Could you live in a home that’s only 500 square feet (46 m2)?
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Tiny house trends

Also known as the ‘small house movement’, the tiny house movement advocates downsizing to a diminutive home – generally around 500 square feet (46 m2). Not only are they much cheaper to build – or convert in many cases – but they’re also less expensive to maintain and repair.

For many, this also means living sustainably by going off-grid, switching to renewable resources like solar, and using recycled materials to create a truly one-off design.

Here are four examples.



1.  Featuring a ceiling bed with automatic lift, convertible lounge area, flip up desk piece, sliding pantry shelf and hidden laundry, this tiny house achieves modern comfort in an open concept floor plan.



2.  No electricity? No problem for this young family who have refurbished an old school bus into an off-grid home on wheels!


3.  Kombi’s are an iconic vehicle synonymous with overland van travel and this couple have converted a pop top model into a compact home for two.


4.  This easy, DIY kitchenette was cleverly converted from a secondhand solid pine sideboard, making it cost-effective and environmentally-friendly.

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Veda Dante

Veda Dante is an accomplished journalist, consultant and content creator who has nearly 30 years’ experience writing about everything from tourism, hospitality and health to architecture, pools and luxury goods. When she’s not producing copy for clients, this self-confessed word nerd is usually writing and photographing the Byron Bay region for her blog

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