Bryce: For some, Tiny Homes are a long-term solution. B: For others, they’re just a stepping stone. B: We’re about to meet a young couple who’ve built their very own Tiny House on wheels… B:…which has now become a kind of “enabler” for them to now look … B:…at purchasing a larger house, where they can start thinking about… B:…adding a few more members to the family. B: Hey, how’s it going?
Holly: Hi there! H: Good, how are you?
B: Nice to meet you, Holly!
H: Nice to meet you! B: G’day Oli, how you doin’, mate? B: This, here, is a VERY impressive looking Tiny House! H&O: Thanks! B: She is a big one, as well, so … B: … how big is this one, actually? H: Ah, 7 metres by 3 metres
(23 feet by 10 feet) B: 7 by 3? H: Yeah… so we went wider.
B: Definitely. B: Not one that you’ll want to be transporting on the road very often? H: No, for us it was always… the point was to move it just once or twice, and then just leave it… H: …onsite, and, yeah, we thought it was worth some extra stress transporting it for the extra space living in it. O: So, I’ve always been obsessed with Tiny Apartments and things like that … O: … and, um, I was actually just watching one of YOUR videos O: … the one on Brett*, and Holly saw it…
(*Amazing DIY Off-Grid Modern Tiny House) O: …and was like “man, what’s this, this is pretty interesting”. O: And so we watched it together, ay, and…
H: And I said we should do it! O: We should do it! O: So, yeah, we started, like, taking things out on the floor and… H: Yeah…
O: Every time we were at the beach, drawing things in the sand and… H: Yeah, we had, like, full-on tape measures and stuff H: ….and we’d draw up floor plans, and we went through heaps of different designs… lots and lots of different plans. H: All sorts of stuff … H: But basically the main thing that made us do it was just that we wanted the adventure. O: Yeah, the adventure… B: Well, the place looks REALLY nice from the outside. B: Let’s have a look on inside, see what you’ve done.
H: Awesome, come on in. B: What a lovely home! H: Yeah, she’s cool, hey? Thank you! B: It’s all so open and light, isn’t it? H: Yeah, that was a big part for us. H: We have 9 windows and this tiny little space and it was always about making it light and airy… H: … and getting the sunshine in, all the time.
O: Yeah O: So we’d seen, like, a lot of those American-style Tiny Houses… O: And they didn’t really work for how we like to live and, um, you know, they’re pretty amazing but… O: … we tried to take the “Kiwi approach” to it, you know – open plan… O: … big doors looking out onto the view and the deck.
H: Yeah O: It was the main thing we had in mind when we built it actually, was the light, bright open feel. B: I really love what you’ve done here with this climbing wall. B: This is such a clever way of getting into the loft. H: Yeah, it’s cool, ay? H: So, it mainly…it was just that we didn’t really…we didn’t really know where a ladder could go … H: … and we didn’t really want to cut off any of that opening. H: So, instead Oli, yeah, Oli decided on a climbing wall. I was pretty against it at the start… H: But now, I really like it. H: I think it’s cool to have the “pops” of green and everything as well. H: Lots of people were, um, a little bit “anti” having a climbing wall as the ONLY way to get up there! H: But, you know, the whole thing about a Tiny House is, you built it for YOU, right … H: … you don’t build it for resale value or, for you know, anyone else, you build it for the people who are gonna live in it. H: When we, um, if we watch movies and we have cups of tea and stuff… H: … we do have to pass it up, like, because it’s quite hard to climb up with a cup of tea! H: So yeah….
O: It’s good, you get very quick at it too, ay? B: Can I have a go?
H & O: Yeah! B: All right, everyone in the world can watch me fumble as I get up this thing. B: Although, maybe I’m almost tall enough just to… I’ve really got an advantage here, ay? O: You can just step up! B: Oh – now that … is cool!
