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…

Black cube houses?

I was driving to a meeting the other day and I went past a construction site for a new house. I gasped! I was shocked! The house was…well basically, a black cube. Why was I shocked? In subtropical Queensland, your key house design should be focused on keeping your house cool, and some of the…

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…

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…

The traffic congestion funnel

I was driving along the M1 (Gateway Motorway) on the weekend, through the road widening works between Nudgee and Deagon, despairing at the number of trees (including some very large old ones) that have been removed in order to create additional lanes. Less trees for more cars…sigh I was hoping someone could explain to me…

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…

Buildings that breathe

At a recent industry forum, Brisbane City Council advised of a new prelodgement service called DesignSMART. The service is “a series of prelodgement meetings focused on a collaborative design process” with the development industry with the intent of ensuring that building designs embrace the key considerations which Brisbane City Council have identified and captured in a document…

Landmark precedent for the Tiny House on Wheels

The decision This week the Queensland Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committee (the Committee) established to hear the appeal against the enforcement notice issued by the Brisbane City Council (BCC) to the owners of the Tiny House on Wheels (THOW) “formed the view that the THOW does not constitute building works as defined under the Building…