Inspiration can be found in a wide variety of situations. This American example started in one of the smallest places a 33 sq ft dumpster. It is now one of the better examples of Tiny House design around.
This is a new development in WA but apparently is happening in QLD & elsewhere. The price of land is still relatively expensive but if planned well can help first home buyers who prefer lower maintenance with nearby facilities like parks etc.
Another example which actually has a lot of corporate support behind it of alternative living options.
Great to see this happening although currently awaiting the outcome of an appeal in the VCAT.
This TEDx talk was recorded last March in Brisbane. Lara Nobel along with her partner Andrew Carter are the founders of the Tiny House Company & here she explains why they went along this path. They both come from an architectural background. Lara actually quit her architecture career to do a carpentry apprenticeship which she also completed last year with a Queensland Apprentice of the Year award. They have also had a legal victory with Brisbane City Council over the definition of their Tiny House which occurred in early November just after their daughter Charlie was born. The video is 10 minutes long.
I have read other articles on the experience of people overseas with this option some also have a combined living/ workspace! Back when I was a uni student living in one of the colleges on campus 30+ years ago it was a lot more affordable.
http://www.treehugger.com/tiny-houses/tiny-flat-packed-grid-homes-aim-be-bridge-between-renting-and-owning.html A paradigm shift in affordable housing through easy to assemble flat pack prefabricated homes. They are based in Sydney & will be at the Sydney Architecture Festival in Chippendale over the October long weekend.