BUILT FOR ESCAPING

Base Cabin builds architectural tiny houses and cabins that do more with less.

Our award-winning small spaces are designed to be transported on a trailer and wheeled into place – in the countryside, near the ocean, down a city laneway, or in your garden.

We’ve collaborated with some of Australia’s most innovative architects and designers to create flexible spaces with the highest quality finishes that adapt seamlessly to their surroundings. You can buy your Base Cabin fully kitted out with everything you need to feel at home, or as a shell ready for you to put your own spin on.

Sustainable by design, we manufacture in very limited numbers on Bunurong country in Korumburra, Victoria.

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Explore Our Cabins

Whether you’re after a compact weekender to immerse in nature, or you’re setting up a short term accommodation on an existing property, Base Cabin offers a flexible range of options to suit your needs in 15 square metres or less.

For more extensive information on each of our designs, download our Base Cabin brochure

Shelby Lenehan for Base Cabin

Fowler & Ward

Studio Edwards

Matt Goodman Architecture Office (MGAO)

Shelby Lenehan for Base Cabin

Our latest tiny house by Shelby Lenehan is our most adaptable cabin to date. Incorporating a raked ceiling, our signature ply internals, along with the largest walk in shower of any tiny house on the market, it offers the ultimate getaway.

Perfectly designed and proportioned for a night or three away from it all, our Shelby cabin offers the ultimate in luxury tiny house accommodation. Incorporating a queen size bed, along with a large kitchen and ample storage, the Australian timber cladding blends seamlessly into any environment.

Our Shelby design is our first tiny house to offer Laminex's full 2023 range - enabling you to customize every aspect to make it a truly one off space. Currently available in the larger 6 metre model, with a 4.8 metre studio option to be released in early 2023.

  • Price: $104,000
  • Sleeps 2
  • Up to 2.8m raked ceiling heights
  • Queen sized bed
  • Steel frame, Australian timber exterior
  • 15 square metre footprint
  • Tri-axel, 3.5 tonne trailer (VIC registered)

• Kitchen with Italian terrazzo benchtop options, brushed metal tapware and sink, ample storage

• Built in bedhead

• Built in bench seat for day time reading and dining (with storage)

• USB-C charging points

• Walk-in shower, full-sized basin with storage + toilet (compost upgrade available)

• Oversized bi-fold entry door (2.7 x 2.1 metre)

• Doors and windows are thermally broken, double glazed for maximum energy efficiency

• Walls, ceiling and floor are also insulation as standard

Fowler & Ward

This space-expanding design by award-winning architects Fowler and Ward can comfortably sleep up to 4 people, and is the largest tiny house we currently offer.

The design circulates around an expansive full kitchen and open dining/living space with custom-built seating and storage features. Generous outlooks and openings reach beyond the footprint of the space, creating a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. Stargaze under a skylight in the cosy second-level sleeping loft, which can accommodate up to a king-sized mattress, while in a completely separate downstairs nook you’ll find bunk beds with an integrated mini rock climbing wall for top bunk access, as well as a surprisingly large and private bathroom.

  • Price: from $124,000
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3.3 metre ceiling height
  • Double bunks downstairs, room for a king bed upstairs
  • Steel frame, Colorbond exterior
  • 15 square metre ground floor & 5 sqm loft bedroom
  • Kitchen with full sink, overhead + below counter storage
  • Full width bench seat with storage
  • Loft bedroom with overhead skylight for star gazing
  • Downstairs double bunk room (convertible to a home office space upon request)
  • Mini rock-climbing wall for bunk access
  • Walk-in shower, full-sized basin with storage + toilet
  • Oversized bi-fold entry door (2.7 x 2.3 metre)

Studio Edwards

How much do you really need for a weekend retreat? Studio Edwards have answered this question in their design for Base Cabin.

The award-winning design takes its inspiration from a classic A-Frame structure and the iconic airstream trailer – it’s a fresh approach to a tiny cabin that feels at home in any environment. Days unfold around a series of moments, starting and ending in the cocoon-like bedroom, while strategically placed windows and skylights allow natural light to stream and offer expansive views to the outside world. The simple, tactile material palette with rich accents of brass and terrazzo feel more like a boutique hotel room than a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere.

  • Price: from $124,000
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3.3 metre ceiling height
  • Steel frame, butynol rubber exterior (its just like a big wetsuit)
  • 15 square metre footprint
  • Oversized built-in bench seat/daybed with storage (with options for breakfast as well)
  • Bi-fold windows
  • Bathroom skylight
  • Central bathroom pod with walk in shower, vanity + toilet
  • Kitchen with ample storage (incl. integrated fridge as standard)
  • Brushed metal tapware (brass and nickel abi options available)

Matt Goodman Architecture Office

MGAO has created a flexible design for the smallest cabin in our range, a stand-alone home office that doubles as a comfortable accommodation.

