Tiny Home open in Rivervale

The Ikea team finish the fitout of a one-bedroom apartment in Rivervale.
The Ikea team finish the fitout of a one-bedroom apartment in Rivervale.

FIRST home buyers wanting a taste of tiny home living can view a furnished one-bedroom apartment at Arbor North in Rivervale this weekend.

The apartment at 1 Rowe Avenue was furnished on a budget for less than $5000 by Ikea, and will soon play host to a three-month Tiny Home trial.

The trial offers one winner, drawn from 100 prospective candidates who signed up on the weekend at Belmont Forum , the opportunity to live in the Rowe Avenue apartment for three months free.

The winning resident’s name will be drawn in March, and their feedback on the home will inform future designs.

WA Apartment Advocacy director Samantha Reece said she hoped it would also help win people over to apartment living.

The trial is part of a broader Tiny Home education program which was launched by the State Government in November to help raise awareness of the benefits of tiny home living.

Ms Reece said WAAA research showed 60 percent of people were unsure about apartment living.

“People have concerns over noise, privacy and if in fact they can live in a small space, but our experience has shown that once people are living the apartment lifestyle they love the ease and convenience and in today’s society that is a major plus,” Ms Reece said.

The Arbor North apartment trial is being offered in conjunction with the Department of Communities which has eight one-bedroom apartments at Arbor North.

A previous trial at Oracle apartments in Perth saw 12 sets of people live the life for free, and one couple bought an apartment five months after their trial finished.

The Rivervale apartment will be open to the public from 11am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.