Jawa

Built in New Zealand, this 30 x 8ft (300sq/ft) epic tiny house was built to 80% completion over a really fun two-week workshop (six crew plus 16 participants). Jawa is currently being completed and will soon to be occupied by its' fantastic owners in the Bay of Plenty.

A very quick update of the Jawa finishing progress.

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building Workshops

We love these building workshops! Bringing together like-minded people for a common goal is rewarding on so many levels. Making friends and sharing the experience of building (rather than consuming) can be life-changing for some.  The real take-away for most of the participants is the community aspect of the build, which we nourish and encourage with laughter,  fun, and creating space to talk about dreams together. 

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The design

Personally, this is one of the designs I am most proud of.  The impact of the angled walls could not be felt by the 3D renders, but when we got to experience them in-person they created an amazing illusion of space. Two meters of additional floor space was created in the lofts at each end (which saved $$ on the trailer size), the couch and lofts by design had built-in back rests without requiring extra pillows, and the bathroom felt bigger and more glamorous because the wall was away from your eye-line.

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Leo Murray - The owner staring at what we had accomplished in two weeks. Leo, his partner Tara, and the land-owner, Janice, were incredible hosts. 

Leo Murray - The owner staring at what we had accomplished in two weeks. Leo, his partner Tara, and the land-owner, Janice, were incredible hosts. 

Looking at the living room window.

Looking at the living room window.

 

materials

The New Zealand native timbers are so beautiful, sourced from Fred the wood-mill neighbour (Carters Saw Mill) and installed with so much love. The timbers in this tiny are: oak floors, macrocarpa studs and structural timbers, redwood siding, interior trim, stair treads and countertop, and poplar ceiling. We used 100% wool insulation from Green Sheep (in the same valley). The client sourced salvaged double-pane aluminum windows and doors from Trade Me (NZ's version of craigslist or Gumtree). And even the trailer was bought locally, from Bay Engineering. 

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100% NZ wool insulation

100% NZ wool insulation

The hatch for the humanure toilet. 

The hatch for the humanure toilet.