They say it takes years to become an overnight success and building a house is much the same.  It has been 3 years since I started looking at land in the country, over a year since I sold my house in suburbia and it took 6 months to get council approval for the tiny house build.  Then suddenly the tiny house build begins with the shed kit in production and the slab scheduled to go down in a week!

So I now present to the world a sneak peek at the Habitat Tonic tiny house layout and the finishes selected so far. 

The key details and finishes – 

  • Overall size is 6 x 6mts (plus there will be a 6 x 6mt carport & 6 x 6mt garage joined to it).
  • Shed kit sits on a concrete slab and plumbing will sit above the slab so I can move the layout around in years to come.
  • The exterior walls and roof are Colorbond Corodek in Shale Grey.
  • The guttering, gable ends and roller door are in Colorbond Monument and the window frames are black.
  • The floor will be cork tiles in a beautiful whitewash tone from Cork Imports Australia
  • The interior walls will be sheeted in Austral Plywood super E0 hoop pine plywood and I am experimenting with an eco-friendly white oiled finish from Livos Australia
  • The interior ceiling will be sheeted in Austral Plywood E0 Ihoop plywood in the natural hoop colour.
  • I am using a bathroom pod from Add-a-bathroom so there is no need for tiles or grout and I can assemble it myself!
  • The bathroom vanity will feature a round basin in a mint green colour and after much searching, I found a 304 grade stainless steel basin waste on Ebay (the chrome & PVD coated ones just don’t last!).
  • The kitchen cabinets are my own design and will be made from plywood by my favourite cabinet maker in Ipswich QLD. I will clad the front of the cabinets & drawers in strips of timber.  More on this later.   
  • The kitchen counter and bathroom vanity are going to be made from a solid oak boardroom table top which I salvaged from a previous hotel project. Colour is going to be natural.
  • I have some existing furniture from my old house such as DVD cabinets in Colourpine Ebony Fineline to house my hubby’s large collection and a W Hotel Brisbane style sofa in Profile Coco Caviar fabric which I had made while I was working on sourcing furniture for the project last year.
  • I also have some slightly damaged granite stone tops from the W Hotel Brisbane project.  I am hoping to use these as a desk top and maybe bedside tables. 
Tiny House Layout and Finishes

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