On Building a Tiny Home

Excerpts from an interview with Maleah Rahaman-Noronha and Ken Mora on July 16th, 2022

By Rheanna Chen


Maleah & Ken in front of tiny home
Maleah and Ken stand in front of the structure of their tiny home. The frames are made of teak harvested from the farm. They have 3 green windows recently installed. You can see tyres and bricks in the back as the house is still in construction.


Maleah and Ken are a young couple building a tiny home on a 33 acre estate in Freeport, Central Trinidad. Both in their twenties and recently engaged, they share the daily life of living on a permaculture farm, beyond living off the land but the hard work and commitment that goes into making the dream a reality. From feeding donkeys to making lollies, there is a never a dull moment. Despite the challenges, they are committed to making it work, and inspiring the next generation through their efforts called “Stay Woke Sustainability”.

Listen to hear more of their story:


Graphic design of the Tiny House named “Honey Hex” before construction was started. This hexagon structure has 6 walls in brown, surrounded by green forest area and many trees. There is an upstairs loft for the bedroom and a downstairs open living space.
Tiny House “Honey Hex” Design


The doorway to the tiny house has wooden posts. There is the sign saying “Honey Hex” in front. Inside you can see walls constructed out of vetiver grass and clay. There are frames for windows to be attached. You can see the construction tools and materials for further building.
Entrance of the Tiny House
A close up at the wall structures made from vetiver grass and clay, with upcycled glass scattered throughout in yellow, green and blue. The light shines through adding a special effect. There is construction tools and materials surrounding the structure. A window is propped open over a base wall that has square tiles that have been upcycled and forming a triangle shape in the colours green and white.
Bottle Wall with Upcycled Glass















A wider photo of 4 walls and the roof. The upcycled bottles in square and circular shapes allow the light to shine through in green, white and blue. There is a staircase leading to the loft. The roof has been filled in and there is an outdoor kitchen. There is still construction to be done with random buckets, tools, boxes and nails hanging around.
Downstairs of tiny house

For your consideration:

Since the pandemic, there is a growing interest in returning to the land. Is it a utopian dream to return to the land? What are the realities of financial sustainability, commitment and hard work to make it possible?


← Return to main page