Projects

A primary goal of Tiny Homes Foundation's is to develop a model that may be scaled and adapted by Government, private or not-for-profit organisations. 

As we journey through the stages of each tiny home project we will detail our experience. Some of the obstacles that will be discussed include: navigating the planning codes; legislative requirements; insurance covers; fostering pro-bono relationships; partner agency agreements; off-grid vs grid builds; construction pitfalls; project management plans; and that's all ... before a tiny house can become a tiny home!

We can testify, that there is genuine enthusiasm around Australia for using tiny homes as a genuine solution to homelessness. Many are keen to see similar projects evolve to help the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in their community. Our discussions with partner agencies whose expertise is in property management and human services will progress throughout the build process. As a team, we will profile each project, consult with the local community and, at the earliest opportunity, involve a resident in the building of their own tiny home. Once they have moved in, continuing support will be provided via a partner agency to enable the best possible outcome for each tiny-homer.

25 Racecourse Road, Gosford – Pilot Tiny Home Boarding House


The story so far ...

19/05/15

Concept presentation to Gosford City Council

 

Land options were reviewed with consideration of: zoning; access; location to services; and character of the area.

22/09/15

Gosford City Council Councillors unanimously approved a two year lease for two properties: 25 Racecourse Road, Gosford and 50 Neera Road, Umina Beach

 

Tiny home design, architectural plans, site concept plan, landscape plan were developed by NBRS Architecture

28/01/16

25 Racecourse Road, Gosford surveyed by Chase Burke and Harvey.

24/02/16

DA for 25 Racecourse Road lodged with Gosford City Council

11/05/16

DA approved for Australia’s first urban tiny home project for the homeless

27/05/16

Hunter TAFE develop a Tiny Home Build Course

01/07/16

WFTD (Work for the Dole) program #1 start date at The Skills Generator workshop West Gosford

06/09/16

TAFE Outreach Tiny Home Build Course start date

06/10/16

Section 96 submitted for site plan revision to avoid building over the sewer main, tree removal and tiny home roof/dimension revision.

04/11/16

Section 96 approved

09/01/17

Construction Certificate received

06/02/17

Onsite works and WFTD program #2 begin

27/03/17

Water, sewer and electrical connections and footings complete

24/04/17

Sub floor, frames and roofs complete

The The Skills Generator's Work-for-the-dole program constructing our tiny homes will be completed by mid-year.

It is hoped homes will have residents in July.

CLICK HERE TO ... SEE how our tiny homes look with roofs, WATCH a time lapse of frames being erected for our common rooms and LISTEN to Nick from The Skills Generator update Scott Levi (ABC Central Coast) on our progress.

How to initiate a similar project?

From our experience to date, a project can be separated into five stages. They are:
STAGE 1 • Pre-Planning
STAGE 2 • Planning and Development (3 – 6 months)
STAGE 3 • Pre-Construction (1 – 3 months)
STAGE 4 • Construction Off/On-Site (6 – 9 months)
STAGE 5 • Tenancy/Property Management

Click to launch our Replicator Program guide  – its focus is STAGE 1 • Pre-planning – Council endorsement, land and funding. 

If you would like to establish a similar project to our pilot in Gosford, complete as much of the Replicator Program guide as you can and email it to info@tinyhomesfoundation.org.au. We'll then be able to consider how we might collaborate in order to progress your project and importantly support your endeavours to solve homelessness.