An Australian Built A Small, Solar-Powered House with 100% Recycled Materials

Jon Capistrano
Jon Capistrano
June 20, 2016

The Tiny House Movement is gaining momentum around the world and it’s just received a big boost in Australia thanks to this recently finished tiny retreat on wheels according to an article in Inhabitat.

Australian builder James Galletly aka The Upcyclist, collaborated with the Bower Reuse and Repair Centre to plan and build “The Tiny”, a small yet cosy retreat constructed atop a box trailer and assembled using more than 95% recycled materials.

It was created as part of an educational exercise to open Sydney households to the concept of tiny living. The beautifully created, one-bedroom space was completed within three months and is a perfect backyard guesthouse or an artist’s studio.

The Bower and Galletly realised in the early planning stages that building a tiny house atop a 6×8 box trailer was not viable. So they scaled back their plans to build a small bedroom instead. The project is constructed mostly from salvaged materials and The Tiny possess a one-of-a-kind feel to it. The façade is made from a combination of corrugated iron, reclaimed zinc alum, cedar weatherboards and hardwood fence palings. The interior walls are faced with nicely-coloured plywood sheeting and flooring sample boards. The whole structure is 100% waterproof and it is insulated with earth wool, polyester batts and pink batts in the walls while a reflective foil lined air cell is used to insulate the ceiling.

A fold-up single bed with a bright multi-coloured spread entices the visitor or the users up the small retreat’s pallet wood deck and stairs and all through a restored red cedar glass doors. The small house is also equipped with space-saving furniture like flip-up shelves, foldaway desks and other multifunctional amenities like wooden storage crates that doubles as seating. It also features LED lighting and a 240v power point are powered by solar energy.

Galletly said that the “The Tiny” is an experimental build. The idea is to encourage building using recycled materials, to see how much recycled stuff can be used, or what’s commonly available and other advantages using second hand materials. It was also done to know the people’s reactions to the tiny house concept. The Tiny is currently available for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go towards funding Galletly’s start up business of building and creating tiny houses using recycled materials.

Click here to read the full story on Inhabitat

Image Credit: James Galletly, The Upcyclist

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