"iBot" Tiny House

This family came to us with a vision for a simple, yet modern off-grid solar bach to put on their family farm. With two young kids, one of the main priorities was making the loft spaces secure, so we designed and built full height pine barriers for the lofts, and added baby gates over the entrances, making the space safe for rest and play. Another special feature of this build was not one but two showers, one inside and one outside, heated with an instant gas hot water system. Because the tiny house was headed off to a beachy location - an outdoor shower was a must to keep as much sand and farm muck out as possible. Delivered just in time for Xmas 2018, the family loved it so much they are in the process of getting a second one built as an extension, so watch this space. In order to maximise the size of the build, some of the heavier items were designed to be removed for travel on the road - this is the case for most of our bigger tiny homes, but particularly those with a solar panel array. With all these items removed, we managed to get the build down to 3499kg for transport.


8m long x 2.4w x 4.2h, Weighed in at 3499kg ex removable items


This was a stage 3 build (turn-key, completed build)


The price of this build including the appliance package & window coverings was in the realm of $120,000 NZD*, plus $17,250 NZD for the off-grid solar package.
*Price paid by this client, for their agreed specifications, at that point in time.

Sleeping Spaces

With two large dual sleeping lofts this tiny house sleeps 4, and with the sofa bed in the lounge it sleeps 6 at a pinch.


Steel frame, vinyl exterior cladding, double glazed aluminium windows, lightweight poplar core plywood interior linings.

Completion date

Completed December 2018


Off-grid solar powered and an on-grid 16 amp caravan connection


Built by Jason, Steve, & Mike. Special thanks to our subbies, Graham, Jason P, Jamie, David, Frank, & Keith.

"We couldn’t be happier with our Baxter! Every part of it has been designed with such great thought and the quality of workmanship is so evident. Gina was able to incorporate some excellent custom details to ensure it was enjoyable and safe for even the smallest member of our family. Getting it on site in time for summer was wonderful but every stage beforehand was also enjoyable. Gina kept us involved with every stage of the build and she gave us the perfect amount of design input. We are so happy with it that we are already placing an order for our second Baxter!" - Johanna & Aaron
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