| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Small Passive House On Wheels Designed To Withstand Earthquakes

After the earthquakes here in Christchurch [a] lot of the residential land was actually Red zoned and deemed Unfit to be built on and I think that’s just one of the reasons why the tiny house movement is really exploding here You can no longer build a regular home on some of the land But a tiny house on a trailer is absolutely perfect. The problem is though not everyone wants to live in a tiny house And that’s why I think this next place We’re about to visit is very special Paul has constructed a small house still on a trailer, that even meets passive design principles. It’s a very clever idea Hey, Paul, hello Good to meet you. Mate good to meet you too. What an absolutely striking house you have here beautiful in there. Yeah, so unusual Yeah I wanted something that was really sleek and modern and black and shiny just worked Perfectly for what I was wanting And it’s such a simple and cheap system to put it on as well there. Just covers up the house. Yeah simply So what is the cladding on this home? It’s actually a CL signboard. They actually use it for signs all the time I just wondered the black one just you could have in any colour though, but black just worked perfectly Paul I was wanting and it just came out like this you would never know it by looking at this house But it’s actually sitting on a trailer is it certainly it’s actually hidden behind these removable panels [so] I’ve got six tires old all around just evenly supported. They’d actually just support. It. Just like a normal trailer What’s the size of this home this this one is [13] and a half metres by three point one? So it can go just on the back of a truck and be loaded just like any old normal Cargo or container just Easily to be transported so that the trailer itself isn’t actually for transport on the road though. No, it’s not no It’s actually just built just to be moved around site It can go temporary on the road if you want to move it quickly But otherwise it just gets lightweight to go in the back of a truck and then just get transported on site, but yeah Just me be moved around on site very easily very cool entrance tips into the house as well Yeah, I always try and make two uses out of one an object So I’ve [just] got the stairs and we’ve got our dog and that’s his little kennel down there perfect. What a brilliant idea Well, I’m excited to see inside the let’s go What an impressive space? This space feels like a really good size doesn’t it it certainly does you couldn’t quite call a tiny home though could you? Definitely not [know]. It’s definitely a small home though, but it’s a perfect space for As I’d like to think it’s a starter home. It’s not cramped It’s all got usable spaces we’ve been in the near a year and it just feels just like a normal apartment So what was it that actually made you want to build this home? it was actually me wanting to start to build an affordable Starter home something that someone could actually buy before their major house just something I could living there would be warm dry Cheap to live in but also affordable affordable the biggest one yeah, so what made you actually want to put it on a trailer? Originally I wanted it to be an earthquake resistant house There actually moved independently of the ground rather than stuck to the ground and wheels were the perfect Solution for that because of course we’re here in Christchurch at the moment in recent years earthquakes have just completely plagued the city so that must have been Actually a really big part of your decision-making when it comes to constructing your own home [it] certainly did and we’ve actually been in here well, we had an earthquake a few months ago and So much, so that pass got my wife She was actually on the phone [at] the time When we [were] [moving] around and she [was] just just chatting away on the phone as if nothing was going on It was just so quiet And he didn’t [realize] didn’t realize how big it was and the style of this home is just really lovely as well It’s so Modern and Chic Yes, that’s the good thing [about] having a wife They certainly do the stylee things I just get told what to do and just do it so basically that none of this is mine This is all my wife’s when designing this home. You’ve actually incorporated a lot of [passivhaus] principles Have in here certainly have yeah like the first aspect of a passive home is super insulation And it’s designed in such a way and actually even put together in such a way [that] it becomes airtight and just by building it That is the first principle of a passive home and then you have a good recovery ventilation system, and that actually can actually reduce your bills by 90% if used properly [so] you’ve actually constructed this home using structurally insulated panels haven’t you certainly have yet? And this particular tip is actually using metal, so it’s a metal [palace] firing metal sip But there’s lots of [the] [din] types of sips as well They’re becoming more and more popular as everyone’s realizing just how good a construction material. They are So we’re in the kitchen right now, and there are some really lovely features in here. Yeah, now I particularly love the Bamboo benchtop We’ve got so that was the first thing we’ve also got a little air ventilation system that’s actually built into the wall so we can actually still [use] the storage space up above and On the gas hob here because we have got such a tight airtight System here that on. The gas cooker [I] just wanted to actually have a little bit more air coming into the house whenever we had the Cooker on just by adding a little switch on the window. So you know you’re never actually going to run out of any air On those brilliant one and clever feature, and you’ve got a really lovely living room space here as well Yeah, I think very much yeah, it’s still them that the