Brief 

Commissioned to design a vacation home for a family of four that could occasionally be used for hosting parties, New Zealand’s Build Tiny has created an open and airy tiny house that’s also well-suited to entertaining guests.

 

Insight

Commissioned to design a vacation home for a family of four that could occasionally be used for hosting parties, New Zealand’s Build Tiny has created an open and airy tiny house that’s also well-suited to entertaining guests.

The Joy measures a total length of 7.8 m (25.5 ft), and a width of 2.7 m (8.8 ft). Its exterior is clad in vinyl and it features generous glazing, including a large glazed door that really opens it up to the outside. This was a key focus behind the design.

The Joy Tiny House was created as a get-away home/Bach for a family of four,” explained Build Tiny. “Being a Bach, this tiny house was specifically designed for short-term stays as opposed to long-term living. There’s adequate storage for two people full time, but the priority in this build was to create open living areas for family interaction, indoor-outdoor flow, and room for entertaining.”

The interior is finished in plain birch plywood, and features a spacious living room with lots of empty floorspace for people to mingle together, plus a large sofa for seated conversations.

The kitchen is nearby and contains a breakfast bar for two, a small folding table, a coffee machine, a sink with wooden chopping board insert, a full-sized fridge/freezer and an oven with a two-burner propane-powered stove. A removable servery made from microcarpa wood rests outside the kitchen window, making it easier to hand out nibbles and drinks when the party moves outdoors.

 

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