A Melbourne-designed Tiny House is attracting the attention of mainstream media and is in high demand on short stay rental website Airbnb.

The original ‘Shacky’ is a 7.35 metre x 2.30 metre prototype created by a Melbourne start up via a crowd-funded campaign in 2016. The house is designed by Jan van Schaik’ (MvS Architects) and comes fit with a pot belly stove, solar-powered lights and fittings, a queen-sized bed, storage, an odourless composting toilet and a hot shower.

It was built in a warehouse and placed on a farmstead in the Otways, where it was rented out to the public for three months. The original Shacky was an experiment to gauge the interest of the public in the Tiny House concept and by all reports it was very well received.

The Shacky reached 80 per cent occupancy in its last month which was enough for the team to confidently roll it out as an off the shelf product which can be purchased for $50,000 and built in a day.

The trial also informed Shacky’s new look, which includes a relocated bed and kitchenette and a skillion roof, as guest feedback was monitored and used as market testing.

Now the company has launched a competition to find a home for the new Shacky model.

The winner gets a Shacky and a profit-sharing arrangement (50/50) for two years.

More information on the Shacky here.