french doors. We’ve got here They are still sort of ready for our deck We still need to build but that’s what they’re designed for and yes this place looks so much lighter and brighter With the Big Windows still by some standards a pretty small lounge But you haven’t compromised on the size of your television, heavy now We do like movies as you can kind of see we don’t watch television, but we do like a movie So we have a movie experience every single time. We’re here. Yes We do enjoy [that] and so down the other [end] of the home is the bedroom bathroom It certainly is can we have a look at that. Let’s go all right Well, this is a cute room. Yeah, the little bedroom this is actually designed for a single bed and the wardrobe but At the moment it says our office at once so forgive the mess and the paperwork a messy [disc] [is] a sign of an intelligent Person of course it that’s and they couldn’t get any messier than now they [like] so what does [that] see? But what a really cool space. This is and you can see this and this is a small room But it’s actually a perfect size [for] an office or for a child’s bedroom Isn’t it it certainly is yeah? It’s we’ve got two desks in here so we can actually work together on a on [our] separate projects, so it’s perfect It’s perfect for what we want it for as well And next to us is the bathroom it certainly is So actually a hallway as well as a bit of an unusual feature in a small home, isn’t it it’s a bit extravagant But [I] actually wanted these this type type of small space to still feel like a home And you always have the hallways at home so and I wanted this a good flow through all the different rooms as well so for me the hall was quite an important feature to actually make it feel and look like [a] normal [house] and Again this bathroom is a really wonderful space the large mirror makes it look a lot large and it really is Absolutely, but this is probably [that’s] the size you’d seen in an ensuite, but again It uses space so that you actually don’t feel cramped in here There’s plenty of room to get to everything and plus behind the door. We’ve got the wash machine and fridge Freezer For for everything you need and the master bedrooms through here at the end of the house. That’s right So normally don’t normally need that much room in a bedroom, but I just wanted a good usable space You can still change your clothes have a good [sized] bed plenty of storage and this is just the perfect space [for] it I think there’s a lot to be said for their day because if you have the space available to you Just giving yourself. Just a little bit of extra room around everything can actually make all the difference kind of just Just be enough to walk around the bed. It’s a little thing but So important when someone’s actually still in bed. You don’t have to wake up the other person Makes a lot of sense yeah one of the things that I really like about tiny homes is that it teaches us What’s necessary and what’s not? But I also think that when we move into sort of the more small homes Category we can sort of start taking the best of both worlds. We go, okay? Well This is what’s really necessary, and this is what tiny home design has taught us And that’s when we can add so many of those cool space-saving features and everything yes, but then when we move into small homes We get to go actually in a tiny home I’m really bugged by this and I can change it So [I] [think] in some ways these small home designs really have kind of the best of both [worlds] aren’t they Yeah, and again with just even the bed. We’ve got drawers underneath the bed and plus as well on the bed Except she literally got [the] whole of the bed [for] storage which it would just just just looks like a [normal] band. Oh absolutely brilliant This is [a] really impressive home And you’ve got a lot of additional features built into this like the structurally insulated panel construction as well as the semi passive design What did this home actually cost you to construct? With my labor involved [this] probably this particular one probably cost about a hundred thousand but very easily if you want to do the decorating and Maybe just leave the carpets a little bit you could probably reduce that down to a bit [seventy] [five] thousand Excellent so again that is a really affordable price point to come and for people as a first home as a [better] assessor Which is exactly what I wanted to do and although, it’s quite hard to get affordable housing materials in New Zealand By using these panels it actually does make it actually possible. Yeah, absolutely there are people like me who love tiny houses and Can really happily live in a tiny house? But then there’s a lot of people who can’t and I think a home like this is a really nice balance It’s it’s not excessive, but it still has enough space [to] be really comfortable for the vast majority of us right all right Easily I’ve lived in Caravans even large Caravans in Britain And they always felt small [and] pokey and cold Where I actually wanted this to be [just] like a small house, and this satisfies it exactly it might look small on it So it might look like a container on the outside, but inside It’s actually a lot rooming than you think and that’s how most people seem to be wanting to move towards now It’s downsizing and just not having this that massive footprint all senses have analogies All you have done a really wonderful job constructing your own here. Thank you so much for showing me. Thank you very much To me the idea of a home like this as a stud arm, or a stepping stone is Absolutely perfect. [I] think there are a lot [of] people that love the idea of tiny homes But perhaps think they couldn’t really actually practically live [in] the space and this here is the perfect solution for that I mean, it’s still small by regular home standards Incredibly economical on resources and makes great financial sense This is a fantastic solution you


