Are you handy on the tools, and keen to get involved in the build of your very own tiny home?
Or maybe you’re a great organiser and ready to sink your teeth into a new project.
If coordinating trades, getting your hands dirty and saving money is up your alley, a DIY build of your Tiny Blox home could be your next exciting project.
When you purchase your Tiny Blox kit home, we handle the design and supply of the core components, however we don’t build or install onsite.
You have the option to either DIY the build, or we can connect you with a reputable local building contractor to complete this work if you would prefer to outsource.
What are the DIY options?
Many of our customers think that the term “Owner Builder” requires them to be fluent in the ins and outs of the building trade, and actually complete the build of their tiny home themselves.
The beauty of the simplified Tiny Blox build system is that if you’ve got some construction experience, you can absolutely complete a lot of the work yourself. Full instructions come with your kit, and you can outsource to relevant trades when needed.
However the Owner Builder option can also be taken by anyone who has the time, and can use a phone!
Is DIY right for you?
Many Tiny Blox customers who are after a lower cost, minimalistic alternative to the traditional building process opt to DIY and find the process straightforward, and even fun.
If you choose DIY and manage the tradespeople yourself, you can cut out the builder’s margin and save around 20%.
Many of our customers also say they enjoy the sense of control over the build and love the feeling of putting together their kit home themselves.
What is Owner Builder licensing?
Owner Builder doesn’t mean you need to build your tiny home yourself. The license allows you to hire and manage tradespeople such as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, that you’ll need to complete your tiny home build.
You don’t have to actually do any of the drilling and hammering yourself, unless that’s your thing!
Becoming an owner-builder is easier and quicker than you may think, but does require you to obtain a licence. While there are a few steps to go through to get the relevant permit in your state, you can enjoy significant savings by not using a traditional builder to oversee construction.
How to obtain an Owner Builder licence in your state
The steps involved to get an Owner Builder license vary from state to state.
New South Wales:
How Tiny Blox can help
Tiny Blox will guide you through all stages of the owner builder process, from helping you decide if the owner builder approach is right for you, right through to any information you might need to obtain your Owner Builder permit.
We’ll help with compliance permits, easy-to-understand costings and any site or floor plans you need for your application.
When it comes time to get your build started, your kit home comes with easy-to-understand instructions and clear guidelines around when and how to engage the required tradespeople.
Think a Tiny Blox home could be your next exciting project? Speak to a Tiny Blox Consultant to discover how simple building a tiny house in your backyard can be.
Your Tiny Blox home may come to you in a box, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a cookie cutter kit home that looks like everyone else’s.
In fact, the possibilities are endless when it comes to the design of your unique tiny home.
Whether you’re building a granny flat, cubby house, or your very own man cave, your Tiny Blox is your own bespoke creation so you can design the functional and stylish tiny home of your dreams.
While all Tiny Blox kits come standard with the features that make our tiny homes high quality and durable, there are many opportunities for customisation in the design process.
From the very initial stages of the selection process, you get to choose from a wide range design and practical options, from the shell, to layout right down to colours, finishes and optional extras for a tiny home design that is truly yours.
Choose your kit home shell
The first step in creating your very own Tiny Blox home is to choose the shell which best fits your needs. There’s a Tiny Blox shell size and design to suit just about any backyard, and we give you the options to select a high impact kit home that fits into even the tightest of spots.
Choose from 15 different options to suit your budget and the size of the area available, starting from 10 square metre studios right through to five bedroom homes.
Can’t find the exact Tiny Blox shell you’re after? Thanks to our unique Connect IQ option, you can create virtually any design you can imagine by connecting two or more Tiny Blox structures together using direct connect or internal or external walkways. This allows you to mix and match your pre-engineered Tiny Blox shells to create your perfect tiny home.
Within the structure of your tiny home, your layout is also completely up to you. This means you get to choose the functions and features of your dwelling that truly suit your lifestyle and needs.
Select your flooring options
Next, you’ll choose to either build your tiny home on either a concrete slab or using a steel floor system.
This choice comes down to how permanent you want your dwelling to be. Standard supply is without a floor structure, and is for those who plan to build their Tiny Blox on a concrete slab.
If you’d prefer a lower impact alternative, the floor system option provides an elevated design which includes eco footings that don’t require concrete. Keep in mind that without a concrete slab, your dwelling could be considered “temporary”.
The Tiny Blox steel floor system includes footings designed to nail in the ground without the need for concrete, as well as the joists and bearers required to build your floor. You’ll also receive a yellow tongue particle board floor substrate or timber decking if outdoors.
Inside your tiny home, you get to choose the vinyl flooring finish that suits your taste and style of your home. Our Tiny Blox homes come standard with premium Acoustic Luxfeel flooring in a range of eight different colours, from beach oak, to blackbutt and chestnut, to help you create a look and feel for your home that you love.
Choose your external plasterboard cladding
The finish, profile and colour of your external cladding is possibly the biggest impact choice for really creating a tiny home design that stands out.
We offer four striking plasterboard cladding options by Weathertex which really change the look and feel of your Tiny Blox home.
Choose between a woodgrain or smooth finish to customise the look of your dwelling. The 150mm profile Weathergroove Woodsman is a rough surface timber look cladding for a more rustic finish.
The Weathergroove Smooth range is a smooth surface cladding for a more modern, minimalistic design, and comes in 300mm, 600mm and 1200mm profiles.
You can further customise the look and style of your external cladding by painting it the colour of your choosing.
Add on your extra fixtures
A pool house needs completely different facilities to a granny flat or recording studio, so the fixtures you’ll need to make your tiny home function best for you will be different from your neighbour.
Tiny Blox offers a wide range of optional extras to suit your needs. You can add on features like a kitchen kit, shower kit, instantaneous hot water and even air-conditioning.
Purchase your appliances, sink and extras directly so you get exactly what you want.
There are many opportunities for colour customisation in your Tiny Blox home. This means you can design a tiny home that matches the colour scheme of your existing home and suits your unique tastes.
You can paint the external internal cladding of your house any colour you prefer. You’ll also choose from a range of modern Colourbond colours for your roof, fascia and gutters. Finally, you get to choose the colour of your aluminium glass sliding doors.
These choices can really help create continuity between your existing house and tiny home to create a luxury, bespoke feel.
Tie it all together with decor, interior design and furniture
Finally, you’ll add your own personal flair to your tiny home just as you would in your primary house, with your own furniture and decor choices. It’s these little details that elevate your Tiny Blox home to a luxurious space that speaks to your personal style.
Ready to start the design process of your unique Tiny Blox creation?
Speak to a Tiny Blox consultant today and get started!
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