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Tiny but terrific: Three tiny homes that caught our eye

17 Nov 2022

All good things come in small packages and there is no exception in the NZ Tiny House Awards.

The awards, which were held at the Tiny House Expo at Manukau’s Due Drop Events Centre, celebrate the best in the tiny business with finalists in four categories; Best Commercial Build, Best DIY Build, Most Creative Design and the Resene Colour Awards. Each year the entries feature designs that showcase New Zealand's innovative and unique houses under 60 sqm.

While all of the entries showed innovation in small spaces these three designs from the semi-finalists caught our eye!

Resene Colour Award semi-finalist: The Tadpole Tiny House

The Tadpole Tiny House by Build Tiny, was a semi-finalist for the Resene Colour Award. This home's minimalistic, yet cosy interior is complemented with the native macrocarpa timber which features throughout the home. The walls are painted in warm, crisp white Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream, creating an eye-catching contrast amongst the timber. The ceilings are painted a touch lighter in Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream, visually elevating the space creating an open feeling. The simple design features a studio bedroom, with a well-equipped kitchen and an elegant bathroom making it the ideal space for guests. 

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Resene Colour Award semi-finalist: Britt - Shaye’s Tiny Homes


The Britt by Shaye’s Tiny Homes was another exceptional small design that leaves a big impact. The character-filled home features a kitchen, living space, storage built into the stairs, master bedroom and a guest bedroom that can be converted into an office space. The home is tastefully furnished with bohemian earth tones. The walls are painted in grey-toned neutral, Resene Quarter Black White, creating an inviting and spacious home that draws attention to the carefully considered details. 

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Best Commercial Build semi-finalist: Compac Homes Karapiro Cabin

Every cm of space if put to good use in the floorplan of Compac Homes’ Karapiro Cabin. The 14x 4m cabin features a master and guest bedroom, a luxe bathroom, kitchen and dining area. The V Groove walls and the ceiling are painted in light and bright Resene Black White creating a chic coastal look. The home has a monochrome palette featuring black tapware and pendant lighting as well as dark appliances including a fridge and rangehood in the kitchen space. 

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The event organiser Sharla May was blown away with the standard of entries in the awards. “The benefit from awards like this is to put New Zealand on the map for it’s amazing Tiny House Design and continue to recognise the rise of talent in New Zealand,” she says.
To view all the winners and browse the entire gallery, visit the Tiny House Awards website

Published: 17 Nov 2022