OffTheGrid

This Off-The-Grid Rural Home Might Be Small, But It Has All The Views

This Off-The-Grid Rural Home Might Be Small, But It Has All The Views

Ben Callery Architects has designed the ‘Elemental House’, a small home located an hour north of Melbourne, Australia, that lies on 100 acres of recently sub-divided farmland with panoramic views over rolling hills.

The brief from the clients, a retired couple, was for a self-sufficient rural retreat with a minimal environmental footprint.

A modern and small house designed as a self-sufficient rural retreat with a minimal environmental footprint.

The house has been designed to be off-grid, producing its own electricity and water on-site, as well as treating its waste on-site.

The entire exterior of this small home is clad in Spotted Gum timber, an Australian native hardwood that's so durable that it meets the bushfire rating non-combustibility requirements.

The entire exterior of the home is clad in Spotted Gum timber, an Australian native hardwood that’s so durable that it meets the bushfire rating non-combustibility requirements.

The entire exterior of this small home is clad in Spotted Gum timber, an Australian native hardwood that's so durable that it meets the bushfire rating non-combustibility requirements.

The floor plan of the home is compact and modest, with a single bedroom and bathroom. The living space, with its wood ceiling and large windows, is open plan with a dining area and kitchen, while the living room includes a black accent wall with a fireplace and a window bench.

The living space of this small house, has a wood ceiling and large windows, and is open plan with a dining area and kitchen, while the living room includes black accent wall with a fireplace, and a window bench.
A black accent wall is the backdrop of a fireplace and floating wood shelves.
A living room with a built-in window bench.

In the bedroom, a large picture window with a black frame perfectly showcases the rural landscape.

In this modern bedroom, a large picture window with a black frame perfectly showcases the rural landscape.
Photography: Jack Lovel and Dave Kulesza |Architecture firm: Ben Callery Architects – Team: Ben Callery and Tim Shallue | Builder: Keenan Built

This Modern Tiny House Acts As A Mobile Off-The-Grid Cabin

This Modern Tiny House Acts As A Mobile Off-The-Grid Cabin

Photography by Rachel Jayne Mackay

Design and build studio Fresh Prince, has completed a modern tiny house that acts as an off-the-grid cabin.

The cabin, clad in Weathertex (a carbon neutral product of compressed sawdust and wax panels), measures in at just 150 square feet (14 sqm), is prefabricated, and portable.

Sydney-based design and build studio Fresh Prince, has completed a modern tiny house that acts as an off-the-grid cabin. #TinyHouse #TinyHome #TinyCabin #Architecture
Photography by Rachel Jayne Mackay

Black-framed glass french doors can be opened to help make the interior feel larger. Just inside the doors is a small corner dedicated to a round table and a pair of stools.


The black-framed glass french doors of this tiny house can be opened to help make the interior feel larger. Just inside the doors is a small corner dedicated to a round table and a pair of stools. #TinyHouse #TinyHome #TinyCabin #Doors
Photography by Rachel Jayne Mackay

At one end of the cabin is the open bedroom, that has two large windows, providing natural light and views of the trees outside. Storage has been added underneath the bed, and also acts as a bench to sit on.


At one end of this modern tiny cabin is the open bedroom, that has two large windows, providing natural light and views of the trees outside. Storage has been added underneath the bed, and also acts as a bench to sit on. #TinyCabin #TinyHouse #TinyHome #Bedroom #Windows
Photography by Rachel Jayne Mackay

The cabin has a cathedral ceiling adding to the sense of openness, while the dark kitchen cabinets and shelving are located around a long horizontal window.


This modern tiny cabin has a cathedral ceiling adding to the sense of openness, while the dark kitchen cabinets and shelving are located around a long horizontal window. #TinyHouse #TinyHome #TinyCabin #BlackKitchen
Photography by Rachel Jayne Mackay

A sliding door opens to reveal the bathroom, where there’s a composting toilet, vanity area, and a shower.


A sliding door in this tiny house opens to reveal the bathroom, where there's a composting toilet, vanity area, and a shower. #TinyHouse #TinyHome #Bathroom
Photography by Rachel Jayne Mackay

The concrete basin and copper faucet adds an industrial look to the bathroom, while louvre windows in the shower help the air circulate.


This tiny house has a bathroom that features a concrete basin and copper faucet adds an industrial modern look to the bathroom, while louvre windows in the shower help the air circulate. #TinyHouse #Tinyhome #Bathroom #ConcreteVanity #LouverWindows
Photography by Rachel Jayne Mackay

Get the contemporist daily email newsletter – sign up here

This Off-The-Grid Tiny House Made From A Small Shipping Container Is Filled With A Wood Interior

This Off-The-Grid Tiny House Made From A Small Shipping Container Is Filled With A Wood Interior

Design studio Pin-Up Houses has designed a tiny house that measures in at just 20ft x 8ft and is made from a small shipping container.

Taking 3 months to construct, the home named ‘Gaia’ is an experimental self-sufficient housing project that has no need to rely on external sources of energy or water since this house has been designed to harness solar and wind energy.

An off-grid tiny home made from a small shipping container that includes a fold out bed, solar panels, a small kitchen, and bathroom.

The tiny home is equipped with solar panels, as well as a wind turbine, ensuring that the batteries can be charged at all times of the day and year-round. There’s also equipment to retain rainwater, which is then filtered and distributed through to the bathroom and kitchen.

A tiny house made from a small shipping container, that's also completely off-grid.

The container roof is covered with a galvanized corrugated metal sheet that extends out beyond the structure to increase the rainwater catchment.

A tiny house made from a small shipping container, that's also completely off-grid and has a plywood interior.

Inside, there’s Spruce plywood that lines the interior of the home and includes plenty of storage cabinets, as well as a fireplace, a convertible sofa-bed, compact stools, and tables.

A tiny home made from a shipping container has plenty of storage cabinets and a fireplace.
A tiny home made from a shipping container has a fold-down bed, plenty of storage cabinets, and a fireplace.
A tiny home made from a shipping container has a fold-down bed, plenty of storage cabinets, and a fireplace.

Also included in the design are a kitchen and a bathroom with a shower and basic vanity.

A plywood kitchen inside a tiny home made from a small shipping container.
A tiny home with plenty of plywood cabinetry.
A tiny home made from a shipping container has a plywood lined bathroom with a shower.

Here’s a look at the layout of the container home.

A small off-grid container home.

To find out more, you can watch the following video.

Photographer: Jakub Zdechovan | Design: Pin-Up Houses | Team: Joshua Woodsman (Vojt?ch Valda)- main architect and worker, Václav Valda- carpenter