Singapore start-up launches tiny homes

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Majority of the Singaporeans believed that shoebox units are really small but a new variety of micro home came into a surface that captures a greater part of Asia,  more visible in places like Japan and China and this is the so-called, “capsule homes.” This is smaller than the shoebox apartments.  It only measures as small as six ft tall, seven ft long and with a width of four ft.  Some of this can be seen around the outskirts of Beijing, the China’s capital.

In relation with shoebox apartment, the local start-up with a trade name Big Tiny coined an idea of innovation on small homes via wheels, wherein it aims to install and distribute it all throughout rural areas match with mesmerizing panoramic greenery.

Almost the size of a cargo container and a length of  4.8, 6.0 to 7.2 metres, these units can accommodate a maximum of four persons.

But these houses are still available in other countries but not yet visible in Singapore. These will be initially launched in Australia, in proximity to the Mornington Peninsula and Blue Mountains. Recently, the startup has created two units in Australia and it will be increased to 50 units hopefully by the end of 2018. This innovation has the plan of expanding to the other side, which is New Zealand.

Adrian Chia, the founder of the Big Tiny together with close friends Dave Ng and Jeff Yeo said, ” Tiny house is one of the projects of International movement which assisted people to de-escalate their houses to decipher lifestyle and decrease resource consumption.”

These houses will be under the Airbnb by this coming month February with a rent which ranges from a maximum of $250 and a minimum of $150, under the system of profit sharing together with the farmers and landowners.

Made out of the recycled materials and metal, every home is provided with a bed,  small kitchen and a common area.  It is also equipped with air-conditioning and heater.   Not only that this home is sealed with a digital lock for safety, but also it provided with rainwater collection scheme and solar panels. The waste collected from the toilet is converted to compost energy.

Every unit cost more or less $80,000  to make and can stand in any form of weather and survive even for 20 years.