Category Archives: Tiny Houses

Finding land for a tiny house just became a whole lot easier – Ophelia Buckleton.

Kiwis are offering up their land for tiny home buyers to move their portable houses on in temporary and permanent deals.

A new website, Landshare.nz has been set up to provide a place for people looking for or offering up land for tiny homes in New Zealand.

Whether you are a landowner wanting to utilise your property and earn some extra cash, a young couple trying to get on the property ladder by starting small or a family hoping to downsize, Landshare is your go to.

The website was started by Nathan Orr in July as a response to the growing tiny home trend. He wanted to test the market and see whether people would be interested in what he had to offer.

“And it turns out they are.

“When the cost of housing, like we’ve all seen lately, gets to the point where it’s too expensive for people to afford, they start looking for alternative solutions.”

Current listings on the Landshare website included people offering land in Manawatu, the Bay of Plenty, Coromandel and Waiheke Island. There were also people looking for land on the website.

Orr, 28, who did his masters in sustainability, was drawn to the way tiny homes allow people to downsize, including their energy use and building materials.

Tiny houses, as the name suggests, are self-contained small homes, typically built on wheels.

Many tiny homes are off grid, meaning they need little more than land to sit on.

Orr said the ultimate goal of Landshare was to assist people, including millennials like himself, find more affordable housing solutions. He has recently started building his own tiny house.

“A small house, relative to a normal conventional house, is quite cheap … the land part of the equation is the really expensive part. Using an alternative like tiny houses, if you can get on to the property ladder by buying the house first and not necessarily the land, you can then save up to a position where you might be able to own your own piece of land. ”

Orr said a lot of Kiwis who doubted their ability to afford a house needed to rethink the traditional notion of a home and consider options like a tiny house.

Kasia Walker, 26, and her husband Jake, 28, have been living in a tiny home on rented land since December 2016.

The 7.2m by 2.4m off-grid house was the only dwelling on a 2.5 acre plot in West Auckland.

And the rent? Just $100 a week.

“We basically have a lifestyle block with no houses surrounding us. We’ve got horses as neighbours, so it’s really nice,” said Kasia.

Prior to buying their tiny home, they were renting a room in a three-bedroom house in West Auckland for $450 a week.

“Instead of putting that money in someone else’s pocket, you are putting money into an investment that you own and can on-sell in the future if you want to,” said Kasia.

NZ Herald

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Landshare.nz

From first-home buyers responding to housing unaffordability, to those looking for rental or passive income opportunities, tiny homes on wheels are taking NZ by storm. While there has been no shortage of innovative housing alternatives hitting the market, the issue of land unaffordability still remains.

That’s where LandShare comes in.

Whether it be at the beach, on the farm, or in the city, Landshare connects people that own land with those that own tiny houses, throughout New Zealand. With the growing tiny house community and the need for greater land access, Landshare is the easiest way for people to monetise their unused land asset and take part in this housing revolution.

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Increasing numbers of Kiwis are living big in a tiny house – Russell Blackstock. 

Bryce Langston, an actor and musician, has spent about $70,000 designing and building his own miniature house on wheels. He hopes the project will offer him an alternative lifestyle in his own home after being priced out of Auckland’s booming property market.

“The house might be small but it has steel framing, weatherboards and a corrugated roof like any other regular home,” he says. “Because my income is irregular I wanted out of the expensive rent or mortgage trap and this seems like the perfect solution.”

Langston became hooked on the idea of extreme downsizing when he saw his first tiny house on wheels online.

“I felt a huge swell of excitement,” he says. “Here was a unique opportunity to construct a home that was within my means, that could be beautiful, sustainable and best of all one which I could own without the need to purchase land.” 

The micro-home phenomenon is taking off around the world. As cities grapple with growing populations, scarcity of land and rising house prices, many believe tiny homes are the solution.

“I’ve been blown away by some of the places I have seen around the country including a house truck that folds out into a fantasy castle,” he says. “The Kiwis are not just embracing the tiny house movement, we are taking it up to the next level.”

NZ Herald 

Bryce’s Site: Living Big In A Tiny House

YouTube: Living Big In A Tiny House

First commercial camper builders, 1927.

Smart and Sustainable Living in the 21st Century. Big Advantages in Tiny Homes –  Diana Clement. 

More Kiwis are downsizing their lives into smaller spaces than they imagined. And despite the headlines, some are delighted to do so. It’s not about being squeezed into a shoebox because that’s all they can afford. An apartment, duplex or terraced home can be homely and it’s cheaper to run and has less maintenance. Building smaller homes means that Kiwis can still have the all important back yard on a smaller piece of land.

Two distinct groups of buyers are interested in these homes. One is young couples, who haven’t accumulated lots of belongings. The other is 50-60-something empty nesters who no longer wanted the responsibility of a rambling home.

Living in a smaller home isn’t necessarily commensurate with the exact reduction in size. A small home, uses clever design to make up for the lack of space.

Smaller homes have many advantages.

Even shipping containers are being turned into functional and smart small homes. Sometimes design allows two homes to be bolted together to expand the home as needs must or finance becomes available. That can be the case with container and modular homes.

NZ Herald

Tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, but they all enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space.

People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons include environmental concerns, financial concerns, and the desire for more time and freedom. For most Americans 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is dedicated to the roof over their heads; this translates to 15 years of working over your lifetime just to pay for it, and because of it 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

So what is the alternative? One solution might be to live smaller. While we don’t think tiny houses are for everyone, there are lessons to be learned and applied in order to escape the cycle of debt in which almost 70% of Americans are trapped.

Tiny house enthusiasm is a growing movement, that is for sure! It has helped people learn about another way to live their lives.

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