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The Centralian advocate Fri 30 Mar 2018



The Centralian advocate Fri 30 Mar 2018


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22 REAL ESTATE THURSDAY MARCH 29 2018 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 houses just over a year ago and opened for business in October 2017, including a short-stay tiny house accommodation in the Hills called Jude (named after his mum). The philosophy behind it is simple and its about creating a contemporary living space that encourages a digital detox and focus on the present. It was really about living with what you need, not what you want, and it was about having come from a place myself where I was in consumerism and I was wrapped up in what you have defines who you are, and its just not fulfilling in any way, Michael says. Its a material-based happiness, not happiness based which is what I think is really important so thats what started me on this journey. Based on a mix of Scandinavian, Japanese and minimalist design, the beautifully finished cabins are self sufficient and designed to work with the environment. They can include a kingsize bed, a single bed/daybed, a shower, composting toilet, full kitchen with dishwasher, storage and heating. We build them so you can just put it in the middle of nowhere and it runs off the solar energy derived from the panels on the roof, and weve got a big holding tank of water which works off of the same water catchment system as a roof, so it can be fully remote or you can plug it into mains, Michael says. In terms of popularity, Cabn has seen enormous interest in the past year, which Michael attributes to people wanting affordable and flexible homes. I dont know many young people who can scrape together $80,000 for a deposit on a home; you can buy one of these and live in it for $80,000, he says. We sit down with the client and consult them first on what they want to use it for, most importantly, and then, secondly, their budget and from there its around a 12-week build process. Then they can pick it up or we can deliver it its very flexible. Although this price does not include land, and will be subject to council approvals, its definitely an alternative option for those looking for a home. Michael has also seen a spike in bookings for his Cabn accommodation (from $190-$209/ night), located near Stirling. Its proving to be really popular; thats how we launched our first one and now weve got inquiries for more accommodation both here and interstate, he says. Were now just working through whos the best fit for the brand and who the best (Airbnb) hosts are. Its a long process but weve been overwhelmed by the interest. Its clear tiny homes arent just about affordability and flexibility but about having an adventure and simplifying life the aspect that originally drew Michael to the movement. Its community based, its quite inclusive, and we now live in these places where you dont talk to your neighbour and its such a weird shift weve had in society and this brings it back its a real movement and its a positive one, Michael says. If youre in a really well-designed, beautiful space, its no longer a small space its just a beautiful space. In a time when homes are getting bigger, housing affordability is a constant concern and the sense of community is dwindling, an alternative housing solution is gaining momentum and becoming a movement for lifestyle change. Tiny homes are making us rethink how we live. Tiny homes are essentially modern versions of caravans, as many can be moved or at least have the ability to be moved, on the back of a trailer. Caravans have been the home of choice for grey nomads and long-term travellers for decades, but whats different here is that a broader range of people is now seeing tiny homes as a permanent compact home option. Its more about changing the way we live, our reliance on connected services and stuff, as well as combating the ongoing costs of living. Of course its also about stylish aesthetics, decluttering and finding clever ways to fit a whole house into less than 40sqm (the loose definition of a tiny home). Tiny homes range in size from just 7sqm to 40sqm, compared to the average new-build Australian house, which is 231sqm in total size. While the movement is huge in the US and other parts of the world, and rapidly growing in Brisbane and Melbourne, it is also starting to take hold in South Australia. Michael Lamprell, a local founder/designer of Cabn, and Carrackalinga couple Brian and Dawn Kilgallon are some of the South Australians who have built custom-made tiny homes that not only look fabulous and inviting, but the public can stay in. CABN Cabn founder/designer Michael Lamprell saw an opportunity to not only create a change in the way we live, but also make a mark in Adelaides building industry. He established his company Cabn, building off-grid, self-contained and sustainable tiny Stylish plywood: Inside the Cabn tiny home in the Hills. Pictures supplied Last year during a trip to New Zealand, I had my first tiny home experience, staying in a little place in Taupo, in the North Island. It was built through DIY House Building, based in Auckland. As expected it was small, but still contained two bed lofts, a full kitchen, wood fire, living room and bathroom complete with a standard combination bath and shower. Homeowner and host Gay Brice decided to make the transition to a tiny home as a part of an early retirement plan and wanting to downsize from her original home. In order to retire early I sold my house in Auckland, bought a campervan and a section in Taupo and lived in my campervan until my tiny house was built, she says. My plan seems to be coming together well as I listed on Airbnb in September and my tiny house is in great demand. I love living tiny. Whats it like in a tiny house? It used to be all about bigger is better but these days the trend is heading in the opposite direction. The tiny home movement is gaining momentum throughout the world and it proves that with careful planning living on a small footprint is affordable and environmentally friendly, writes Chloe Metcalfe Tiny homes