Amazing Off-The-Grid Tiny House Has Absolutely Everything!



so many of us dream of quitting our jobs in the city going off the grid and escaping to a beautiful country property the couple that we're about to meet have done exactly that and with a lot of style let's go check out their place today pull right for us nice to meet you hey how are you good things lovely to meet you both this is a tiny house that looks like it is prepared for anything isn't it tell me a little bit about all of the stuff that you've got going on here because it looks like an eclectic mixture of all kinds of off-grid technology yes we got the solar hot water solar electricity and I got the biogas and rainwater collection so we're all completely set up for off-grid living and what was it that actually inspired you to look into all of these different technologies well we were really passionate about renewable energy so we really want to make sure we make that switch to that just to be carbon free yeah we just want to have a really low carbon footprint so we were living in an apartment lifestyle in Sydney and being in apartments you can't put solar panels on their roofs we were even putting a solar panel on the balcony to get started DIY behind it didn't quite work out very well because it's very hard to get cow manure on a city yeah that was that was like and we're always going out camping yeah we tried to steal some cow manure from a paddock but that didn't work out too well either yeah yeah so anymore like you know what it's it's good living nature and okay there's offering elbows off-grid it's really wanted to do and we fell in love with prices for us especially the one Lucie in New Zealand yeah and that inspired us to build our own so instead of getting a mortgage or anything we just just yeah just build a tiny house and we're off grid and we haven't looked back we love it especially in the Byron area yeah I think that sounds great yeah and you actually built your whole tiny house using the renewable energy on-site denotes right it's right yeah power tools will run from the solar power yes yeah we knew we wanted to be upgraded on some farm lands so we knew we need that power up front to be able to run the tools so we just we just have them some guy in a truck just deliver it both from the middle of a field and we just plugged in and we well I'm really interested to see the tiny house but first I would love to have a walk around the outside and have a look at how all the different systems work sure definitely all right so first off we have your solar hot water yeah using evacuated tubes it's pretty efficient we get so much Sun here we could have gone for a simple model but we wanted to use the vecchio tubes in case we get really overcast because we've got no backup hot water solutions so even on an overcast or on the winter it'll still work fine now one of the things that I have never seen in a tiny house before is a bio against ideas so yeah how it works is it's just a big bladder of water and bio material so like your food scraps and or like garden waste or anything that will break down and the warmth from the Sun it just gets the bacteria going which just munches it all up and turns it into methane gas which then we use for cooking that is fascinating yeah that's cool and so how much gas is essentially produced like have you ever run out of gas when you're trying to cook something so it's early stages and it's summer here so it's really efficient at the moment but so far it's been perfect never run out of gas we're not feeding it too much actually or maybe only like a liter of food so that I can feed it up to six and liters a day I've been out doing that at the moment so it's probably a lido two liters a day and so far it's been fine like yeah and there's a by-product you get liquid fertilizer out of it as well but you can use them for the garden and then speaking of the gardens you are an amazing location yeah how did you actually come to find this parking spot for the tiny house we found that space through friends who are living in this area and they were just asking around for us because they knew that we were about to build up a tiny house and we also were looking for like not only a spot to build the tiny house but also for spot to live and it turned out that this land like facilitated everything for us so yeah it just worked out really well for us and then tell me about the solar setup on the tiny house how many panels do you have how much storage do you have wadies doral so we just ordered from an Australian company on their website and I just delivered it and it's six panels total of 1.86 kilowatt and we're stirring that into some deep cycle batteries 20 kilowatt hours I believe and that's then running a full kilowatt inverter for your standard off-the-shelf appliances that is a lot of power for a tiny house and that's also a lot of batteries to store so I'm guessing you're not set inside the house where are you actually keeping those yes I'm keeping them outside the house and just a little makeshift shelter I'll show you here we got the batteries and up here we got the inverter yeah runs all that oil it is for the amount of energy that you're using in your tiny house this must be overkill yeah well right