Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of four

Amy and Greg are an Australian couple living in a 7.2m x 2.4 tiny home in Queensland with Greg’s two children, Zack and Jayda, from a previous marriage every second week and the family’s French bulldog, Indi. Their tiny home journey began two years ago when Amy’s dad passed away. At this point, they realized they wanted to spend more time on memories and life rather than consumerism. After four months of research, they began working with Aussie Tiny Houses to build their new dream tiny house, the ‘Teewah 7.2’.

tiny house life done simple 20 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourNow, they are on an exciting journey to eventually purchasing land and creating a self-sustainable homestead. While living as a family of four in 278ft2 of space might seem challenging, Amy and Greg wouldn’t have it any other way. Learn more about their journey below.

tiny house life done simple 5 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourAustralian couple Amy and Greg commissioned Aussie Tiny Houses to build Teewah 7.2, a 7.2m x 2.4m x 4.3m high tiny home that complies with Australian road requirements. The exterior features steel colourbond cladding and matte glass-stained western red cedar. The living space is a total of 278ft2 broken down as 168ft2 ground floor space, a 57ft2 master loft, and a kids’ loft spanning 53ft2.

The 4.5-ton tiny house has a conventional caravan water connection, 15-amp mains power, and a dual gas regulator set up with two LPG gas bottles. Teewah is also solar-ready for future off-the-grid plans.

tiny house life done simple 7 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourThe lightness of the materials utilized in Teewah offers the illusion of space. However, making sure they have enough room for comfortable living also comes down to their cleaning schedule. The family will spend around 15 minutes a day cleaning, including dishes, wiping surfaces, putting items where they belong, and, sometimes, a quick vacuum. A deeper clean on the weekends takes around 45 minutes, but Greg and Amy find they spend much less time cleaning than they did in a conventional home.

rr - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourThe kitchen took the most planning, as it would be the part of the tiny house that would receive the most traffic. Amy said it functions well for their family, has ample storage, and takes on the role of a kitchen, dining room, office, and yoga studio.

120992366 2390665321240472 6767824741994051950 n 1 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourAesthetics and functionality are essential in any tiny home, but this couple has established a balance beautifully. They have sleek white and wood cube shelving system for each loft and storage space for bulky items like Greg’s guitar and a plant collection. LED strip lighting also features under the cabinets for coziness before bed.

tiny house life done simple 23 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourThe kitchen has undergone a few changes since it was first put together. Amy has set up a top shelf for charging devices and a specific area for clutter like keys and sunglasses. The bottom shelf is for Indi’s bowls, preventing anyone from accidentally kicking the bowls and spilling water. The entire space is well designed, with white contrasting beautifully against the honey wood coloring.

tiny house life done simple 8 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourSeamlessly integrated into the kitchen’s design is a narrow pull-out pantry. This provides easy access to daily food items while also making use of previously wasted space. 97141308 2601113540126465 2060230094683307749 n - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourAmy and Greg also reuse glass bottles and jars for dry ingredients.

tiny house life done simple 4 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourThe two bedroom lofts are positioned over the lounge, with the children’s space accessible by a removable ladder set on the storage steps leading to the master loft.

tiny house life done simple 6 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourAs you could imagine, working from home in a tiny house would present a few challenges. However, Greg and Amy make it work with a few ground rules. They pick a space in the kitchen or on the couch and make sure they set specific work hours.

They also say it’s essential to communicate and get out of the house as much as possible – regardless of whether you live in a traditional or tiny house.

tiny house life done simple 15 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourDuring the design stage of their tiny house adventure, Greg and Amy noticed that couch, storage, bed, and desk solutions looked complicated and uncomfortable. They decided to opt for something more straightforward in their lounge room/guest bedroom.

They chose an IKEA Friheten sofa with storage in the chaise, which folds out for extra sleeping space. They keep bedding, photo albums, home office gear, and the vacuum cleaner while it’s charging within the chaise.

tiny house life done simple 11 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourThe bathroom in Greg and Amy’s tiny home is the only separate room in the house. It’s also the only room with a door. Surprisingly, this bathroom is as luxurious as you would find in any conventional home.

It’s 1.564m x 2.22m with a generous shower featuring a rainfall showerhead. The bathroom is also the laundry, and ventilation is in the form of two louver windows and a small extractor fan. The black window frames strike a gorgeous contrast against the cedar roof and stunning wood flooring.

tiny house life done simple 24 1 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourThe toilet was a big deal when designing their tiny home. Greg and Amy wanted something that didn’t limit where they could park their house.

They opted for the Separett Villa 9100. Urine is diverted to a pit away from the house, and solid waste and paper are housed in a hidden compartment. A fan minimizes moisture and smell in this compartment, and they empty the solids once every three weeks, which can be composted or disposed of as general garbage.

tiny house life done simple 18 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourThe toilet area is certainly not lacking storage, with wood shelving being both functional and aesthetically pleasing on the stark white walls.

100967090 548806112472691 2916624954390332947 n 1 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of four Greg and Amy’s bathroom is truly something special. They have contemporary cabinetry paired with a natural wood bench, plenty of storage space, a mirror to add the illusion of space, and stunning pendant lighting. Further space is saved by not having laundry baskets. Instead, dirty laundry is stored in the front-loader washing machine until a full load is ready to be washed.

tiny house life done simple 13 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourThe master loft is positioned above the bathroom, with access from the general kitchen space. The roof pitches at a three-degree angle, so Greg sleeps at the higher end since he’s taller. Their spring-free mattress is positioned on low-profile slats for ventilation.

While the white walls and natural wood flooring make the room light and spacious, a skylight offers extra natural light and headspace. It also provides easy access to the roof.

tiny house life done simple 10 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourEven though the lofts are not full-sized, Greg and Amy say they wouldn’t have it any other way. They fall asleep looking at the stars through the skylight while also enjoying a cross-breeze from the windows. They also love the uncluttered, cozy, and calming layout.

tiny house life done simple 12 - Tiny house led to a simpler life for family of fourThe tiny house design didn’t initially incorporate the kids’ loft, but this was something Greg and Amy added in. They wanted the kids to have space for themselves. Zack and Jayda love spending time up there drawing and reading, and there are shelving and baskets for their clothes and books. More shoes and toys are located on the ground floor in the staircase storage area. Given the kids are older, they opted not to have rails.

Follow the Australian family’s tiny life on Instagram @life_done_simple and their website

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