Every inch of this cabin has been carefully considered for multiple uses. The main kitchen and living space is used as a working/dining area in the day, and by night can be easily converted to a bedroom with a custom fold-down Murphy bed should you require it. Natural light is drawn into every corner of this space through an oversized skylight above the shower and large windows that punctuate the perimeter, framing views from every angle. Simple, hardworking materials like corrugated external cladding and timber-lined interiors are key factors in creating a space that is warm, refined and feels a lot larger than it looks.

  • Price: from $104,000
  • Sleeps 2
  • Ample built in storage
  • Steel frame, Colorbond exterior
  • 10sqm footprint
  • Full kitchen (including integrated fridge)
  • Ample built in storage
  • Fully retractable cavity sliding entry door
  • Built in daybed and dining setting
  • Panoramic shower skylight
  • Large casement windows (all made in Melbourne with options to customise)
  • Full sized shower, wall-hung vanity + toilet (compost options available)

About Us

Built by experts

We are a collective of passionate people who are driven to provide access to great design in small spaces at an affordable price point.

Drawing on over fifteen years of experience in the design and construction industries respectively, co-founders Ryan McCormack and David Clarke have engaged the most exceptional Australian architects and designers to collaborate on every aspect of Base Cabin’s offerings.

  • Australian Tiny House Association member
  • Licensed Master Builder
  • All tiny houses and cabins are provided with electrical and plumbing safety certificates

With over 15 years of experience, Ryan McCormack has worked extensively in the commercial property industry across sales, development and management roles. He’s passionate about making great design more accessible, and brings a large-scale design approach and experience working with architects to Base Cabin. Ryan has a Masters in Property and Project Management and has renovated four Victorian-era houses (giving his wife plenty of grief along the way).

Dave is a registered Master Builder with 18 years of experience in the construction sector. He has an exceptional eye for detail and is fastidious about ensuring the highest quality finish across all Base Cabin builds. After restoring a vintage Ford van that he lived in to travel through Canada and North America, Dave knows exactly what it takes to live with less.

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Collaborators

It takes a big bunch to build a tiny house.

From the structure to the splashback, we’ve worked with the best of the best in Australian design to ensure every little Base Cabin detail is of the highest quality.

FAQs

We’ve done our best to answer all the questions we think you might have. If there's anything else you'd like to know, email us at hello@basecabin.com

Base Cabin has partnered with a number of award-winning architects to bring our tiny houses to life. We offer a number of designs in different sizes by Studio Edwards, Fowler and Ward, MGAO and Shelby Lenehan.

Whilst we try to keep the floor plans as close to the architects’ original designs, we’re always happy to discuss how we can make the tiny house design yours.

Depending on the design, most built-in furniture is included within the base price of the tiny house. We do also offer a number of additional options, including fold out dining tables, and we can also arrange bedroom mattresses for your build through one of our partners.

Download our brochure for all the details.

From motorised awnings to off-grid power solutions, there are many options that can be added to your tiny house build. Download our brochure here for a full list of extras and inclusions.

You can! We offer all our tiny house designs as lock up shells - think of it as a completed tiny house on the outside and an empty one on the inside. This means all the bear wall studs are showing and there are no internal services (electrical and plumbing) installed.

Pretty much anything goes. Our clients have placed our tiny houses in some amazing (and hard-to-access) locations – think the rolling sand dunes of southernmost Victoria, or on the side of a mountain overlooking the hills of the Southern Highlands in New South Wales. We can provide guidance and advice on preparing your site prior to delivery to ensure it's a smooth arrival for your build.

Our tiny houses and cabins start from $70,000 for a lock up shell, whilst our fully completed builds start from $104,000.

To secure your build and design we require a 20% deposit. Once your build commences, we then break the remainder of the tiny house cost into four additional equal-staged payments: trailer delivery; steel frame; lock up; and a final payment just before your Base Cabin’s delivery.

We will invoice you no less than 2 weeks prior to the next stage of the build being completed as it moves through our workshop. We’ll keep you up to date with your Base Cabin’s progression, so you’ll always know when the next stage is due.

We do! We’ve partnered with Handy Pay to offer finance of up to $75k towards the cost of the tiny house purchase. Handy Pay offers great finance and repayment options and you can find out more about this via the link below. Check out Handy Pay here.

You can! You're welcome to either visit our workshop in Korumburra, Victoria, or book a stay in one of our existing tiny houses built across Australia. Currently we have tiny houses available for rent in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Below are some of the links to our previous tiny house builds that are now for rent.

Pine Forest Cabins, Glenquarry, NSW

Tiny Three Ten, Dungog NSW

Mitchelton Winery, SA

Unfortunately not. There are too many complexities involved in producing a comprehensive document that effectively communicates the design.

Our tiny house builds generally take 13 weeks from placing your order through to delivery. Given the high demand, we are currently booked out for up to 6 months in advance, so please get in contact to discuss our next available build spot.

Our modern workshop is located on Bunurong country in Korumburra, Victoria. Korumburra is an hour-and-a-half south east of Melbourne’s CBD. It is surrounded by wineries and is within easy reach of Phillip Island or Wilsons Promontory if you wanted to make it a day trip!

Absolutely. We will send you videos and photos of your Base Cabin build progress from the trailer chassis, through to the final build. You're also more than welcome to visit the workshop to come and check out the progress.

