The tiny house movement is the epitome of minimalism. It’s a reaction to the financial, environmental and lifestyle burdens that are weighing heavily on us. It’s a critique on our consumer society’s feverish desire for bigger and better. In this blog, I ask Amanda Chapman 5 tiny questions about her tiny new build…
1: Describe your home in 3 words.
Biggest DIY challenge!
2: What is a tiny house?
A tiny house is usually smaller than 50m2, often on a trailer to make it transportable and avoid requiring Council consents or owning land.
3: What led you to build a tiny home?
In the city I live in, Auckland, there’s a housing crisis. Housing is expensive, cold and leaky- both renting and owning. I was sick of renting but not in a position to own a home, and not wanting to tie myself down to a mortgage. I love the idea of being self-sufficient and have always wanted to build a house for myself. I loved the idea of tiny houses, and saw it was becoming a movement in New Zealand, so decided to build my own. In saying that, it definitely hasn’t been easy, and I still have a long way to go before I can live in it.
4: What inspired the design of your home?
I wanted something practical and simple to build, seeing as I had no building experience. I designed the home for my own living needs, and made the building design achievable.
5: Do you have any tips for those inspired to build or buy a tiny home?
Tiny homes are expensive for their size and, like a regular house, are a massive upfront cost, especially when going off-grid. Tiny houses will eventually pay themselves off, with low overheads and no mortgage.
To keep up with Amanda’s tiny house journey…
Check out her website: Amanda in Waste Free Land
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