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New Zealand - Living in small spaces..

Spectacular 20ft Off-The-Grid Tiny Shipping Container House

This off-the-grid shipping container house is one that you have to see to believe! Converted from a 20ft (6 meter) shipping container, this tiny house has everything that you need and is an exceptional example of functional, space-saving design.

Tiny House Built From Salvaged Earthquake Materials

At 20 square meters (215 square feet) Student Tiny House builder Stefan Cook really has created a very big Tiny House. 

Constructed largely from salvaged materials from homes in Christchurch that were demolished after the earthquakes, Stefan Tiny House has a very clever open plan design that makes the entire house feel very spacious. 

Read more at: http://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com/...

Tour a Beautiful Tiny House in an Eco Community

EarthSong Eco-Neighbourhood has long been at the cutting edge of sustainable design and urban permaculture. It's for that very reason that it should be no surprise to discover that EarthSong is also now home to one of New Zealand's first Tiny Houses.

At just over 11 square meters, Connie Kristensen has built her house based on plans from the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company in the US. Jam-packed with very clever design elements, the house has been masterfully constructed with great attention to detail. The workmanship in this home truly is exceptional. The house was constructed over a period of 10 months, and last week moved to it's new home-pad at the EarthSong community.

Tiny Houses are perfectly suited to community living. They are small; yet provide more than enough personal space. Living in community has some huge benefits for Tiny House owners too. For example, in this case, shared common room facilities for entertaining larger groups of people, access to permaculture gardens, organic food and even a central composting toilet facility.

Connie's beautiful Tiny House is a lovely piece of design, and the relationship with EarthSong provides a possible future model for Tiny House living in New Zealand.

Living Simply in a Wonderful Tiny House Truck

In this tiny house tour, we visit the mobile house truck of Wayne and Anita. This wonderful couple made the brave decision 6 months ago to downsize their lives and fulfil their dream of living a more simple life on the road. 

We were lucky enough to tour their beautiful tiny house truck, and learn more about what drives them to simplify their life and live closer to both nature, and each other. 

Tiny House With Two Sleeping Lofts!

Let's take a tour of Cedric, the Tiny House! Cedric is a charming Tiny House who in a previous life was actually a house truck. The space has been wonderfully converted into a very functional living area with kitchen, bathroom and a lovely lounge. 

Impressively, Cedric boasts two sleeping lofts, meaning that the house can very comfortably sleep two couples or could even be suitable for a family. 

The Tiny Earth House Domes of Solscape

This week we take a tour of the tiny earth houses of Solscape. These beautiful natural buildings are each less than 10 square meters, and sit overlooking the ocean, amongst the beautiful hills of Raglan, New Zealand.

The Earth Domes were built using a technique called earth-bag construction, where sturdy sacks are filled with material such as rock, sand and clay and then compacted down. The buildings each have a ferrocement roof and are finished off with a lime plaster.

Together, these domes cost less than NZ$10,000.00 to build. A remarkably low-cost, but stunningly beautiful build. 

Although they are currently used as accommodation at Solscape Eco Retreat, it's easy to see how easily these could be turned into spectacular, permanent tiny and ultra affordable earth houses with mezzanine sleeping loft, kitchen, bathroom and lounge areas. 

Extraordinary Micro Earthship in New Zealand

After watching the film Garbage Warrior, kiwi couple Nathan Rushton and Jess Fitzgerald were so inspired by Earthship architecture that they actually travelled to New Mexico to study Earthship Biotecture with pioneering architect Michael Reynolds. 

After returning to New Zealand and finding an ideal location, the couple then began the process of designing and building a downsized version of an Earthship at their property in Raglan. 

Incredible DIY Tiny Tree House Tour

This week we tour an amazing DIY tree house! Hidden in a wonderful old Kauri Forest, this Tree House is an absolute delight. The whole house is made from three small rooms that are each individually suspended in the trees. 

Although these are still under construction, the care and attention that is going into this build is evident and it is easy to imagine just how stunning they will be when completed. 

The builder of these tree houses has been chipping away at their construction in his spare time over the last few years. They are a true DIY marvel. 

Magical Hobbit-Like Eco Cave House

This week we visit Underhill, and incredible hobbit-home like, eco-cave house built into a hillside. The off-the-grid house is cleverly constructed to resemble a cave. With no electricity in the house, the stone, wood and rustic features truly make you feel like you’re stepping back in time.

Unbelievable House Truck Transforms Into Fantasy Castle

This is a house truck that you have to see to believe. Completely road legal, this off-the-grid house truck folds out and transforms into a fantasy castle. This is one Tiny House tour you don't want to miss!

Stunning DIY Cottage-Style Tiny House

Shaye and Tom's Tiny House is nothing short of spectacular. Nestled amongst the bush in West Auckland, New Zealand it fits perfectly into it's landscape, and feels light, spacious and warm. It's obviously a house that has been built with love.  There are not too many Tiny House's in New Zealand, and this was our first chance to visit one that's already being lived in and get a feel for what the space may be like in our own Tiny House.  We have filmed an update video with Shaye & Tom! Check it out here. http://youtu.be/CRlTognWi8k

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