Even prestige real estate agents believe there is a market for tiny houses. Photo by Richard Gosling
Even prestige real estate agents believe there is a market for tiny houses. Photo by Richard Gosling

Could you live in a tiny, tiny home?

COULD you sleep in a tiny home with your bed just a metre from your toilet if it meant you didn't have a mortgage to pay off?

Gold Coast company Tiny Blox has had more than 560 inquiries and 35 sales of its tiny houses in a fortnight from people who reckon they can.

Could you live in a tiny house?
Could you live in a tiny house?

Tiny Blox sells tiny homes - 10 sqm shells that are designed to contain a whole "home'', including the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.

They come in ready-to-build flatpacks, can be built in two days using one tool and require no council approval.

Owner Chris Henry said with rising costs associated with living, Australians are ditching luxury for necessity and with the tiny homes starting at $15,000, it is realistic for people to live debt free,

Chris Henry with one of his Tiny Blox. Photo by Richard Gosling
Chris Henry with one of his Tiny Blox. Photo by Richard Gosling

"The world is getting more expensive and people are trying to look for options to check out of the economy," he said.

"It's a compressed house. We're taking away the fluff.

"People can't afford housing in this current climate and instead of just succumbing to a life of debt, they're looking for smarter options.

"Now with what we're doing, people can buy a tiny block of land for 20 grand, a tiny home for 15 (thousand) and allow $5000 for everything else and you've got a home forever for $40,000."

The layout of a 3m x 3m Tiny Blox, with bed, kitchen, toilet and shower.
The layout of a 3m x 3m Tiny Blox, with bed, kitchen, toilet and shower.

The Tiny Blox homes come in four different shapes and sizes.

The most standard order comes with Colorbond shell, prefabricated steel frames, glass sliding doors, light fittings, insulation, floorboards and cladding.

From there, buyers choose colours and can select add-ons such as aircon, a shower, toilet and hot water system, or they can leave it as a shell if they wish to use it for other purposes.

Mr Henry said buyers could also choose to buy multiple Tiny Blox and add them together to create a home for families.

"Considering how small they are, there are so many things you can do with them," he said.

"We quoted a five-bedroom house that fit under 100 sqm.

Even prestige real estate agents believe there is a market for tiny houses. Photo by Richard Gosling
Even prestige real estate agents believe there is a market for tiny houses. Photo by Richard Gosling

"We're doing quotes for a tiny village down in Sydney who sell tiny blocks of land, so when people buy these small allotments they can offer a shell to put on it.

"We've been doing granny flats out the back of people's properties for late teens, young adults who want to stay at home a bit longer while they save or grandparents who still want a bit of independence.

"Or we've seen people buying them just as a shell for a house for their pets, a man cave, an outdoor nursery, a recording studio - people use them for everything."

Jordan Williams, managing director of Kollosche Prestige Agents, exclusively sells multimillion-dollar properties, but said there was "definitely a market" for the tiny homes.

"As crazy as it sounds, I think with land being so expensive, costs of living going through the roof and wages not increasing to match, this is the way we could be going," he said.

"It's expensive to buy homes and for first home buyers it's incredibly hard to get into the market.

"I don't know about 10 sqm … but I think it could be going that way."



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