Designed in Melbourne, Australia, this architectural tiny house is the perfect amalgamation of sleek urban modernization and a rustic bush cabin. Designed by Monique Villiger and built by Aswan Shankara, the Tyny House has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Domain, Bustle.com, and won the 2020 Small/Cool contest for small spaces.
If you like raw, natural materials, this tiny house is for you. If you like big windows and light-filled spaces and full-sized appliances, this house is for you. The design is ideal for people who want to downsize and simplify without losing the comforts and practicalities of modern life – Yes, you can have a beautiful and functional home that doesn’t cost the planet!
Notes From the Designer
The design process for this tiny house took 6 long months. The end product is a fine balance between practical functionality and a certain ‘something else’ that makes a house a home, if you know what I mean. The design is about comfort and storage as much as it is about capturing the beauty of nature in the window frame or watching the stars at night through the loft skylight. In the design, I wanted to demonstrate that compact living does not have to be cramped and unglamorous, and this is achieved through clever storage hacks and good design.
Tyny House Walk Through:
Our tiny house features a comfortable window seat/spare bed, a kitchen, with a full-sized oven, stove, dishwasher, range hood, pantry, fridge/freezer, kitchen sink, washing machine/dryer, large windows, double doors, skylight, sleeping loft, queen size bed, hanging clothes storage, staircase storage, shower, space for a compost toilet, bathroom sink and vanity, services panel/ outdoor storage, and small outside deck seat.
You will love the key elements of this stunning tiny house: large windows, a full-size kitchen, and an architectural aesthetic that you can be proud of. The large back window lets the light through in winter, while the extended window frame at the rear shades the window for the summer heat. The double doors allow for easy indoor/outdoor living and dining on the outside deck (inside secret: we built a bathtub into our deck for next to nothing using free and second-hand materials). The stairs are packed with storage and make the loft more accessible (especially when your partner has ordered a morning coffee in bed!). Opposing windows in the loft draw through the cool breeze in summer while the skylight affords more headroom and stargazing potential.
And that’s not even the best bit. You will love the financial freedom, the possibility of working part-time or pursuing a passion, or simply the fact that you can move the tiny house with you wherever life takes you.