Local startup Big Tiny wants us to experience living off-grid in small minimalist houses in the great outdoors

Photo: Big Tiny / Facebook
Photo: Big Tiny / Facebook

By now, you’ve already seen — and probably pinned on your Pinterest mood boards — the likes of modern minimalist homes by Muji and more in the global tiny house movement. Of course, we love looking at them because we’re all so used to cramped HDB flats anyway (badum tush!).

Dreams of living large in compact abodes have (kinda) reached our shores in the form of Big Tiny, a homegrown startup that invites Singaporeans to experience staying in small, shipping container-sized homes in the great outdoors… of Australia. As the first company here to promote eco-tourism via tiny houses, Big Tiny wants us urban dwellers to have the chance of experiencing an off-the-grid escape from our digital, bougie lifestyles.

Sadly, these houses won’t be available in Singapore for obvious land-starved reasons. Instead, the beautifully furnished houses — ranging from approximately 15 to 17 sqm — on wheels will be installed in the rural outskirts of Australia for now. With amenities powered by electricity harvested from solar panels, composting toilets and a rainwater collection system, the eco-friendly units will be listed on Airbnb and Booking.com at a price range of S$150 to S$250 per night. Profits will be shared with the landowners, according to Big Tiny.

The lofty aim is to have Singaporeans take part in the international trend of minimalism, where materialistic clutter and home sizes can be reduced without sacrificing quality of life in an attempt to cut down our ecological footprints. More details on the Big Tiny website.


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