Why Build A Tiny House?

The Tiny House craze is sweeping the world, or at least that’s what some people would like you to believe. Unlike in America the Tiny House movement in Australia is still finding it’s legs. Trendy affordable housing solutions are all the rage down under at the moment, it’s no wonder when the challenge of getting into the property market for young people in Australia is almost impossible.

But that’s not why this Humaneity project started.

This Humaneity project started off as a collaboration project at Helensvale State High School in late 2016. When back then the Executive School Principal engaged with Humaneity to create a project built around collaboration. An opportunity for students at the school to become connected to a real world endeavour involving the local community, and local businesses.

In 2017 the project moved from Helensvale State High School to All Trades Queensland near Bisbane. A move that was perceived to create a better ‘building’ environment while  allowing another set of students (trades students) to also become involved in a real world project.

In early 2018 the Humaneity Tiny House project takes another step in it’s evolution. With the build aspect of the project coming close to the end, the tiny house is again on the move. This time the Tiny House will return to the Gold Coast to take up residence as a transitional housing solution for those in South East Queensland effected by domestic violence. In conjunction with professional support services, and a few philanthropic souls, Humaneity is excited about how this Tiny House will  have a positive impact on many peoples lives.

It has been due to the support and generosity of over fifty Australian companies and one in New Zealand that this project has been made possible. If you would like to know more about the Humaneity Tiny House project or to book Susan or Mark from Humaneity to come and speak at your next event you can reach out and email us today at collaborate@humaneity.com



Humaneity Tiny House Update – October

We are on the homeward stretch. Back in May 2017 when we first started the actual construction phase of the Humaneity Tiny House at All Trades we were all a bit nervous about how things were going to turn out. Thanks to our great sponsors and Mike and the team at All Trades we have had a smooth construction process.

Many things have been experienced when building the Humaneity Tiny House.

Here are some of them.

  1.  Make sure you know where you are going to put it when you finish building it.
  2. Don’t change the design 1 million times, you will never be satisfied.
  3. Something wont fit where it is supposed to, just suck it up and move on.
  4. White is a great colour to use internally.
  5. Don’t watch to many Tiny House TV shows or Youtube videos, you will only get confused.
  6. Make it your own, plant your own ideas and patterns in your Tiny house, don’t steal to many from others.
  7. Take your time. Deadlines can kill people. You will finish it – one day.
  8. Have fun during the journey. It’s easy to get stressed with building something, don’t.
  9. Celebrate the small milestones along the way.
  10. Laugh.

We would like to thank Brendan from MVP Tiling who has come on board this week as our partner for Water Proofing and Tiling the Bathroom. Thanks also to Hume Windows and Doors for supplying our cavity sliding door for the bathroom.

Over the next few weeks the team at All Trades Queensland  are going to make the cabinets and stairs for the interior and we will fit out the lights and appliances inside the Tiny House. We are going to have an open day once the project is completed and that will be a chance for any one who is interested to come along and to see the Tiny House first hand.

You can see more videos and updates on the Tiny House project on the Humaneity Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Humaneity/



One Student – Huge Impact


Ryan Mount is a seventeen year old student from the Australian Industry Trade College on Australia’s Gold Coast. We came across Ryan last year when after a Humaneity talk at the Trade College he approached the  Humaneity team showing an interest to join the Tiny House project.

That was back in late 2016. Fast forward to April 2017 and Ryan is now about to take on a fantastic challenge. Ryan has been tasked by our Tiny House Project team to design and build the outdoor decking area for the Humaneity Tiny House project.

In keeping with the projects aims to involve students from all backgrounds, Ryan’s motivation, commitment and loyalty to the project have endeared him to every member of our team.

Ryan is one of those young people who knows where he is going, knows he has to work hard to get there, and is totally committed.

Mark Philpott, Humaneity Founder and Tiny House Project Leader say’s, ‘ It’s been an absolute joy to have Ryan on our team. He has attended every meeting, provided great input to our project, and has not been scared to roll up his sleeves’

Just recently Ryan helped Matthew Webster the projects lead builder to lay the floor on the Tiny House Trailer. A job that took the two three hours to complete. A video on that experience can be found on the Humaneity Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/Humaneity

Ryan says this about his involvement on the project,

‘ This project has already taken me to different kinds of places in my life, and I can see it has made me a better person, and made me more confident, happy, excited, and I am motivated to see this project through until the end and beyond.’

You can also follow Ryan’s decking project for the Tiny House build on the Humaneity youtube channel.

Thanks Ryan for joining us on the Humaneity Tiny House project, it’s great having you on board.





Real World Experience For Students

On April 19th Humaneity unleashes another collaboration initiative this time with students from Tafe Coomera on Australia’s Gold Coast. The Humaneity Television set will be run by Tafe Students, Teachers, and Mentors from RP Williams Films from the Gold Coast. The live TV show called Sustainable Living and Tiny Houses will feature four expert Panelists from the Sustainable Living and Tiny House sectors. Panelists, Philip Follent, Anne Kovachevich, Lara Nobel and Ian Ugarte will be joined by the shows Moderator, Michael Croaker.

