"Sonnenschein" Tiny House

The Sonnenschein Tiny House (which means sunshine in German) is something quite different from anything we have done thus far and a new favourite of the Build Tiny Team. At 7.2m long it feels just as spacious as some of our 8m models. All areas of the house are very functional. The bathroom has plenty of room to move around in and doubles as a laundry. There's a huge amount of storage throughout the house, with a mixture of cupboards, draws, and shelves. The client wanted the house to have a natural feel and chose natural paints and oils and a floor laid with cork tiles. The house is now in the Motueka area and will be kept nice a toasty with a compact Spiroloc fireplace. Insect screens have been added to all opening windows (even the skylight!) to keep out all the pesky flies and mosquitos. The master loft is longer than most to give ample space at the foot of the bed to use the storage unit and get around the bed. A much smaller second loft is dedicated to storage and accessed by our signature ladder with alternating treads. There are two cleats for the ladder, so either side of the loft can be accessed easily. When the ladder isn't in use it attaches flat against the wall out of the way. A special custom storage couch/fold-out bed was commissioned by Variant Spaces. It's on caster wheels and is beautifully made and simple to use. Not only is it a second sleeping area but it has two large storage drawers underneath to store larger items. A beautiful home for a lovely lady!


7.2m long x 2.4w x 4.2h


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


The price of this custom stage 3 build was in the realm of $136,000 NZD*
including appliances
* Price paid by this client, for their agreed specifications, at that point in time.

Sleeping Spaces

This build sleeps 2 (plus an additional 2 with the custom pull out sofa bed). The storage loft is wide enough for a single mattress.


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

Completion date

Completed September 2019


On-grid 16 amp connection, with a simple caravan plug.


Built by Jason, Mike, Ray, Andy, Kelvin, Lance, and Justin. Special thanks to our subbies, Graham, Jason P, Jamie, David, & Chris.

"Hi Gina, Amy, Jase and the rest of the Build Tiny team, Thank you sooo much for building this beautiful house for me! I am totally in love with it!!!!!!!!! A dream has come true for me!
It was also such a great help that Jase came down and delivered the goods and helped me set up! Thank you for the housewarming present too, it's great! Keep up the great work and lots of love from Motueka" - Sonja
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