The Tiny House Movement is gaining momentum worldwide and it's just received a big boost down under thanks to this recently completed tiny retreat on wheels. Australian builder James Galletly, also known as The Upcyclist, teamed up with the Bower Reuse and Repair Center to design and build The Tiny, a small and cozy retreat constructed atop a box trailer and assembled with more than 95% recycled materials. Created as part of an educational exercise to expose Sydney residents to the concept of tiny living, the adorable one-bedroom space was completed in just 3 months and is perfect as a cozy artist's studio or backyard guesthouse.
Galletly and The Bower realized early on that building a tiny house atop a 6x8 box trailer was nonviable, and so scaled back their plans to build a tiny bedroom instead.
. The facade is created from an eclectic combination of reclaimed zinc alum, corrugated iron, cedar weatherboards, and hardwood fence palings.
The structure is 100% waterproof and is insulated with a combination of earth wool, polyester batts, and pink patts in the walls.
Inside, a fold up single bed with a bright, multicolored spread entices users up the Tiny's pallet wood deck and stairs and through a set of restored red cedar double glass doors.
The Tiny is also equipped with space-saving furniture like the foldaway desk and flip up/flip down shelving made from Tasmanian oak cupboard doors.
The interior walls are lined with richly colored plywood sheeting and flooring sample boards.
About half of the screws and fixings used are secondhand from The Bower. The others were bought new in order to get the job done on time.
The Tiny is currently available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will go towards funding Galletly's startup business of building tiny houses with recycled materials.