eybi abelaida

Jun 6, 2019, 1:41 pm Reply

2019. And found this just now. 😁

Detra Payne

Jun 6, 2019, 5:56 pm Reply

This is basically an upgraded single wide mobile home.


Jun 6, 2019, 8:06 pm Reply

Just get rid of that puny “office” room. Expand the bathroom and the master bedroom with that extra space and it would be perfect.

Deepa P G

Jun 6, 2019, 4:20 pm Reply

Okay they have their fridge in their bathroom


Jun 6, 2019, 2:12 pm Reply

Artistically this home is amazing. So much thought and care has gone into not only the construction but as importantly, the décor. It works perfectly.

weasel peniz

Jun 6, 2019, 8:19 am Reply

I wonder whether there are furring strips beneath the ACL sheets, or did he glue directly to the SIP panels

Francisca Kamau

Jun 6, 2019, 12:21 pm Reply

This is quite impressive sleek

Timal Tiberghien

Jun 6, 2019, 11:30 pm Reply


Begum Sila

Jun 6, 2019, 5:09 pm Reply

It's almost everything I wanted

Chaz Evansdale

Jun 6, 2019, 5:33 am Reply

I'm definitely in the camp of taking tiny house design principles and applying them to a small home.
My current favorite design is more like a cabin size at 18'x18' (324sq feet or 5.5×5.5m 30msq) , but compared to a tiny house of the same size it feels much bigger.
I've also got a bigger family size design that's 26'x20' (520sqft, 8x6m 48msq). There's so much you can do with that space using tiny house design techniques!

Thursdays Child

Jun 6, 2019, 8:47 pm Reply

Looks like the monolith in “2001, a Space Odyssey.” Very cool with an ominous vibe 😈 That huge room is perfect for solar panels.


Jun 6, 2019, 8:54 pm Reply

The real house of Black & White 😁

Sharon Abraham

Jul 7, 2019, 10:22 pm Reply

I love this home, I can get one like this in an instance

Lorella Sguerri

Jul 7, 2019, 9:52 pm Reply

Molto bella!!!👏👏

Irene Meyer

Jul 7, 2019, 6:22 am Reply

A lot to be learned from this. Thank you so much for sharing this. X

Michael Ojour

Jul 7, 2019, 5:55 pm Reply

Why ask the questions you already know the answer to? It just defeats the purpose of a question, while not making a good look.

Steve Wightman

Jul 7, 2019, 5:19 am Reply

Bryce, I’m just wondering…this house is not off-grid, correct?

Snow Bird

Jul 7, 2019, 8:52 am Reply

Can he ship one to my property?


Jul 7, 2019, 9:09 pm Reply

Passive design with a black facade? Well…

Maria Moshogianni

Jul 7, 2019, 2:27 am Reply

Beautiful hone fantastic work it…god bless you🙏 cute dog too.