H: Yeah! B: That is a seriously cool way of getting into a loft! B: And, and what an amazing space this is … I mean, comfortable, you’ve got all these cushions, awesome TV… H: Yeah, so we wanted the TV to be up, out of the way, you know, we didn’t want it to be the feature of the room…. H: …because it’s such a small space, so if there was a TV, say, right here on THIS wall… H: … it would be quite overpowering, but we did want to be able to watch movies and, you know… H: …TV shows and stuff, so we set it up, UP there. B: While I’m up here, I really like the use of the LED lights, this is really nice. O: Yeah, we stole them from Holly’s auntie… H: Yeah, my auntie, she had a fairy light chandelier, and we just thought it was a cool idea. B: Well, I’m gonna climb on down and we can have a look at the kitchen. O: Sweet
H: Cool B: This kitchen is really lovely, it’s so open, it’s so inviting. B: You just want to get in here and start cooking, don’t you? H: Yeah, it’s great, it’s awesome. H: We just, um, so, we wanted it to be a big enough space because we usually cook together… H: …. so we wanted to have enough room. H: And, I guess it still is a small kitchen… H: ….but it just worked. O: And one thing we wanted to do, that’s because there’s two of us living here … O: … and we still live, you know, a very normal life. O: We have “9 to 5” jobs and everything… O: … so we didn’t want to compromise on too many things. O: So our fridge is actually bigger than the last fridge we had. O: We’ve got a full size oven, full size double sink. O: You know, so we wanted to make sure that we could actually fit all those things in. H: We did, um, we were gonna put in a gas hob – we actually bought a gas hob and everything… H: … but we just never got around to it. H: And we used our little camping stove. H: We cooked Christmas dinner on it actually, and so that’s the ultimate test. H: If you can cook Christmas dinner …. so yeah, yeah, it’s been awesome! B: Now this is something you don’t see very often in a Tiny House. H: A full table!
B: A full dining table. B: And I suppose as well, this is the sort of thing you can do, just by pushing it … B: … that little bit further to that 3m mark, ay?
H: Yeah H: Because if it was 2.4m, you wouldn’t really…you know, it’s quite a luxury to have that much space … H: … to have that big of a table. But it’s such a usable space as well. H: Like, we do use it for, you know, you sit down and you work here, you’re on your laptop…. H: … and all that sort of stuff? And obviously, you’re doing…so I think it’s amazing to have a table. O: And one thing we didn’t want to do is have all the “transforming” furniture… O: Like that’s…There’s some really cool ideas but because there’s two of us living in here… O: … you don’t want to have to, you know, fold your bed up to make your coffee in the morning… O: … and what not, so same thing with the table, wanted to have proper fixed furniture. O: It makes it feel more like an actual home as well, doesn’t it? H: Yeah
O: Rather than a camping trip or something, you know? H: Yeah, so we still do have a lot of the cool little storage solutions and that kind of thing… H: … that you have in Tiny Houses, you know. H: But, yeah, it’s just because there’s two of us, we didn’t want to have too many transforming things. O: And we had the space to do it, you know ….that’s what we decided from the start, make it a bit bigger. O: Don’t move it often, and we can fit in the things that we want. B: Very nice, very comfortable looking lounge here as well. H: Yeah, they’re cool, those were old cushions that we actually took off some couches that we have … H: …and up-cycled them and, yeah, there’s all storage under there and that’s why, obviously, you build a couch. H: I think with all the upholstering and everything, it probably would have worked out cheaper to just… H: …buy a couch and put it in here but like, you know, in a Tiny House, you need to use the space. H: You know, it needs to be storage. And under there, it swallows up so much stuff. H: It’s got all of our camping stuff, yeah, like backpacks, all that sort of thing. B: And so your bathroom I’m guessing is through that door…is it? O: Yep, just under here… O: So this is the bathroom.
H: Yeah B: This is lovely. O: So we managed to fit a full 900mm by 900mm shower and that’s because… O: …we pushed out over the drawbar. So that’s where that sits.
B: Right. O: We’ve got a smaller bit still pretty big size vanity, standard composting toilet, and, yeah! B: So what about this space here? What goes in there? H: So that’s the other part that was over the drawbar, obviously. And that’s the washing machine. O: Yeah, so that’s our laundry. We’ve got a normal full-size household washing machine. O: And just some coat storage, and, yeah.
H: Yeah. O: We didn’t want the washing machine to be as noticeable as they are in a lot of other Tiny Houses. O: So, we put it in there and you can shut your door and never see it again, so, it’s good. B: And, we’ve still got the sleeping loft to go. B: Shall we have a look at that?
