For some it is financially driven, many wish to reduce their environmental footprint, while others wish to downsize their life making it easier to enjoy travel and adventure without being tied to never ending mortgage payments.
For this writer, it was a lifestyle choice that evolved over time. After downsizing to a smaller property and ditching the mortgage, the intent was to build a new house while living in a bus. Nearly a year along and the financial and personal freedom that has come from not having a massive mortgage, has far outweighed the need to build that flash home.
Writers 1950 Bedford Bus heading to new home and new life.
With New Zealand home ownership becoming less and less affordable for many kiwis, perhaps we need to look at things from a different perspective and ask the question-Do we really need that big house and crippling mortgage? The Tiny House Movement would answer -a definite No!!
Environmentally it has never been more important to reduce our earth footprint. Why not make a positive change and go small? This does not mean you must do without life’s luxuries, just refine it to maximise space and function.
Tiny luxury living.
So, what defines a Tiny House? Typically, it is not usually larger than 46m2. It can be a bus, truck, small building or a house on wheels. The historic Yurt has even made small living possible for many families.
The Yurt-originated in central Asia.
If you choose to build your Tiny Home on wheels you would need to follow Transport agency guidelines for towing. A great FAQ on trailer sizes and buying a trailer for Tiny Homes can be found on the below links.
Cute Tiny House on a trailer
The beauty of having your tiny home on wheels is that it can come with you if you move. You would have to decide if the cost of building a trailer, meeting the requirements of the transport agency, would out way the costs of getting a removal company to simply pick up your tiny home and put it on a truck.
‘Lucy’ the tiny New Zealand house on moving day.
The above YouTube link will show you Lucy on moving day.
Lucy’s Basic Measurements sourced from http://www.diyhousebuilding.com/index.html
‘These tiny trailer house plans are based on the trailer we used for Lucy. The trailer measures 7.2m by 2.4m (23’7.5″ by 7’10.5″) giving a floor area of 17.3m2 (186 sqft) and is rated to carry 3.5 tonnes. The total height of the timber framing is 3743mm (12’3″). It was designed for the additional height of the trailer and roof cladding to be below 4.25m (13’11”) the legal limit in New Zealand. As far as we are aware, this would make it legal in most other countries.’
Tiny home living may have taken the world by storm, but it is not new. Many cultures have been living with the view ‘less is more’ for centuries. Some of us feel it has never been more important to now return to those values. For those contemplating making the move, try it! – the choices you can make with your own small space are limitless.
Horse and carriage-Writers personal favourite.
Don’t limit your imagination to just one room. Some small space owners choose to have multiple small buildings defining their living area. These can be stand alone or interconnected, read our How do I join two sheds together? Blog for some great ideas on joining two or more sheds together.