Date claimer: Saturday 4 August

This is possibly the first event of its type in Queensland but the movement around tiny houses and eco-villages is growing and getting a voice that is starting to be heard in the greater community. This event will explore alternative housing models, land sharing, and ways of living. We will be speaking on the regulatory…

How many people can you fit in a tiny house?

On a cold miserable Friday…about 35!! That’s how many people made the trip to Docklands Harbour Esplanade to hear the first of the talks that were delivered as part of the Tiny Solutions event for Melbourne Knowledge Week. The rain and the wind drove us inside one of the three tiny houses on display. It was…

Are you in Melbourne ?

Here are a couple of date claimers that may be of interest: Community Housing Industry Association (Victoria) 2018 Conference On 19 April, the Community Housing Industry Association (Vic) will host its biennial conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The theme of this year’s event is Brave New World of Community Housing and ESC Consulting has been…

Brisbane Home Show

Last weekend we had the pleasure of hanging out with The Tiny House Company crew at the Brisbane Home Show. What a crowd! Their Tiny House on Wheels turned out to be very popular. It seemed that everyone wanted to check out the new ‘Swallowtail’ pod on display. The talks we delivered on planning and…

Tiny House Deep Dive – Done!

As we come up for air after our Deep Dive, I feel energised for the next round. There was an absolute positive vibe to the room yesterday. So many passionate people wanting to make a difference in this space. It really feels like the start of something big! A big thank you to all the…

Tiny House Deep Dive

BOOKED OUT!! We have a full house for tomorrow’s Deep Dive into whether Tiny Houses can solve big issues. The event organised by QShelter and ESC Consulting is bringing together a cross section of professionals from government, not-for-profit and industry, to identify and solve the barriers to getting tiny houses on the ground. We will…

What a way to start Spring!

With a Green Heart of course! Yesterday the Green Heart Fair took place in the Carindale Recreation Reserve. It was a splendid spring day, lots of sunshine, beautiful crowds, kids racing billy carts, and great exhibits and stalls to show how we love our Green Brisbane. Jessica Osborne and I were in the Building Better…

Density and Diversity Done Well – with tiny houses of course!

At last!! We can now reveal the entry that we prepared for the Density and Diversity Done Well competition! This competition was a joint initiative of the Queensland Department for Infrastructure Local Government and Planning and the Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland, with the endorsement of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning…

Building/renovating for comfort and low running costs – why wouldn’t you?

Just finished putting the final touches to the workbook which participants will get to use and take home after attending our masterclass – so excited! 60 pages full of such useful information for anyone wanting to build their own home or looking at a renovation. Next masterclass on 16 September at New Farm. To register visit: www.buyersguidetobuilders.com.au….

Biophilic Design Elements

Bio-what? The latin roots of the word biophilia are “bio” for ‘living things’ and “philia” for ‘attraction’ (as opposed to phobias for aversions). So the term “biophilia” means “love of life or living systems”. The hypothesis of biophilia was popularized by Edward O. Wilson in his book, Biophilia (1984) where he defined it as “the human urge…

Tiny House Planning Resource

If you think that Tiny Houses could contribute to the mainstream housing supply and diversity in our communities…if you think that they could offer an affordable housing alternative…if you are in property development as a regulator, developer or professional…then here is some food for thought. Download it. Read it. Explore it. Share it. Get in touch.

Postcard from the Kimberleys

Towards the end of last year I put my hand up to facilitate art activities for the elderly Aboriginal residents at Guwardi Ngadu Frail Aged Hostel in Fitzroy Crossing, WA for a couple of weeks in January 2017. I’ve just completed the first week and it is truly an expansive experience on so many levels….