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…

Award for Tiny House work

So honoured and proud to have been recognised by the Australian Civic Trust and to have won the Hugh Stretton Award for Residential Development for our work in the tiny house space namely for: the Tiny House  Planning Resource with Lara Nobel (Tiny House Company), Beth Winkle (Plannery Co), Kate Meathrel (Tiny Consulting), Heather Shearer (Griffith University)…

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…

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…

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.

Autumn Newsletter 2017

Plans, plans and plans – the many changes to the planning and building environment in Queensland State planning legislation Last year the Queensland State government introduced the new Planning Act 2016 which will come in force on 3 July this year. As part of these changes, subordinate statutory documents are also being updated and some…

Update on Tiny House on Wheels Decision

The recent Tiny House on Wheels decision has sent a ripple through the planning community. Brisbane City Council is currently reviewing its approach to the phenomena of Tiny Homes, not just in terms of regulations but also in the broader context of alternative housing options for Brisbane. There is still work to be done.  We advocate the development…

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…

Small is beautiful. Tiny Houses.

We are proud to provide our assistance and support to the Tiny House Company (www.tinyhousecompany.com.au) in their endeavours to make tiny homes an alternative solution to the design of infill developments and to the affordable housing problem. Their beautiful tiny home is currently challenging the planning and building concepts that regulate property development in Brisbane…