Victoria Kega

Jul 7, 2019, 6:41 pm Reply

That dark and bright go together perfectly .absolutely amazing

Danielle Andrade

Jul 7, 2019, 10:01 am Reply

“A messy desk is a sign of an intelligent person” love that quote

Joe Vayron Formoso

Jul 7, 2019, 1:06 pm Reply

Can you put a link to the cladding material where to get it? And what it is really called in the building construction industry?

Zargony Zafar

Jul 7, 2019, 12:34 pm Reply

Wonderful.. loved this one. They really did a wonderful job.

nafisa Mohammed

Jul 7, 2019, 3:00 am Reply

Fantastic house


Jul 7, 2019, 4:24 am Reply

Bryce…your hairstyle looks great👍


Jul 7, 2019, 4:44 am Reply

The SIP panels as I understand them are pre-made, standardized, super insulated wall building blocks (e.g., 4' by 4', etc.). I found someone making them form Aircrete which is what I would really want instead of polystyrene filled. I read where someone was building a kit with SIPs using Aircrete blocks for both rectangular and Geodesic Dome homes and was starting a business to sell the kits. I hope they get it done! I'll bet you could use Aircrete on a trailer (for a mobile tiny-home) since it is so light (and fireproof, bug proof, waterproof, and almost idiot proof). The last one is the one I need … Idiot proof.  <grin>

Mark Passe

Jul 7, 2019, 10:57 am Reply

WOW, absolutely stunning. I could definitely live in a house like this.

Lisa Paulk

Jul 7, 2019, 7:11 am Reply

OMG I need this in my life. Beautiful

earther _______

Aug 8, 2019, 4:24 pm Reply

It looks like what we call in the US a manufactured or mobile home inside, just a long corridor effect – and nothing innovative about the way the space was used. And outside, just a black rectangle box, the neighbors must 'love' it.


Aug 8, 2019, 8:32 pm Reply

Incredible… Very spacious.. Tremendous


Aug 8, 2019, 2:19 am Reply

How come no one ever talks about how sexy the tiny house dude is?


Aug 8, 2019, 3:21 am Reply

I've watched all the new episodes so I love when your old ones pop up on my time line.

Your videos are great, you ask questions, listen and even find out cost for us.
I appreciate your channel ♥️

Hopefully I can be on it one day when we build us a new lifestyle

John Guthrie

Aug 8, 2019, 12:34 am Reply

Amazing ! I could easily live in this, very affordable

Nobukhosi Ncube

Aug 8, 2019, 1:34 am Reply

this is the best,, l love black also


Aug 8, 2019, 5:36 pm Reply

Very modern, minimalist and energy efficient. Love love ❤️.

Zach Dancy

Aug 8, 2019, 2:54 pm Reply

I would like to know where to get the materials used on this house in the US. It seems we could save 7 to 10 thousand from NZ price. Either way, i would like to knoe more about materials.


Aug 8, 2019, 8:41 am Reply

I love love love..how can I have something like this in Uk ?I have no land ,just tired of renting over 9 years😞

Clare Pearson

Aug 8, 2019, 6:02 pm Reply

It is like a posh mobile home. Very nice though.

Soumya Gupta

Aug 8, 2019, 1:56 pm Reply


Shalini Saini

Aug 8, 2019, 5:48 pm Reply

😍😍😍😍fall in love this house

Aika Papa

Aug 8, 2019, 5:08 am Reply

Beautiful but that black wall in the master bedroom was not nice. It makes it look smaller.

kehinde isaac

Aug 8, 2019, 8:17 pm Reply

That word hit me…"tiny homes helps teach you what necessary and what's not"👍👏👏

I Am Redeemed

Aug 8, 2019, 9:50 pm Reply

That's awesome. How do you find builders in Australia?


Aug 8, 2019, 5:33 pm Reply


Jools99 Caithness1

Aug 8, 2019, 1:26 pm Reply

Lovely design- practical living spaces


Aug 8, 2019, 2:13 pm Reply

This design is beautiful, of course we all have our own tastes so of course there is a few things I would change but I like that a lot. Mine would be made of wood not metal/a trailer, with a nice big deck wrapping around the front door side and the sliding door side. I'm not too into tiny houses on trailers but they seem way more common than on foundation. I just want mine to be planted somewhere for a solid 20 years or however long whenever I finally go about it. Also I'd probably have to follow building regulations and stuff for wherever I found the perfect piece of land, make some high ceilings if it isn't too complicated or expensive.

