the more
I see, the more I believe is still out there to be discovered. Human creativity is limitless and so too are
the possibilities of small space design. From our travels this year, here are a few
stand-out highlights. To find out more about each of the homes featured
in this video, you can find links to the full tours in the video description. First, we travel to Melbourne, Victoria and
the beautiful home of Merle. Constructed by her daughter Ferne, Merle’s
home is designed to be elderly, disability and mobility friendly. “You know my mum’s getting, not older? A more mature age. More mature age, that’s what we call it. My mum was in a position where she was moving
back to Victoria where we love with this beautiful cold weather, and didn’t want to go
into something permanent and away from the family, so we took a journey and said well,
let’s build you a tiny.” Before moving into this house, Merle was struggling
to be independent, but thanks to some great design, she is now able to once again live
independently in her home. Care was taken to ensure the house was completely
accessible, with ramps leading up to the home, wide entrances and zero trip hazards. The house has also been designed to be wheelchair
accessible if needed in the future. The height of the counter tops were lowered
to make it easier for Merle to work in the kitchen. A clever lift mechanism allows Merle easy
access to her bed and heated floors ensure that the home is always comfortable and warm. The incredible porch area has surround cafe
blinds making sure that Merle has a lovey place to do her craft work and of course watch
all of the kangaroos hopping around in the garden. Ageing can be difficult and the loss of independence
is a frightening thought. What I love about this story is that it really
goes to show how thoughtful design can help people to overcome their mobility challenges. This is a real example of how good design
can significantly improve quality of life! “Everything is so easy to use, so easy to
clean, so easy to live in. More than easy, it’s a joy”. On Vancouver Island, British Columbia this
next tiny house shows that it really is possible to accomplish anything you set your mind to! Matt had absolutely zero building experience
when he set out to design and construct his very own tiny house on wheels. Matt overcome some huge challenges to make
this build possible, and he admits that when he started constructing his home he didn’t
really know what he was getting himself into but that he has learnt in life that it’s
important to stick to your goals in order to make your dreams come true. “I’ve learned a lot about perseverance
because of a terminal disease that I have. I’ve got a disease called cystic fibrosis
and there’s a lot of pain involved in the journey with that disease. A lot of metal barriers and psychological
and spiritual walls that need to be overcome with it and so I think I’ve learned a lot
about the value of keeping on when things get tough and I’ve learned patience through
that process with that disease and so when it came to the house there were plenty of
opportunities to quit because things were getting hard and because I know the rewards
that come from waiting and pushing though struggle, and the lessons that I’ve learned
about how your emotions can really lie to you and how sticking to your goal, sticking
to your vision, how that’s more important, I sort of applied those lessons to the build
and I think that’s what helped name get through. He put in the hard work, pushed through the
challenges and the resulting home is nothing short of spectacular. From the grand entrance way with custom-built
doors and deer antler handles, his home is almost reminiscent of a great viking hall. A high vaulted ceiling gives the home a definite
sense of grander and each and every inch of this home is filled with beauty and the charm
which only a hand-built home can boast. This truly is one of the finest examples of
DIY building we’ve seen so far. “I’d always wanted to build my own home
and I thought this was really the most realistic option for me I thought it would be a really
fun, sort of artistic project. Because it’s smaller you can get a bit more
grandiose on the inside and that excited me and so yeah, I kind of just jumped in, bought
a trailer and went to town building. Melbourne Australia features twice in this
years highlights as we visit the beautiful home of Dolly. Dolly’s tiny house on wheels might look
like a giant dolls house, but in reality this wonderful, character filled home is one of
the most impressive designs we have come across so far. “When I told my family that I;’m going
to be building a tiny house on wheels, they thought that was weird and my brother actually
laughed at me.” Inside, the home’s design is a bit like
a game of Tetris and it really is incredible just how much has been fit into this tiny
house. The whole tiny house was designed around Dolly’s
smaller stature, which enabled her to fit some really amazing features into this home,
such as a loft office where she can even stand at her desk and an incredible walk-in wardrobe! “No way! Is that a walk in wardrobe? Yes! That is ridiculous, a tiny house with a walk-in
wardrobe. There is no way that I can stand up in here,
but wow what a great idea!” The best tiny house designs come from where
people truly design their homes around their own unique needs and Dolly’s home is easily
one of the best examples we have seen so far of people constructing a home perfectly to
suit them. This may be a tiny house, but there’s nothing
little about the ideas that have gone into making this a truly beautiful and well thought
out home. “When I designed it, it’s not I’m going
to decorate it that way or that. I originally wanted a bohemian, rustic kind,
but then look at how different it is, It’s white and feminine and because that’s me. So it’s not the idea of having this design
