A Tiny Retreat from Australia by James Galletly

This tiny retreat on wheels was recently completed by Australian builder, James Galletly, also known as the Upcyclist. Galletly teamed up with Bower Reuse and Repair Centre to design and build a tiny getaway that’s made with 95% recycled materials. The one-bedroom structure has been dubbed “The Tiny”.


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The Tiny was created by Galletly in an attempt to bring the Tiny House Movement to Sydney. Australia is very much guilty of the “bigger is better” ethos when it comes to their houses; they have one of the largest average square footage.


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Originally Galletly and co intended to create a tiny house, but given that they had 6-by-8 foot trailer on which to build it, they decided to go with a tiny retreat instead. The structure is built with mostly salvaged materials that help to give it a sense character. The exterior is finished in a mix of reclaimed zinc alum, corrugated iron, hardwood fence posts, and cedar weatherboards.


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On the inside the walls are lined with richly colored plywood sheeting, and a number flooring board samples. The retreat is watertight and the walls are insulated with earth wool, and polyester batts. A reflective foil lined with air-cell was used to insulate the ceiling. The interior features a single bed that doubles as a seating area. There’s a foldaway desk and shelves made from kitchen cabinet doors. Solar energy is used to power an LED lighting system.

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From Galletly: “The idea is to have a go at building with recycled materials. To see just how much salvaged stuff we can use, what’s commonly available, and what little quirks come up due to using second-hand stuff.” The tiny retreat is currently on sale, and a portion of the funds will go to Galletly’s start-up tiny house company.

For more tiny houses check out this World War 2 bunker that’s been converted into a holiday home. Or, this small home called Mondang House from Anlstudio. See all tiny houses.

Via Inhabitat
Photos: James Galletly, Alicia Fox

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

1 Comment
  1. Nice job and very comfy in appearance. If a person is in the right climate, this would be perfect for sleeping, eating and reading. With a canvas awning or something similar, you could have your kitchen are and really wouldn’t need much more. Well, maybe a portapottie.. How little money did you spend to make it?