Anna Lanciano

Aug 8, 2019, 6:39 am Reply


Amanda Collins

Aug 8, 2019, 6:24 pm Reply

What’s the comparison to a trailer and this specific home?


Aug 8, 2019, 9:46 pm Reply

Perfect retirement home as well as starter home! Love this – an ideal compromise for those who the tiny home is just a bit too small. Love the kennel under the entryway stairs as well, that was too cute!

Tax Lady

Sep 9, 2019, 6:18 pm Reply

I love the credit he gives his wife! Nice to see.

RI Menong

Sep 9, 2019, 7:48 am Reply

Quite expensive in South African rands. You can get a big apartment or small house for that price.

Char Holly

Sep 9, 2019, 6:09 pm Reply

To me these type of tiny homes are just static caravans if u know them . Like my caravan is the same style as this like it's just a caravan

I Am Redeemed

Sep 9, 2019, 5:36 am Reply

I wonder how much it cost to get it moved each time?

Repakumla Ozukum

Sep 9, 2019, 6:51 am Reply

This is such a beautiful tiny home. Woww… incredible. .. ♡♡


Sep 9, 2019, 1:59 pm Reply

No need to click any further this is the ultimate tiny home, simple, elegant and efficient.

Sally Smith

Sep 9, 2019, 4:32 am Reply

I want Tiny, homes to become New Zealands. Way of life.

Nur Zacqueline Tangling Threads by Nurzac

Sep 9, 2019, 6:45 am Reply

I love this one.

Luciano Colella

Sep 9, 2019, 1:45 pm Reply

to me this one is still the best. It would be "nicer" with solar panels on the roof, but I would move in a place like that right away. Still, to live in a place like that, you need to be in a pretty safe area to do not get bothered or worst by some bad people. Anyway, amazing result.

Miss WildLife

Sep 9, 2019, 6:50 pm Reply

Love it!!!!!

Bri Arias

Sep 9, 2019, 4:12 am Reply

This is beautiful to me.

Foxiepaws ACAnderson

Sep 9, 2019, 2:06 pm Reply

This one is super cool. I would love to find out more about what he used because it seems to tick all the boxes. I think it's amazing.


Sep 9, 2019, 3:16 pm Reply

Is this house safe to live in? I’d be worried about the insulation incase of a fire, not so much about earthquakes.


Sep 9, 2019, 5:48 pm Reply

The shower is a cave. Too dark. We have an outdoor shower that is wide open to the elements and to the ocean.


Sep 9, 2019, 7:34 am Reply

Not a lot of storage though

Kawaii Pets

Sep 9, 2019, 7:38 pm Reply

Your wife has an amazing taste in design!!! I love how Modern this tiny house is <3


Sep 9, 2019, 6:20 pm Reply

My favourite so far. Great job

Krish Chandrahasan

Sep 9, 2019, 1:32 pm Reply

The perks of living in a beautiful, crime-free society like New Zealand is that you can make these amazing steel and glass structures without having to worry about break-ins and vandalism. And practically every inch is scenic so the location won't matter!

Another amazing aspect of the people who create and own these beautiful structures is the amount of positivity oozing from them.


Sep 9, 2019, 1:36 am Reply

It's just a trailer.

Supreme Legion Jr

Sep 9, 2019, 6:40 am Reply

I am more concerned on all waters, tornados, wildfires, hailstorm, a retarded riot, zombies, illuminates, feminists, conservatives, ww3, homeless, kkk, isis, Jehovah's witnesses, etc.. 😒

Supreme Legion Jr

Sep 9, 2019, 6:43 am Reply

Wtf that guy doesn't blink his EYES 🤨

Fauzi Machamili

Sep 9, 2019, 8:50 pm Reply

I can't reading your kaligrafi 🤣 Ba Ha Ta Ya Hambyah, But VIL i don't have idea 😀

bat’s rd

Sep 9, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

good de france


Sep 9, 2019, 2:57 am Reply


Tammy Vance

Sep 9, 2019, 6:56 am Reply

Stunning modern style! Love the dog house under the porch! Love the doggie too! Love the black chic siding on the outside! It’s like a really chic trailer house. Really liked this one.

