This tiny house in Wattle Bank, Australia is made up of three functionally integrated 6 meter shipping containers.
In the context of climate change in which we find ourselves, one strategy is to reduce our carbon footprint and with this we may have to give up some habits that we are used to, but there will surely be room to enjoy others aspects of life.
Moving to places on the outskirts of cities allows us to have more green spaces to contemplate, even to build a small garden and grow our own food.
For Australian couple, Amy Plank and Richard Vaughan, downsizing their home meant shedding domestic obligations to maintain a larger home, giving them the freedom to surf, garden and enjoy nature whenever and wherever they wanted. wanted as they always wanted.
Hoping to fulfill their dream of a minimalist and sustainable lifestyle, Plank and Vaughan found the freedom they were hoping for by building a tiny house out of shipping containers.
Situated on a parcel of Amy’s parents’ farm, the couple’s Wattle Bank home was designed and built by modular home construction company Modhouse, founded by Amy’s parents, Mark and Melissa Plank.
Each 6-meter container that makes up the small house is connected to each other by integrated corridors.
These hallways also make the most of the available living space by housing utility rooms such as the laundry room and entryway.
Throughout the house, floor-to-ceiling doors and windows give a feeling of space and almost open-air living. These openings are also designed to take advantage of passive solar energy.
The roof extensions, which are separate, help to increase the thermal efficiency quotient of the house. With a rating of 7.1 stars, the energy efficiency of the house is achieved thanks to raised roofs and a special exterior cladding, covered with layers of thermal insulation.
While the exterior metal cladding helps shield the home from the natural elements, the softer, warmer interior is achieved with Tasmanian oak flooring and Ecoply plywood walls, ceilings and cabinetry.
In choosing all the construction materials for the house, Vaughan and Plank prioritized its eco-friendly appeal. Low-impact materials such as formaldehyde-free FSC-certified wood and natural waterproofing of walls and floors contribute to the overall sustainability factor of the house.
Additionally, Vaughan and Plank have relied on the knowledge of local traders and builders to reduce their carbon footprint and support the local economy.
This small house also incorporates photovoltaic solar panels on the roof for its own consumption.