that seems cool and nice, but it evolved based on what is me. Based on my personality. Next up our travels take us to Washington
State and the absolutely stunning shipping container home of Jaimie and Dave. This beautiful home has been constructed from
one 40 ft container with a 20 ft container stacked on top. With Dave’s metal working skills and Jaimie’s
eye for design, this power couple set about constructing the home for themselves with
the dream of living a debt and mortgage free life together. Their dream was almost abruptly cut short,
as one day, while working on the container home Dave suffered a major brain bleed. “But it was funny, he’s laying in the hospital
bed, right before the life-flighted him for surgery and he whispered, barely, but he whispered,
“I don’t have time for this, we’re building a house” Right, I didn’t have time for that! And I just kept thinking, it’s going to be
okay, it’s going to be okay.” Thankfully, Dave, with Jaimie always by his
side was able to recover from this ordeal and the construction of their container home
was even used in Dave’s rehabilitation. “His therapist actually used our deck and
the stairs as part of his therapy to learn the cognitive problem solving part again,
the dexterity with his fingers, the feeling and sensation of the screws and the drill. So it was scary for me to watch him use power
tools. It was almost therapeutic. It was and it gave him a purpose and a reason
to get up out of bed every day and a reason to get up off the couch.” After years of hard work, their dream home
is constructed and they are quickly turning their plot of land amongst the beautiful pacific
north west forest into their own personal paradise. The home is beautiful, but what really makes
this story stand out to me is the love and dedication that Jaimie and Dave share. That is what really makes this house a home. “I think it’s been a learning process, right
from the beginning to where we’re at right now. And I think it’s been something that we would
probably not change. And it wasn’t what we were expecting, our
vision was to just get up here mortgage free, building tiny seemed like the way to do that
and I think it’s exceeded our expectations on a lot of levels. It’s introduced us to a healthier lifestyle,
a simpler lifestyle, you know, a lifestyle where we can have time and energy and resources
to do other things that are really important to us and so yeah I wouldn’t go back and change
anything either. We’re off the treadmill, we don’t need more
stuff, we got rid of all our stuff to make this happen, and we don’t want it back.” And of course, who can forget the tiny house
which broke the internet! In the Blue Mountains of New South Wales,
Australia stands the amazingly impressive, ultra modern tiny house of Matt and Lisa. This is a home which really does have it all! Jet black with hints of cedar, this modern
home has a lot going for it! The home is designed to take full advantage
of the Australian weather, with a large outdoor area designed for entertaining. Cat lovers will also be really impressed with
the huge cat run built out the back! “Basically I’ve got these two cats and they’re
my children and I didn’t want anything to happen to them moving to the bush. Yeah, it works well, they love it actually. Stepping inside this home is breathtaking. The. High ceilings and skylights help to make this
tiny house feel absolutely huge. Matt’s skill as a builder is evident in
this home. He has a business remodelling kitchens and
bathrooms and his experience in construction shines through in all the beautiful details. And there’s no doubt about it, this tiny house
boasts one of the most impressive bathrooms we have ever seen, with its luxurious double
shower. “I never thought I would see a tiny house
with a double shower. You’re not the only one who said that. Tripple shower even if you count the third
one there”. This house was an absolute dream to explore
and really goes to show how it’s possibly to fit an incredible amount of luxury into
a small home! “I came from a small house so the transition
was pretty easy for me. Coming from a bigger house… yeah, it did
take me some convincing to sort of wrap my head around the idea at first, but I can genuinely
say I don’t miss anything from my large, normal house. Designing it and building it together was
a fun thing to do as well. I’m sure we learned a lot about each other
in that process. We did! It was fun.” Back home in Auckland, New Zealand I have
to add another huge personal highlight for Rasa and I, which was of course the completion
of our very own tiny house on wheels. Rasa and I spend most of our time on the road
traveling, and it’s so important for us to have a place to come back home to and recharge
our batteries. Our home is designed to be completely off
the grid, collecting rain water and generating power through solar. The home is designed to fit within all the
legal road dimensions for safe transport and easy relocation on New Zealand’s roads. Inside, the home is light, open and spacious
and even has some really beautiful, artistic features such as the paua shell inlays which
really add a lot of character and give me a big stupid smile each and every time I see
them. Completing this tiny house feels like a really
big achievement to me, and it’s a place both Rasa and I are very proud to call home. 2019 really has been such a fantastic year
and I cannot wait to see what 2020 is going to bring. Early in the new year we’re going to have
our very first European episodes which I am so excited about and those will be coming
to you in mid January after Rasa and I take a very needed break. We’re actually going to have our very first
two weeks off in three years which is amazing. So! Have a very very happy new year, I wish you
all the best and I cannot wait to share more tiny house adventures with all of you in the
new year. See you then!

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