now in the Sun look definitely without a doubt but the winter will get really interesting right see how it goes I'm sure we find that yeah yeah I should imagine it looks very serious and then of course the other missing part of this equation right now is what a storage oh yes yeah so here we've got a 10,000 litre water tank that we click just from our tiny roof we use it for drinking showering washing laundry and the great water gets used on the gardens 10,000 liters again that sounds like a huge amount of water storage for a tiny house on wheels but then I guess you have to take into consideration the fact that we are in Australia and drought is a big thing here isn't it that's right yes so in the spring we actually had like four months of no rain at all so it's gonna be interesting to see how the tank holds up once it's spring again or once we have a drought again so how long have you actually been living in the tiny house now it's been three weeks three weeks yeah so not a huge amount of opportunity to test all of these systems now is all other stuff working for you so far brilliantly it's really great so yeah we have enough water at the moment we have a power we have enough gas yeah it's all good at the moment and from renewables so yeah excellent we should we go have a look at the actual house now then yeah so what materials did you use in the construction of this house we use Cypress and seat up with the outside Cypress for the floorboards and also pine for the windows and the door and then lightweight plywood for the interior cladding you mentioned lightweight here in Australia you can build to a maximum of four and a half ton so weight considerations really are a big deal in the tiny houses here aren't they definitely yes so that's why we only bought lightweight materials and it was always big consideration when actually buying materials or when we thought about what to use for like the outside for example Oh the inside well I would love to have a look inside the house and check out what you've done perfect let's go inside okay this is super spacious in here isn't it yeah that's good yeah what length is this tiny house because this actually looks a lot longer than a lot of the other homes that I've seen here in Australia yeah it's meters long right yeah so obviously when you're battling with weight building an 8 meter long tiny house that's a pretty big decision because it's very difficult to build under way and eight meters long so what was the thought process that actually went into the length of this tiny house and the design in general [Laughter] actually seven meters long like the initial design was like just seven meters but then we found out that we can go up to I think 12 meters legally here in Australia so we thought – is like 1 meter yeah so that's what we did but yeah now a weight issue became a bit bigger because obviously it's long and now that we still don't know how much we actually weigh so yeah so how we are below 4.5 but even at first if we are over it's no big deal actually like you can if you get it like a freshman company to come do it they don't care about your weight just like yep no worries yeah it's no big deal to be honest and so we are right now here in your lounge and your office yep yeah well it's lightweight this couch and we wanted it to be pretty and we thought about building our own then we had a little bit of time pressure because you really wanted to move in and we didn't want to build our own couch because we know furniture makers we just thought it would add to the whole process of you know like I'm I'm not being able to move in very quickly so yeah we chose ended up buying a couch I suppose we did built this office table it's a fold away table and it's small enough for the tiny house it's big enough for Paul and to do this work now the workspace here that's really important for you isn't it Paul because you actually work from home in this tiny house yeah that's right I do IT support from home so it's really important to have a decent desk so I can work from yeah and get good internet here and then great sized kitchen space that you have here yeah there's a little DIY build we wanted it to be really lightweight so we made it all from plywood so it's very very light and pine and yeah it all came together within a couple of days I think one of the really interesting things that I notice about this kitchen as well is that you've got both an electric induction element as well as the gas hob that's right so and the induction is for data use so when we have a lot of Sun and yeah we can't just use the induction because we have excess solar energy that can easily be used for cooking during the day and at night time when there's no Sun or if it's overcast and we will just use our gas cooktop which is then powered from our home biogas very clear they're having that multiple use there definitely adds Ben Andy yeah so behind us here we also have a lot of storage space yeah we definitely wanted to utilize all the storage under the staircase um so we built our drawers ourselves so that's just four pantry use and for our groceries and then we have some space that's all for fridge and as well as some shelves for chopping boards and other things that I really like