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"Joy" Tiny House

The Joy Tiny House was created as a get-away home/bach for a family of 4. Being a Bach, this tiny house was specifically designed for short-terms stays as opposed to long term living. There's adequate storage for 2 people full time, but the priority in this build was to create open living areas for family interaction, indoor-outdoor flow, and room for entertaining.

This client wanted to re-create a feeling of relaxing holidays in cosy huts and baches. The warm plywood walls were essential to the their aesthetics goals. With a busy day job running a distinguished art gallery full of colours and textures, this client's design brief was for a light, bright and neutral scheme in order to create a calm and relaxing getaway space. What really sets the Joy Tiny House apart is it's expansive windows that flood the house with natural light. These windows double as artwork, capturing the natural beauty of the surrounding costal area. Secondly the detachable macrocarpa servery that sits outside the kitchen window creates another place for interacting and entertaining.

When it comes to functionality one of the most important factors is the ability to stand and to walk in the loft spaces. With the Joy Tiny House being 2.7m wide, it was possible to rotate the mattresses in both lofts around so that all 4 occupants can walk right up to the end of their bed. Meaning there is minimal crawling required to get into bed or to make the bed, and nobody has to climb over another person to get in and out of bed.

Completed December 2021

Completion Date

7.8 x 2.7 x 4.2 (LxWxH)


Stage 3 build (turn-key, completed build)


On-grid 16 amp caravan connection - prewired for future solar install.


2 lofts

Sleeping Spaces


Chris, Hayden, Ray, Andy, and Kelvin. Special thanks to our subbies, Graham, Jason P, John P, and David.

Build Team

Our In-house designer Gina.


Steel frame, vinyl cladding, double glazed aluminum windows, lightweight birch ply linings with poplar core.


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