Live audience members will get to ask the Panelists questions they about the Sustainable Living and Tiny House worlds. Due to last for two hours the show will go to air at a later date on the Humaneity Youtube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/Humaneity


Tiny House Project – Trailer Floor Build.

On April 7th another huge step took place on our Tiny House build.  We moved the trailer from our trailer manufacturer HMJ Trailers in Morayfield across Brisbane to the Tiny House Company. Greg at the Tiny House company had very generously offered space in his warehouse for the day to build the floor onto the Tiny House.

Attaching the floor to the trailer.

With Matthew our projects lead builder, apprentice Ryan, and Susan and Mark all present we set about attaching the floor to the trailer. Our partners James Hardie,  and Platinum Timber and Hardware generously donated the materials for this stage of the build.

It wasn’t long before Mark found out that the screwing down of the materials on top of the trailer was a little bit more difficult than it looked. Matthew and Ryan set about making the cuts of the materials, glueing and screwing down the sheets and after just over three houses the job was done.

Our 7.5m long by 2.4 meter wide Tiny House Trailer now has its floor down.






TV Show Panelist – Dr Anne Kovachevich

Anne is the Ecologically Sustainable Design Leader in the Arup Queensland building group.

She has a strong technical background in computer modelling and sustainable building design. Anne has over 17 years’ experience in Green Building Design. Anne is also the regional leader for Foresight and Innovation for Arup Australasia.

Anne has experience in a full range of projects and is a certified Green Star accredited professional, Green Star Assessor and a NABERS accredited assessor.

Anne has an excellent track record for working with clients to meet their Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) requirements and providing innovative solutions, from planning to detailed design.

Anne has worked on projects including the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland and the Science and Technology Building at the Queensland Institute of Technology.

Anne is currently working on the UQ Student Residential Precinct and Townsville Stadium and is running a course at the University of NSW called Drivers of Urban Change.

Tiny House Build Underway

It all started today Monday March 13th. Mathew Walters from HMJ Trailers in Morayfield, Brisbane has cranked out the first part of the trailer for the Helensvale State High School Tiny House project.

Mathew said today, ‘ It will take me about a week to finish the trailer by the time I receive the remainder of the parts’.

Nestled away in a small industrial estate on the north side of Brisbane, Mathew is becoming a bit of a ‘guru’ on Tiny House trailer building. He calmly explain to us today the differences between dual axle and tri axle trailers and how the weight distribution is important for Tiny House building.

Mathews customer come from near and far, and he is see’s an increasing trend of people wanting to build their own ‘house on wheels’. After the widespread appear of television shows featuring tiny houses coupled with many people’s ambitions to create more affordable housing solutions the Tiny House market in Australia is surely about to explode much like it has in the USA.

The Helensvale State High School project that is being managed by the Australian headquartered not for profit organisation, Humaneity is the first of it’s kind in a high school in Australia. Humaneity Founder, and CEO Mark Philpott says, ‘  We are extremely grateful to all of the commercial partners who have jumped on board to collaborate with us on this project.  We have over 30 wonderful company’s partnering with us to ensure that the Tiny House we are building will be of the highest quality and standards.

Once HMJ trailers has completed the building of the trailer it will travel to Helensvale State High School which is located at the north end of Australia’s Gold Coast. The remainder of the Tiny House will be constructed at the school where students, parents, and local community members will come together to create a true positive impact for the community.

It is intended that the Tiny House will be used for a Community purpose to offer some kind of transitional housing for those in need.

Any enquires on the Tiny House project should be sent to the Humaneity project team at collaborate@humaneity.com



Battle Of The Bands – Inspiring Musicians

Humaneity Television is excited to be covering the Battle of the Bands event being staged by the Coomera Anglican College. On June 15th the Bands will compete for coveted prizes during a live show to be staged at the Tafe Coomera campus. Humaneity Television will film the entire live show as well as bring you up close and personal with the competing band members prior to the live event.

For more information about the event you can email Lynne Tarlinton at Coomera Anglican College at ltarlinton@cac.qld.edu.au

Tiny House Trailers – H.M.J Trailers

Mathew Walters didn’t hesitate when we asked him to agree in building a Tiny House trailer for our Helensvale State High School project. It was a sweltering hot day when we visited Mathew at his H.M.J Traliers workshop in Morayfield just north of Brisbane. Mathew has built several Tiny House trailers and is getting great recognition for the results that he achieving.

Mathew is going to build a tri-axle trailer for our 7.5 meter long 2.5 meter wide Tiny House.

The Project team is now busy trying to secure the parts that we need so that Mathew can start building the trailer. If you need to speak to some about a trailer then don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mathew. You can reach him on email at hmj.trailers@outlook.com or on mobile phone 0411.778.027 

TV Show Moderator – Michael Croaker

Introducing Michael Croaker

Michael is currently the Head of Entertainment with Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Michael has worked successfully across film, TV and theatre over many years. Appearing in television productions such as 2014’s ‘Schapelle’ and hosting two seasons of a national series on the Nine Network, Michael also works as a keynote speaker on subjects of Effective Leadership and Living with Passion & Purpose.

Michael sees a direct synergy with both his own values and those behind the driving agenda with Humaneity, and is excited to be playing an active role generating dialogue around sustainable living.

Michael will be keeping the panelists in line during the Show and will invite questions from the audience.