Would you live in a small vacation house that uses solar power for electricity? How about a water supply that entirely relies on rainwater collection?
The ecotourism market in Australia has led Big Tiny to deploy sustainable tiny homes across the Land Down Under. The Singaporean startup company particularly develops and builds these houses in natural settings, including farms and vineyards.
Big Tiny co-founder Adrian Chia said that each house can accommodate up to four people, depending on the model. Most of the company’s target market comes from Singapore, where 438,100 people flew to Australia in the last 12 months to October 2017.
Chia and two other founders, Dave Ng and Jeff Yeo, banked on the popularity of small spaces in Australia, where tiny houses are built due to cost and environmental reasons. Ng said that they intend to use more wooden furniture for each house to improve its sustainable appeal. Big Tiny currently designs the houses with timber panels and other natural materials.
Expensive home prices in Australia and the environmental footprint of large homes will lead more Australians to consider smaller spaces, both for their vacation and permanent homes. This will be one of the major trends for 2018, when architects will notice more clients that prefer simpler yet functional spaces.
For instance, Archiblox architect Bill McCorkell said that high energy bills have already motivated prospective homeowners to ‘off-grid’ homes for a more sustainable lifestyle. Supawood added that another sustainable trend for home designs this year involves the use of more natural resources, such as concrete, timber panels, and hand-crafted brickwork.
It makes sense that accommodation for ecotourism patrons become more sustainable since it adds appeal to the idea of connecting more with nature. What is your opinion on different sustainable trends in Australia?