A movement is emerging towards smaller and more sustainable homes, as the dream of buying a house increasingly becomes out of reach for most young people in Australia.
The tiny house movement is well established in the United States, where it grew steadily in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, but is a fledgling idea in Australia.
The houses are not much bigger than a caravan, but have been providing a small growing rebellion to Australia’s McMansion housing trend.
Lara Noble and Andrew Carter built their freestanding tiny house in a friend’s backyard in Red Hill, within walking distance of Brisbane’s CBD.
They rent the land and brought in the tiny house, which they designed themselves.
Ms Noble said they could never have afforded to buy a standard house so near the centre of the city, where they needed to be for their work as an architect and carpenter.
“We started over a year ago scheming about the idea of building a tiny house,” Ms Noble said.
‘We’ve had heaps of support too from the community in legitimising tiny houses, which is really exciting at the moment.”
Putting minimalist ideals to the test.
And putting their minimalist living ideals to the ultimate test, they have just added a new addition to their tiny house in the form of Charlie, their four-week-old daughter.
“I think she’s loving it. It’s hard to know yet, she’s too young to speak,” Ms Noble said.
Mr Carter said they hope to show there are alternatives to the lifetime mortgage, and energy-sucking homes in Australia’s growing urban sprawl.
“When Charlie’s two or three years old that will really test this form of housing for ourselves,” Mr Carter said.
“We’re under no illusion that this will suit the three of us forever.
“But at the moment it’s perfect and for a lot of people at a certain point in their lives it’s perfect.