BaiAnNa2014 Twitter

Sep 9, 2019, 11:19 am Reply

Very nice. I Really Love the bathroom! Plumbing is really best, cleanest. The walls seem a bit drab. Maybe some wallpaper for trimming the top and bottom would help. In fact, wallpaper would be good throughout. I see he doesn't like to put much on the walls. More reason the wallpaper would be nice.

weatherwax 8

Sep 9, 2019, 4:10 pm Reply

This is one of the absolute best designs I've ever seen… very ,very nice. My sister and her husband visited Christschurch before the big earthquake and loved this beautiful city. So glad this lovely home had the earthquake advantage as well!

Nick Mougros

Sep 9, 2019, 12:36 am Reply

If Darth Vader lived in a tiny home

Anthony Kist

Sep 9, 2019, 6:53 am Reply

"messy desk is a sign of an intelligent person" ahahahah what a load of bullocks


Oct 10, 2019, 9:21 am Reply

My favorite one!

A C P Lucido

Oct 10, 2019, 12:54 pm Reply

What a beautiful office space. The hallway is very nice

Poppy Nasserali

Oct 10, 2019, 3:00 pm Reply

I love it

Green Bubble H2O

Oct 10, 2019, 2:45 pm Reply

Most of the comments talk about the exterior cladding as they say it was an ACP but I think I heard ACL. Are these two names the same?

Simon Watts

Oct 10, 2019, 9:46 am Reply


Czarina Vella

Oct 10, 2019, 4:45 am Reply

What is the home built with? Is it a container?

Sheila Cassidy

Oct 10, 2019, 11:23 am Reply

Magnificent home Paul !

Jodi-Ann Williams

Nov 11, 2019, 11:34 pm Reply

This is probably my fave tiny house. No left and actual rooms. So beautifully designed. I love this.

Jodi-Ann Williams

Nov 11, 2019, 11:35 pm Reply

This is probably my fave tiny house. No loft and actual rooms. So beautifully designed. I love this.

Sabrina Tenney

Nov 11, 2019, 3:37 pm Reply

Beeeeeutiful! Sweet!

vesa vartiainen

Nov 11, 2019, 7:42 pm Reply

This is a house for my taste!

Tabatha OConnor

Nov 11, 2019, 9:11 pm Reply

Is there a place to get this floor plan from Paul. I would like to only have one bedroom and make the bathroom and bedroom bigger. No hallway but pocket doors instead. I love the basic floor plan.

Cat Kho

Dec 12, 2019, 2:32 pm Reply

I've been catching up on all your videos and by far, this is my favorite!!!

Maurice Coley

Dec 12, 2019, 6:59 am Reply

Very nice. I have been entertaining a Tiny Home as well

Eva H

Dec 12, 2019, 11:12 am Reply

10ft wide is much, much better. Man, this is a comfortable home✔

Mark Brunelle

Dec 12, 2019, 2:58 am Reply

Oh My, my, my I’m impressed totally U absolutely did a great job!!! I’m sold tks so much!!!

sanders herring

Dec 12, 2019, 4:10 pm Reply

Whats the price? Never do you guys list the prices? WHY?

Constantine Ding

Dec 12, 2019, 9:02 am Reply

I've almost watched all the videos in this channel and this house is still my favourite by far. I'm willing to live a small place but crawling onto a loft every night really isn't my way of living…

P La

Dec 12, 2019, 1:00 am Reply

I really Like the size of this small home 😊


Dec 12, 2019, 7:47 am Reply

This place is breath taking and it is a reasonable price. I would love to build a house like this.

Lit’ AHSr.

Jan 1, 2020, 10:31 pm Reply

😮 my god now this is totally beautiful this is the best one yet 🥇

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