Here’s what Anna had to say;
We decided to build a Tiny House to get out of traditional Christchurch flatting and into a properly insulated, warm, dry home. Our last flat had single glazed windows, water damage, leaks, and no wall insulation so we were keen to get out as soon as possible. As students, we couldn’t afford a traditional house so we built our own.
Our favourite house feature is our gear room for our bikes, surf boards, and climbing equipment. We also have a pretty sick shower. We managed to fit everything we wanted into 18sq metres. There are two sleeping lofts, a skylight for roof access, full kitchen, lounge, and a wood burner.
More students should look into sustainable or small living. It’s more affordable long term since you are investing your money in something you get to keep instead of throwing it away on rent. Plus, you get to be creative. If you want a home brew room or an indoor mini ramp, you could put one in!
We aren’t fully off the grid yet, but hope to be by the end of the year. Our house is wired for a 12v solar system, we just can’t afford the set up just yet so we are on mains for now. We used recycled windows and doors off Trademe and built with timber and wood products where we could. As forestry students, we wouldn’t consider anything else. We used redwood for framing to reduce the weight and internal and external ply for needed structure. Our house had to be driven down from Nelson so it needed to be strong.
A garden is on the list of to-dos. We would love a hot house for our cacti and hot peppers. I think we will be making some cabinet doors this weekend if the weather holds up.
We’ll be keep in touch with Anna and Stoph on their progress.