how in the space as well you've also left your steel framing exposed definitely wanted to leave it exposed because I think it's the skeleton of our house so I think we should like leave it open for everyone to see and then behind me here we have your yeah that's right this is a really decent-sized bathroom for a tiny house yeah even managed to fit your washing machine that's right that's our old washing machine and it's running fully off rainwater and solar power yep and you've added some really nice DIY touches in here have a I love your green wool this beautiful little Basin that's right it's from a supermarket it's just a salad bowl you have done a great job transforming that into an object of beauty bin really good-sized shower as well it's a standard sized shower it's 900 by 900 and yeah it totally serve the purpose now tell me about your composting toilet yeah because it looks like the eventually constructed this one yourself as well yes we did yes so we copied a design we found online and just constructed it ourselves using pine wood now the compost that actually comes out of that are you able to use that in your biogas digester going by the home by gas recommendations they recommend not to do it if you're going to use it it's a fertilizer in your garden because it could introduce pathogens but it was an idea that we thought of a way of getting rid of all our waste really but so on the property right now you're composting your human you are separate to everything that's going into the biogas yes because we want to use it for fertilizer for the gardens yeah and of course your humanure is perfectly safe to use on the gardens eventually it just requires a little bit more that's right yeah it takes six months to one year yeah now over here in your storage loft no shortage of clothing storage is there that's right wow that's a lot hanging clean something yeah also they go like camp gear or winter clothing and that's it really yeah and then your sleeping loft is just that people find us yeah yeah we take a look at that yeah sure yeah after you what a welcoming little space this is I really like how you've actually found enough space to store all of your clothing up here as well majority of our clothes are up here actually yeah it's cool works well so tell me about the loft design yeah so we went two point eight meters long and we use the same floorboards that we use for the floor and yeah it's plenty big enough for sleeping and we store majority of our books and clothes up here so it's cool we built the shelves ourselves as well so it's custom-made to the size of the loft oh yeah again it's really a lightweight plywood like everything's as lightweight as possible yeah so how does it feel every day to be waking up in a space that you know you've built yourself amazing no radical pinching ourselves every day yeah now there's a lot of technology that's gone into this house as well the solar systems all of the off-grid utilities this could not have been a cheap project to have achieved it wasn't right actually so including all the off-grid it came to sixty five not the awkward just the house is 41 came to that's all mostly DIY build but yeah wow that really is very impressive considering the amount of utilities that are actually connected to this house and the amount of functionality that you've been able to build into this space yeah that's right some will year-round living for two people weren't comfortably so yeah we're already happy so what does the future have in store for you both I guess you find out I think you will be enjoying our tiny house for a little while since we just finished building and just moved in so it's gonna be great to live in it to live off renewable energy and to produce our cooking gas and yeah to enjoy living without a mortgage and also without paying utilities so that's gonna be great and you get to enjoy this beautiful land here this beautiful area as well so yeah I think this is what's going to happen next it's perfect space for us it's not too small although it as a tiny house but it really feels it feels big for us and both of us we don't have any Builder background we're not like carpenters or anything like that so I think if we can do it anyone can do it and it takes a lot of time and research and probably effort and also motivation and times to do it but yeah I think it's quite rewarding actually because you end up with the space you completely build yourself it's just a really rewarding journey I think and the difference that we pay in rent from Sydney apartment we worked out we would have completely covered all expenses within three years that's pretty cool well I am so impressed with what you have managed to accomplish here in this tiny house all of the off-grid features that you've built in and the fact that you did it all yourself is incredible thank you so much for sharing your home with me you're welcome welcome thank you thank you here in Australia the Sun is such an abundant resource in terms of its ability to create power heat water and do so much more in the case of this tiny house couple they have done an amazing job of utilizing that resource and giving themselves off-grid in their own beautiful tiny house and that is a wonderful accomplishment you

