It's a very big tiny house.
Hauslein Tiny House Co launched itself onto the sustainable housing market with a well-attended launch at Cassegrain Winery on Saturday, September 15.
Business partners Scott and Sarah Rohdich, Sam Verlaan and David Boyd are confident their business, which came into being in April this year, will capture a market looking for quality, affordable housing.
About 200 people attended the launch.
The first thing you notice about the home is that quality has not been compromised. The house includes luxury features such as dishwasher, air conditioning and full size appliances, with plenty of space saving features. Sustainability is ensured with full off grid options.
The partners will attend the Sydney Home Show this year, Sarah said.
"We were inspired by the tiny house movement in the US when many people had to downgrade during the financial crisis," she said.
"A number of tiny house businesses popped up all over the place.
"As a young couple, we were wanting to take the next step of owning our own home but realised that it was probably just out of our reach.
"So we are using our experience of living in a tiny house on my parents' farm as a stepping stone into the housing market.
We also realised that we could do life pretty simply and spend more time on the things we wanted too.Sarah Rohdich
"We also realised that we could do life pretty simply and spend more time on the things we wanted too," she said.
The partners have taken their US experiences to create, what they say, is a unique tiny house option.
"We have included a pull out which extends the lounge room area and we think it makes a huge difference," she added.
The tiny house is 2.5 metres wide and is fully registered as a caravan for towing.
It can be hooked up to electricity and water utilities but has the option of off-grid.
"All the inclusions are at the high end of quality and we believe this just helps people feel like they are not downgrading or losing out.
"We wanted people to feel comfortable.
"There is genuine surprise on peoples' faces when they look through the home," she said.
Sarah said there are numerous applications for the tiny house, including a young couple looking to relocate, a teenage retreat or somewhere for older people to live.
Coupled with the creature features, Sarah said their tiny houses were focused on sustainability. There are numerous features available.
"We don't want to leave a huge footprint and the tiny house product supports that growing movement toward sustainable living," she said.
"We think this is a really inspiring space."
The tiny house is on display at Cassegrain Winery for the next two weeks.