We’re Different Because
At Fred’s Tiny Houses we:
- Make the strongest and safest tiny houses
- Build our own trailers as well as tiny houses
- Support DIY Tiny House Builders
- Advcoate for change
- Specialise in off-grid tiny house designs
- Have been nominated for an international sustainability award
- Pride ourselves on ethical business practices
- Support other tiny house businesses
Make the strongest and safest tiny houses
Using our unique Unified Construction Method® we lock the tiny house down onto the trailer so that it is strong and safe to transport. We know that tiny houses on wheels are not buildings, they are vehicles, so we build them to withstand high winds and vibrations during transport.
Some builders will build a tiny house on wheels to Australian Construction Code, which is great for houses on foundations, but dangerously inadequate for tiny houses on wheels. We have developed an innovative method of going way above Code to make our tiny houses on wheels strong and safe vehicles to transport, so you can be confident in the safety of towing your tiny house – even if it’s only going to be moved once.
Learn our unique method by attending a series of tiny house building workshops.
Build our own trailers as well as tiny houses
While other tiny house builders order their trailers from external manufactures, we
pride ourselves on manufacturing our tiny houses from the ground, up. We conceive of the tiny house and trailer as one unified whole so that the trailer and tiny house are deeply integrated, making for great designs that fit together seamlessly and are strong, safe and unique.
Support DIY Tiny House Builders
Fred started out his tiny house journey as a DIY builder and he is keen to share all he knows with other DIY tiny house builders. When Fred started designing his tiny house on wheels, no-one knew everything he needed to know. He had to bend the ear of builders, metal fabricators, electricians, VASS engineers, plumbers (the list goes on) to try to figure out all the problems he had to solve.
He figured out how to create a tiny house on wheels that was:
- light weight
- safe to tow
- fossil-fuel free
- solar passive design
- easy to live in full time
- space for a family
- low toxicity materials and
Fred has become a leading expert in tiny houses on wheels and teaches everything he knows in workshops to DIY builders all around Australia.
Council Regulations pertaining to tiny house living vary from local council to local council. Fred spends a chunk of his time every year advocating local government and advising them on how they can change their local laws to become more friendly towards tiny houses on wheels.
Fred is a member of the Municipal Association of Victoria Tiny House Working group and is frequently interviewed on television, radio and in print media articles as an advocate for tiny house living in Australia.
Watch a video on an example of Fred’s advocacy work with Casey council in Victoria here.
See our Council Regulation Database where we invite members of our community to upload their research findings into a national database so that you can see at a glance how different local government bodies are responding to tiny houses on wheels.
Specialise in off-grid tiny house designs
We build the off-grid capacity right into your tiny house design. While other tiny
house builders will build an on-grid tiny house on wheels and tell you to install your own solar panels, we specialise in integrating the off-grid equipment into your design.
- Solar panels add height to your tiny house design so we factor that in. That way you won’t accidentally make your house too tall to be road worthy if you install solar panels on after purchase. Solar panels also operate efficiently if they face the sun directly so we can pitch your roof to collect the most energy. Cool, hu?
- Batteries are heavy and can change the way your tiny house on wheels tows if placed in the wrong spot. We build in a large storage capacity under the floor of your tiny house to sit between the trailer axles. This means that the batteries can be stored out of sight and become weight-neutral in how the tiny house tows.
See examples of how these off-grid components can be built into your design in this 17 minute documentary on Fred’s original tiny house build.
Won an international sustainability award for business
Fred’s Tiny Houses won first prize in the 2019 Fourish Prize, in the category for United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. We were selected from one of the 809 nominees from over 80 countries around the world.
By winning in the category of Sustainable Cities and Communities, the prize recognises Fred’s Tiny Houses as being the best example of how a business can help to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Read more about the award here.
Pride ourselves on ethical business practices
Here at Fred’s Tiny Houses we make decisions based on ethics, not just what makes money. That means we:
- Have ethical employment practices and pay above award to our employees and prioritise our sub contractors.
- Use Australian sourced materials wherever possible.
- Use low toxicity materials wherever possible.
- Provide clear, fully informed contractual engagements with our clients.
- Engage the goods and services of other small businesses wherever possible.
- And many other micro decisions every day that chose quality, humanity and the environment over profit.
Support other tiny house businesses
We provide other businesses with key tiny house products and licenses so that they can make safe, strong tiny houses too. To hear from one of our business partners, click here.