This Sustainable Tiny With a Versatile Layout Is The First Step to Freedom

The Maxx is a gorgeous two-level tiny built for sustainability 13 photos
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There’s no need to choose between awesome interior design and self-sufficient capabilities – this clever house on wheels designed and built in New Zealand has it all. A truly versatile layout reveals one bedroom on each level for maximum convenience while meeting all the criteria for road-legal mobile homes and long-term accommodation.
One of the most amazing things about the tiny living movement worldwide is that most builders are small, family-owned and operated businesses created by passionate people. That’s why almost every tiny house that comes to life is a work of love, and it shows. These are much more than dwellings; they symbolize a new lifestyle and embody a life philosophy that cherishes the environment just as much as individual independence.

New Zealand is one of those places that seem ideally suited for the concept of mobile living, mostly due to the stunning, although sometimes challenging, natural environment and remote areas where off-grid living fits folks like a glove. Kiwi builders are experts when it comes to homes on wheels that are not just perfectly mobile and reliable but also fully self-contained for absolute freedom. Add to that those smart layouts that make the most of what’s available while reflecting that relaxed, happy ambiance that makes Kiwi designs so special, and you’ve got the perfect tiny homes.

The Maxx is Taha Tiny Homes’ flagship model. A relatively young company in this industry, born out of its founders’ own interest in affordable, sustainable living, Taha Tiny Homes stands for a housing alternative that blends full, legally approved mobility with the highest comfort a home can offer. The Tiny House Maxx was meant to travel easily on all New Zealand roads. Owners can easily tow it using a domestic vehicle (as long as it’s able to pull 3.5 tons) on a standard car license.

The Maxx
Photo: Taha Tiny Homes
At a closer look, this transportable home is also designed and equipped for self-sufficiency. It’s built using the latest technologies specifically to minimize waste during construction. The materials used for building it are sustainably sourced whenever possible. With energy efficiency as one of the main goals, this home is also fully insulated in order to keep those bills small year-round while ensuring proper comfort. Additionally, this model comes with water and wastewater tank storage as built-in features.

All of this makes Tiny House Maxx the perfect first step to freedom. Those who want to take things further can even add off-grid capabilities, starting with rooftop solar panels. In fact, this builder offers customers a high degree of flexibility; they can start from their own plans, or they can opt for a fully customized version designed from scratch, plus many options in between.

Tiny House Maxx boasts a little over 30 square meters (345 square feet) of floor space and can accommodate two to three people. One of the best features of its two-level layout is its versatility in terms of accommodation. The Maxx has three separate rooms that can be configured in multiple ways. Primarily, the bigger loft and the downstairs room are meant to become bedrooms, while the second loft can be turned into a modern elevated lounge, a playroom, or a simple storage area. Still, future owners can change this to their liking.

The Maxx
Photo: Taha Tiny Homes
Some might prefer to turn the ground-level room into a quiet, private home office, for instance, and some might want to turn both lofts into bedrooms. What matters is that despite the compact size, this home is versatile enough for multiple options, which is always a plus.

The Maxx also exudes that typical Kiwi vibe that makes you feel on vacation, even in the comfort of your own home. Neither classic nor ostentatiously contemporary, this luminous abode feels perfectly balanced style-wise and open to the outdoors. It leans towards a minimalist approach with basic furniture and large windows that open up the space visually. Cozy details add a bohemian touch that enhances the vacation-like atmosphere even more.

The first thing you see as you step inside is the beautiful lounge with a classic living room setup, including a wall-mounted TV. It’s a great place to unwind, surrounded by nature views and also with an interrupted line of sight to the other end of the house, which helps create the feeling of a wider floor space. Above the lounge, a smaller loft with open-work railing is like a white canvas for the owners to turn into what they need.

The Maxx
Photo: Taha Tiny Homes
In terms of access, the Maxx comes with a ladder for the smaller lounge and a staircase with integrated storage for the bigger loft. This is still a relatively minimalist loft, with only one window and modest walk-around space, but it does work fine as a master bedroom. Downstairs, the third room offers the benefit of full privacy, either for an easier-to-access bedroom or a home office.

The kitchen and the bathroom are both compact but equipped with all the basics for year-round accommodation. Modern materials add a premium touch to the kitchen, as well as the neatly integrated appliances that include a small fridge. Plus, the window placement helps turn this into an indoor/outdoor area that can enjoyed from the outside deck as well.

Pricing for all Taha Tiny Homes models starts at NZD 100,000 ($60,000), which makes these dwellings affordable housing options built for long-term comfort. The Maxx is a great mix of self-sufficiency and versatility that doesn’t sacrifice style. In the words of its builder, the Maxx would integrate perfectly in both rural and urban environments.
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About the author: Otilia Drăgan
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Otilia believes that if it’s eco, green, or groundbreaking, people should know about it (especially if it's got wheels or wings). Working in online media for over five years, she's gained a deeper perspective on how people everywhere can inspire each other.
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