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Simon Joiner built his first tiny home in his shed. Picture: CLAIRE OTTAVIANO

Big idea to build tiny homes

A WINNING combination of skill and passion helped Darlington’s Simon Joiner design and build his first tiny home model.

With a background in framed construction, Mr Joiner set out to create a small business using his industry experiences while also addressing global demand for affordable housing and smaller living options.

The father-of-three said the homes-on-wheels not only provided spaces for smaller living but their manoeuvrability meant the tiny homes had potential to provide pop-up community living for large numbers of people in a short space of time.

“Number one it’s about affordable living and starting to look at that social housing issue,” he said.

“We should all have a roof over our heads and we thought how can we play a part in that.”

The homes are built on a trailer chassis and are registered and road worthy, separating them from a typical donga or other transportable building and are built with steel wall frames.

It took the small business owner two years of research and about eight weeks to build his first model, launching the business in January.

“The homework came back to hurricane Katrina in 2005, devastation created a solution, which was tiny homes, and then the GFC added fuel to that fire and Europe started to take it on and now the evolution is that Australia is starting to talk about,” he said.

“The idea came from a mixed bag of working in the industry and just liking the concept.”

Contemporary features of the home include a full kitchen and bathroom with a standard-sized shower, power points with USB’s, usable storage and living spaces.

“We were very conscious during the design process to make sure there was lots of storage but not too much,” he said

“It’s questionable if you’re going to hide something away are you really going to use it and therefore do you need it?

“Part of our design concept is understanding what people need in a tiny home.

“The longer you sit in here you realise that everything you’re looking at is everything you have in a space that’s two to three times the size.”

When considering any addition to an existing home or residential property it is important to check the rules and regulations of the  local government authority.

Visit www.tinyhomesperth.net.au for more information.

By Claire Ottaviano

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