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Not a "tiny house" as such but only two bedroom and built with sustainability in mind by a local architect at Eumundi. 

ECOLIBRIUM DESIGNS Eumundi

Part of the Sustainable House Day 2016 displays. Open Sept 11th but yet to find out the exact address.

HOUSE NAME Maybeoneday
ADDRESS: Eumundi 4562
HOUSING TYPE Standalone House
HOUSE SIZE 120m²
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS 2
NUMBER OF BATHROOMS 1
BUILDER Owner
PROJECT TYPE New Build
ARCHITECT/DESIGNER Ecolibrium Designs
OPENING HOURS 10am to 4pm

With our home we have tried to use locally sourced and recyclable materials as much as possible. This includes secondhand windows and doors, locally sourced and recycled timbers, locally produced Rockcote paint and an upcycled kitchen. The small house has been designed to extend as the family grows and allows for financial sustainability.

Other features include Weathertex cladding, a Gabion basket (local rock) retaining wall, feature Cob wall and a bridge pier pergola for shade, privacy and food production. water tanks collect water for the toilets and laundry with plumbing set up for future greywater use. We are starting to develop a permaculture garden and revegetation of the waterway.

 

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Looks interesting although there still is the ever present unproductive lawn. I wonder how long it took them to build it with all the recycled material.

Would need to go along to the open day for more info I think. The website has some. They're local - that's the bit that interests me the most.

The lawn is a matter of personal taste. Nothing to do with the house itself :)

How's your home project going?

Relatively local for us Northsiders Lissa :) True about the personal taste and it also depends on how much land you have. To me a house is just an extension of the land but then again I'm more of an outdoors person - again subjective. My project is going nowhere at the moment as I'm still working full time and also periodically on-call. Hopefully that will change in the near future. 

Anywhere within 100km radius of Brisbane is local to me - this builder just happens to be in the general direction that I would like to live, which is a plus. Not outside of Qld is important when it comes to choosing a home builder :) Now that's not local.

Looks good to me Lissa.  I suppose the big advantage with having a local builder is that they know the area and what is available and convenient.  The little house appears to be off the ground which is what I like. Tanks can go under the house.    A verandah is a great place to relax when in Queensland. It would be good to start with a blank slate, but in saying that, we are content with what we have.  Do you have a land size in mind, or does community living appeal to you. 

I have all sorts of ideas swirling around in my head re houses and land Christa but not enough $ to make any achievable at the moment. Just gathering ideas and names of builders and architects with the hope that it will be possible down the track.

A lot depends on the land - flat, sloping etc.

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