Singapore company Big Tiny is on a mission to help nomadic travelers connect with nature.
Inspired by a stay on an Australian farm, three Singaporean entrepreneurs Adrian Chia, Dave Ng, and Jeff Yeo decided to start Big Tiny–a company pioneering the integration of the “tiny house” movement with eco-tourism.
Chia, with his real estate background, leads the design and execution while Ng designs modular building structures to reduce waste. Yeo, who is experienced in creative marketing, contributes to Big Tiny’s branding.
The idea for Big Tiny came to Chia, 37, two years ago while he was in Great Ocean Road, a scenic coastal region in Australia.
He said, “When I opened my [farmhouse] door, there was greenery. It was a chance for me to recharge after a hectic Singapore life. We want to bring [this concept] to Singapore and the rest of the world.”
For the uninitiated, the “tiny house” social movement involves people who consciously downsize the space they live in for environmental concerns, financial reasons, or simply the desire for more freedom.
Riding on the wave of this movement, Big Tiny allows people to purchase an eco-friendly “tiny house” on wheels and rent it out to tourists in scenic locales.
The company partners with local landowners such as farmers or vineyard owners, who also play the role of hosts and benefit from the additional income in rent.
To help guests settle in, the landowners will also meet guests when they arrive and give them an orientation of the area and activities available.
So far, two groups of landowners are expected to be renting out their houses in New South Wales and Victoria by the end of this month.
Two more houses will be ready in Brisbane and New Zealand by the middle and end of the year respectively.
The houses (from 17 square meters) cost US$105,824 each and can be shared by up to eight buyers. They can also be rented out overseas on AirBnb and Booking.com for between US$113 to US$188 per night.
Minimally furnished and cozy, each home comes with heating facilities, air-conditioning, a backup generator, fully-equipped kitchen, shower, television, and a sofa bed.
Built upon the idea of sustainability, the house also features solar panels, a composting toilet, and a rainwater collection system.
Apart from targeting travelers seeking respite from city life, Big Tiny also hopes that their “tiny houses” will attract young couples with children and inter-state tourists.
Although Australia is their target market now, the company reveals that it hopes to eventually park Big Tiny homes in Singapore, at spots like East Coast Park and Marina Barrage.
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