Our cabins are designed to be transported on a trailer. Depending on where you live in Australia, we can either deliver it to you directly, or can connect you with one of our delivery partners if you’re unable to collect your Base Cabin from our workshop.

While every delivery will be different, we generally work on a cost of $3 per km for delivery from our workshop in Korumburra, Victoria.

We currently only offer delivery to anywhere in Australia. All our deliveries are fully insured until your tiny house is handed to you on your site.

Our trailers can be registered prior to delivery, though it really depends on how often you plan to relocate the tiny home post the initial delivery. All tiny homes come with vehicle identification numbers (Vin numbers) and are compliant ready to register if you choose to in the future.

They do! All our tiny houses have electric brakes to all wheels. They also come standard with break away systems, hand brakes and stabilizers to all corners of the tiny house.

There are two main reasons why tiny houses are built on wheels. Firstly, because a building permit is not required when a structure is built on wheels, as it is classified as a vehicle. Secondly, for flexibility! A lot of tiny house owners enjoy the idea of not being tied down, or maybe are looking to move their tiny house around their property.

Whilst currently all of our tiny houses are permanently on wheels, we are working on a design that can be offered with the trailer as a removable option. All our tiny houses are relocatable and not classified as fixed dwellings.

Our tiny houses will weigh in between 3 - 4.5 tonne depending on model and a few other specifications. We build our tiny houses on top of scales that can verify every kg coming into the build. If you choose to collect your tiny home yourself, we recommend hiring a towing company for transport unless you are very experienced with towing large and heavy loads and have the appropriate vehicles that can move them safely.

Our standard tiny houses run on a 15-amp mains power with a safety switchboard. The tiny house can be plugged in using an electrical power lead, just like a traditional caravan. You won’t need an electrician on site for this connection, just an extension lead.

A solar system can also be installed at an additional cost, or this can be added at a later stage. All Base Cabin tiny houses come “Solar Ready” as standard.

Just like a conventional caravan, our tiny houses come with a standard garden hose plug connection. It's that simple! Alternatively, we can offer rainwater storage tanks and pumps at an additional cost, allowing you to go off-grid. Some models can be offered with gutters, but they are not installed due to dimensions restrictions when on the road.

All our tiny houses have a dual gas regulator that takes 2x LPG gas bottles as standard. You can use your standard 9L barbecue gas bottles. The connection can be done by anyone, just like connecting the gas bottle to a barbecue.

Yes, all our tiny houses are insulated. We use Earthwool insulation batts on walls and a double layer in the roof. We also offer double glaze windows and doors as standard, greatly minimising the energy needed for heating and cooling. If you require insulation under the floor this is also an option and can be upgraded to all our models and designs.

Most of our tiny houses come with a flush toilet as standard. It is the customer's responsibility to obtain the services of a qualified plumber and council permits to connect to sewage or septic tank. As an alternative and much greener/sustainable option, we can install and supply waterless composting toilets that do not require a plumber on site or any connection.

We take sustainability seriously. While we offer only quality finishes and materials, we ensure they have the smallest possible impact on the environment.

Base Cabin only offers our tiny houses with double glazing and insulation, reducing your future energy costs once your tiny house is up and running. We also have an extensive recycling program for our construction waste, as we recognise the building industry has a large impact on the environment through the amount of waste it can generate. Tiny houses, by nature, have a smaller impact upon the environment. We’re continually seeking out new and innovative ways to further reduce our footprint on the environment and are happy to work with clients on integrating new ideas into our builds.

We have many off-grid solutions to add to your Base Cabin tiny house design. We offer full off-grid solar system packages that are designed to run your entire house, including everything from lights to air-con systems; a variety of compost toilet options; gas water heating system and gas appliances; rainwater storage tanks; pumps; grey water systems and water filters. 1.4Kw solar and 4Kw lithium batteries systems (with large inverters) can be installed from $14,000. Call us to chat more about off grid setups and possibilities.

Not as standard but we can supply a solar package to suit your needs as an added extra. Please contact us for more details.

The composting toilet chamber that we use (Green Loo - Standard Package) should be swapped over approximately every 6 months for 2 adults living fulltime in the space according to the manufacturer's instructions. We do offer other composting toilet options and the maintenance could vary based on system size and a few others. Get in touch with us to get more info on the toilet systems and also maintenance processes.

The most common solution for tiny houses on wheels is a combination of a composting toilet and greywater treatment system. The composting toilet diverts liquid waste and turns solid waste into compost. The models we use are Australian made and approved for use in all states, operate odour-free, and can save 35,000L of water per year.

Greywater can be treated by a greywater filtration system and grease traps. Generally speaking, the clean water can be re-utilised in your garden or direct release into the landscape. It is important to check with your local council for any specific requirements for off-grid treatment of waste.

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We’re here to create your ideal retreat. Get in touch and let’s make it happen.

Base Cabin acknowledges the Bunurong people as the rightful custodians of the land, waterways and living ecosystems of the South-Eastern Kulin Nation where we work. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future.