H: Yeah, come on up. H: So, we built it so that we could stand up…. H: … beside the bed and get into the bed. H: But I don’t know if you’re going to be able to stand up, Bryce! B: Hey, that’s such a neat idea, ay! B: I can at least stand up here on the step.
H: That’s all right. B: This is really good, it’s really unusual to have this much space. B: Where did you actually get this extra height from? O: So, we hadn’t seen this done anywhere, but we were thinking that some of your kitchen things… O: … they don’t need to be full height, so, pantry, fridge, for example, don’t need to be full height. O: So we thought if you drop the floor above those, and then, you know, come up to the normal loft height… O: … then you basically “steal some height” to stand up in your loft. O: Which I haven’t seen in any other Tiny House. H: So, it works, I think because we’re both quite short. H: So we can stand up here, but I think you’re a little bit higher/taller and obviously, you can’t. O: Yeah, it’s such a nice comfortable space up here, ay, we love sleeping in this bed. O: We have the best sleeps. H: Also obviously because it’s at the top, it’s the warmest part. H: So that’s amazing and in the winter time, you know, it’s nice and warm. H: … up here in bed, and in the summer time, that’s why we’ve got the windows. H: So we can vent it, if you just open both of those, you get a really nice cross breeze. H: Yeah, it works really well, if you want to air the whole Tiny House out, we just open this window… H: … and the one at the other end and the whole thing just gets nice and cool. H: One of the biggest things about us building a Tiny House was that we built one because we wanted to live … H: … somewhere that was double-glazed, insulated and nice and warm… H: … and we couldn’t afford that in a normal sized house. H: So, yeah, we went for a Tiny House. H: That’s why we haven’t really cut any costs anywhere. H: You know, we’ve got brand new joinery and everything, and it’s beautiful and warm in here. Because it wasn’t really about saving money, it was more about living somewhere amazing. H: So, all together I think it’s been about NZD $45,000?
O: Yeah H: But that’s including the couch and all the curtains and everything. H: So much more expensive than a lot of Tiny Houses. H: But as I say, it was more about… we had more money than time… H: …because we were both working full-time jobs and doing everything on the weekends… H: …so we didn’t have enough time to, sort of, source everything… O: So it’s all brand new stuff, all brand new double-glazing, so it fits exactly how we want it… O: Brand new trailer – the trailer alone cost NZD $10,000 …. O: That’s just material costs too, so $45k material costs. O: We’ve paid a professional plumber and sparkie (electrician) so that’s included in that. O: But everything else is just materials. O: If we were to look at our hourly rate …. O: Just the time spent actually doing the work, but the time spent researching and sourcing and learning…you know.. O: So a lot of the time goes into that. But yeah, $45k.
H: Fun time though. O: It is, yeah.
H: It is cool. B: So, you started building this Tiny House two years ago? B: You’ve been living in it for almost a year now. B: And you’re about to be selling it… B: How does that feel now? O: It’s sad, ay… really sad to part with it.
H: It is a bit sad. H: Yeah, it’s a lovely place to live, like it is, it’s so beautiful. H: But, it’s kinda, it’s just the right time for us. H: And it’s been our big stepping stone to let us get into the property market. H: Because it’s… quite a hard move to make. To get enough of a deposit together and everything. H: And… that’s why we decided to do the Tiny House, there was the adventure as well … H: …and also the financial side and so hopefully… H: …with selling the Tiny House and selling our land, we’ll have a pretty good head-start. H: You know, to get a normal house, to raise a family, and, yeah. B: This home is so functional and you have packed in so many really clever little features. B: I love the climbing wall. B: I REALLY love what you’ve done here, with dropping down the loft space as well. B: That’s such a clever way of approaching and really thinking 3-dimensionally with your space. B: So congratulations to you as on that. B: Thank you so much for showing me your home.
H & O: Thank you B: It’s absolutely beautiful, and all the best for your next adventures. O: Cheers
H: Thanks B: What I really love about this Tiny House is that Oli and Holly … B: …have managed to build a home which truly encompasses them as individuals. B: They both have this wonderful adventurous spirit … B: …and that’s evident in so many of the decisions that they’ve made in this house. B: For one, actually making the decision to build a Tiny House on wheels… B: …but also things like this fantastic climbing wall. B: I think the big challenge for them now is going to be finding a family home… B:…that they can move into that actually embodies that same spirit. B: I wish them luck.