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Couples Are Ditching Suburban Abodes For Chic Tiny Homes On Wheels
Couples Are Ditching Suburban Abodes For Chic Tiny Homes On Wheels
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An Australian company has taken the trend of 'tiny houses' to a whole new level. The Brisbane-based Tiny House Company has transformed the idea of a home on wheels into what they describe as 'compact, fully functioning, transportable dwellings.' The high-end design and demountable seating multi tiered bleacher construction for the 2.5 x 7.5 metre abodes (the size of two parking spots) costs between $75,000 and $150,000 and each one is both flexible and built on a trailer. But not only do the founders of the company stand by their idea, they are also living in it. Scroll down for video  Small yet functional: The Brisbane-based Tiny House Company has transformed the idea of a home on wheels into what they describe as 'compact, fully functioning, transportable dwellings' Impressive: The high-end design and construction for the 2.5 x 7.5m abodes (the size of two parking spots) costs between $75,000 and $150,000 and each one is both flexible and built on a trailer Young couple Lara Nobel and Andrew Carter both have a masters in architecture and teamed up with their friend Greg Thornton, an experienced builder, to design tiny homes that were also high quality. After noticing that Australian homes were among the largest in the world, the trio were determined to offer some alternatives to the traditional 'suburban 4-bedder.'With this came their first tiny home. A home that brought with it the flexibility to move if required and a well-balanced mortgage-free lifestyle. RELATED ARTICLES   
  
  
  
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Chic: But not only do the founders of the company stand by their idea, they are also living in it Trio: Young couple Lara Nobel (right) and Andrew Carter (centre) both have a masters in architecture and teamed up with their friend Greg Thornton (left), demountable seating multi tiered bleacher an experienced builder, to design tiny homes that were also high quality Miss Nobel and Mr Carter are currently living in the tiny home and experiencing for themselves what it's like to set up and live comfortably inside it. 'The main idea for us is to test and propose more diversity in our housing,' Miss Nobel told Daily Mail Australia. 'After doing our research and having many discussions between the three of us about how we might execute it we eventually decided that if we didn't give it a go we'd regret it so we did.'For people our age, it's also not affordable to keep living in the city but we have to for work and there's all of these tricky factors.'  <div class="art-ins mol-factbox femail" id="515f1080-9591-11e6-996f-15b294d9e326" website WHAT CAN TINY HOUSES BE USED FOR?   - A fully-functioning or off-grid dwelling- A studio space for hobbies and visiting guests- A space for dependent and semi-dependent family members- A discrete, manageable rental space (Airbnb studio)- A space in which to downsize from an 'empty nest' without having to leave the place you call home (ie. park it out the back and rent out the old house)- An office suite or retail fitout- Temporary accommodation or relief housing  adverts.addToArray("pos":"mpu_factbox")Advertisement  
Comfy: 'For people our age, it's also not affordable to keep living in the city but we have to for work and there's all of these tricky factors,' Miss Nobel said Modern: The modern bathroom is also impressive, with continuous hardwood flooring, a glass shower and a vanityTheir home, which costs around $100,000, is a fully-functioning unit with a unique loft, a living area compatible with IKEA furniture and cabinetry, rustic, recycled decor demountable seating multi tiered bleacher and a large window with louvres. The couple's bed is situated above the couch, and when it is required, they push a small button and the bed makes its way down the wall.<font style="font-size: 1.demountable seating multi tiered bleacher deck is the final impressive feature and almost doubles the floor area of the house.  Relaxing: Each tiny home takes between 10 and 12 weeks to build and once completed, can be transported anywhere'For the off-grid enthusiasts, the deck roof almost doubles the rainwater catchment area and provides an ideal North-facing location for solar panels,' they explain. Each tiny home takes between 10 and 12 weeks to build and once completed, can be transported anywhere. It is registered to be on the road and doesn't need a permit and can also be placed on footings for a more permanent residence. This also improves the safety of the tiny homes.  'We are very lucky that we have been able to find a terrific location': Flexibility is one of the most appealing things about these small houses, with home owners able to park their trailer anywhere a caravan can be parked'When it is sited more permanently we have footings such as surefoot or megaanchor that tie it down. The house is fully engineered so it is safe in a storm if it is tied down on these footings,' Miss Nobel said.The differences in price for the tiny homes are to do with high-end models and materials, detailing and whether or not the buyers want a retractable bed, deck or recycled materials. Flexibility is one of the most appealing things about these small houses, with home owners able to park their trailer anywhere a caravan can be parked.The homes also fall within a 'grey area' in some planning zones and in many cases, the homes can be parked in a backyard and lived in or rented out to people for extra income.  Great for adventure enthusiasts: The little houses are also prepared to go 'off-grid' and have capacity for two nine kilogram gas bottles to fuel the hot water, oven and cooktop'We are very lucky that we have been able to find a terrific location to park it and the people who own the block are happy for us to live there on very minimal rent to test out the idea,' Miss Nobel said. The little houses are also prepared to go 'off-grid' and have capacity for two nine kilogram gas bottles to fuel the hot water, oven and cooktop. They are also wired for solar and/or mains power and there is a grey water plant and composting toilet which removes the need to connect to sewerage.  Ready to go: They are also wired for solar and/or mains power and there is a grey water plant and composting toilet which removes the need to connect to sewerage Being built: For those who wish to live in one of these homes with more than one other, special pods can also be arranged to extend the space'Once sited, a rainwater tank would be required, or the house can also be connected to town water,' they explain on their website. 'The composting toilet diverts liquid waste and turns solid waste into compost. It is approved for use in all states, operates odour-free, and can save 35,000L of water per year.'Greywater and blackwater are treated on-board by a series of filters and grease traps. The end product is certified for direct release into the landscape.'The toilet chamber only needs to be changed every six months or so, based on full-time use from two adults.  Tiny: The homes are so compact, that 13 of them would fit inside the average Australian homeFor those who wish to live in one of these homes with more than one other, special pods can also be arranged to extend the space.   The homes are so compact, that 13 of them would fit inside the average Australian home. The houses could also be driven through a car wash.Miss Nobel said so far, she and Mr Carter are very much enjoying living in their tiny home. 'We love our little home and we've been so lucky with the location. Obviously it doesn't suit everyone but it's perfect for us,' she said.   
  
  
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