32 Comments

  • 223 Tino

    April 14, 2019

    Young scientists in action

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  • Loubet Lola

    April 14, 2019

    Hello, I'd like to know if I could use 2 seconds of the house visual for a video for a project about water and new sustainable ways of using it. Would that be possible if we credit you ?

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  • Peya Luna

    April 14, 2019

    they got a great set-up for living (mostly) off-grid, but you still need money for some essentials you need to buy, plus whatever amount of rent they´re paying for the land, so….where the heck do they get the money they need to live like that?

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  • RichieT5

    April 14, 2019

    Great house and clever energy tech, such a shame they don,t have have a deck/ verandah

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  • Night Owl

    April 14, 2019

    Ready for anything??!!! I'll say no more.

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  • Trev Bermi

    April 14, 2019

    is it me or does the wife of guy sound European?

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  • Evgeny TV

    April 14, 2019

    Ребята, супер. Удачи Вам!

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  • ElLengthwise VLOG

    April 14, 2019

    The location is heaven ?

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  • Mika Morgan

    April 14, 2019

    I will hate a composting toilet. Imagine having a dinner party and having to explain to the guest how to use the toilet ?

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  • Majin Buddha

    April 14, 2019

    I bet they gonna have water problems if theres a drought, they need another water supply.

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  • saahib aalim zafir

    April 14, 2019

    makes a great gift in retirement to a responsible young adult family member.

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  • saahib aalim zafir

    April 14, 2019

    i am concerned with cluttering. it seems a minimalist interior design is absolutely necessary.

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  • saahib aalim zafir

    April 14, 2019

    the new trailer parks of america.

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  • Susan Nichols

    April 14, 2019

    "I don't know: How refreshing to hear from non architect-designers

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  • Zakaria Al Mamun

    April 14, 2019

    Everything except, yknow… Space

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  • Bruce Williams

    April 14, 2019

    65 what?

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  • Manuel Cojocaru

    April 14, 2019

    I fell asleep watching documentaries and this annoying voice- son-of-a-bitch wake me up with is stupid annoying voice.

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  • Doodle Boy

    April 14, 2019

    There is a solar panel which generates water .
    You guys should definitely check it out

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  • Jennifer Metahu

    April 14, 2019

    7:35 video begins…

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  • ce gz

    April 14, 2019

    I have a question about weight considerations and construction: they built the house in the middle of nowhere, it's completely off-grid and lets assume that for some reason they will never move the house, does it really matter the building codes if nobody sees it?
    I'm not from Australia so I don't really know how things work legally

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  • Sassy me

    April 14, 2019

    Sadly so many places are making off grid illegal

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  • Opy Brook

    April 14, 2019

    Incredible!!!!

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  • Charlie Rothwill

    April 14, 2019

    RICH KIDS SOLVING RICH KID PROBLEMS ! Such a cute game they're playing.

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  • Charlie Rothwill

    April 14, 2019

    Not in the U.S they can't tax it -you can't have it !

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  • Brenda Kirkland

    April 14, 2019

    Funniest couple yet ! Love the house ? too

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  • Amorist Eclectic

    April 14, 2019

    Great couple! Wonderful sense of humor. I could so live in a house like this. They got it all figured out!

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  • Ike the ranter

    April 14, 2019

    Any updates?? How do you keep your batteries cool?
    Post an Update!!!

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  • Ash

    April 14, 2019

    Doesnt have guns tho, or a fence at least. bad people could go in, rape and kill'em, take over the place till soenone else does the same to them.

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  • Ave Nero

    April 14, 2019

    She kinda sounds like she has a German accent. ?

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  • Richard Bartlett

    April 14, 2019

    Try parking this on a city lot. Ain't gonna happen.

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  • J Bello

    April 14, 2019

    how come so many tiny house people quit there job and working from home?? am i missing something? i've seen like 10 videos already of tiny house people working from home… the rest of us must be doing something wrong then

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  • Tina Louise

    April 14, 2019

    Sooo cool this is very inspiring to be living off grid like this that it is possible kind of like an earthship and van living all in one .. bye bye grid

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