If you are looking into buying or building a Tiny House, what better way to find out if you like the lifestyle than testing it out for a couple nights! It's a great way to find out if the space is going to be an issue for you, what features you like, what you would change, and to collate ideas for your own build. Or you could just be looking for some unique accommodation ideas in NZ!
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Located in KatiKati, this amazingly designed Tiny House called 'The Millennial' is built by Build Tiny who is a Tiny House Builder.
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You may recognise this home from when they were featured on TV news and through several media outlets.
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You can stay in this Tiny Home from $97NZD per night. You can book on the Tauranga Tiny House Accommodation on AirBnB here.
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Based in Piha with beautiful views of the beach this Tiny House was designed by Shaye from diyhousebuilding.com and is called 'Doris Jean'.
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This accommodation is perfect for a family wanting a beach getaway. The 'Doris Jean' Tiny House Plans are also available for purchase. So if you like it, you can build your own!
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Prices start from $96NZD per night. Click here to visit the Piha Tiny House Accommodation on Air BnB.
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Located in Marton this Tiny House is known as 'Colonial Tiny House' and is set on farmland surrounded by native bush.
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Many of the materials used in creating this Tiny House were upcycled or reclaimed!
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The Colonial Tiny House can sleep up to 4 adults cosily with one double bed in the loft and one pull out couch bed downstairs. Prices start from $119 NZD per night. Click here to visit the Marton Tiny House Accommodation on Air BnB.
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You will find this gorgeous green Tiny House aptly named 'The Greenhouse' located close to Lake Taupo, botanical gardens, and a 5 minutes drive from the highly popular 'Debretts' hot pools.
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The layout of this home is so clever, that it makes the 7.6mx2.4m floor area feel super spacious.
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'The GreenHouse' comfortably sleeps 2 adults and prices start from $106NZD per night. Click here to view the Taupo Tiny House Accommodation on Air BnB.
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Located in New Plymouth this Tiny House named 'The Matchbox' is situated near a second Tiny House which is home to the owners of this airbnb accommodation.
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A cool feature about 'The Matchbox' is that it runs on solar power. Also, if you aren't into lofts, this could be the Tiny House for you, the bed is ground level and it slides away 2/3rds which means it nicely doubles as a couch to save space.
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The hammock in the porch area makes for a perfect spot to lay back and relax, especially with the tilt windows wide open! Prices start from $95NZD per night. Click here to see the New Plymouth Tiny House AirBnB.
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This post is in no way sponsored. Just some cool houses I spotted on AirBnB. I haven't stayed at any...YET, except I have walked through the Kati Kati, and Taupo homes which are both beautiful. Check out the reviews on AirBnB for accurate feedback on these places. From what I could see at the time of posting this blog, every single one of these places have had great feedback!
A lot of people ask me what we do for internet, and today is the day I answer that question. We are off-grid so we can't connect to fibre, or VDSL. We could rack up our phone data, however that would cost a small fortune with how much data we use. Use internet toggles which again equates to a small fortune plus limited data. The final option, and what seemed to me like the best option is 3G/4G RBI Wireless.
That's where Wireless Nation comes in. They provide a "plug and play" option, where they send you a configured modem usually within 2 working days, and all you have to do is plug it in and connect to it! If you're in 'Plug and Play' coverage you don't have to wait for installers to come around or wait ages for the connection to go through which is a happy bonus. (I have had many an experience with waiting months for a simple connection).
There are a few service providers which can provide 4G Broadband, however many are limited to only 100GB which may suit your situation, but we personally are high internet users. Wireless Nation provides the highest data pack I have found amongst other telco providers. The 2 biggest packs consist of 200GB (4G) or 350GB (3G). Data pack add-ons and custom plans are also available if you need more data.
The other benefit about Wireless Nation is they allow you to travel with your modem, so if you were to decide to move your Tiny House to the next location after a few months or years, you can just bring your modem with you.
We switched providers as with the last provider we kept having to pay for add-on data packs, and they were not good at answering calls. Wireless Nation are not as huge as some of the other providers therefore they can offer a better more personalised service. I found them very easy to talk to and down to earth in comparison when ordering our connection. Last but not least, you have the option to have an open term contract (you'll need to purchase modem), so you aren't locked in to 12 or 24 month contracts.
I have teamed with Wireless Nation to provide my Tiny House followers an exclusive offer.
Click here to find out the offer.
Forget plastic free July, you don't need a specific month, day, or time to start making change. You can simply decide in one moment and action change in the next! Any change is positive too, whether you want to make a small but conscious effort to bring reusable bags to the supermarket or to the extreme of not touching a piece of plastic. Let's just start off by saying we aren't perfect zero waste people, but we are on a journey to making positive changes!
Before living in a Tiny House Jake and I had a certain level of eco-consciousness, since he works for an organic mattress and furniture, and I run an eco-friendly craft small business on the side.
However, since living in a Tiny House, it has made us much more environmentally aware, and by default we are leaving a smaller environmental footprint. We create our own power using Solar Panels, and a small wind turbine (see Tiny House Solar Packages for more details), collect some of our own water (we aren't fully self sufficient here yet), we compost food scraps, take recycling to Jakes work or the recycling centre, and we have a composting toilet.
Instantly by being off-grid we were much friendlier, the resources used to create our home was much less than a standard home as well, and also less waste. We are still not the perfect eco pair, but we are making choices into creating less waste.
These are some recent products we have chosen and received to help us along on our journey to less waste:
Reuseable Grocery bags - Plastic bag replacers
Tote & Produce Bags from ReUsed.
This beautiful Tote and produce bags above are from a small NZ Business called ReUsed. Handmade from recycled/reused materials by the clever Courtenay Feck. They are beautiful and strong, and the produce bags can be used for fruit, veggies, nuts and grains. Click here to see here to see her full range of reusable products. She even sent it packaged in 100% zero waste packaging!
You could also DIY your own Tote bags out of old T-Shirts. I made one without the need for any sewing, and it's a great small "keep in handbag" type tote. To see how I made it click here to go through to my the video on my insta page.
Bread Bags from BagItUpBags
These handmade bags are made by a lady named Ella, from her small business called BagItUpBags. These bags in particular are "Large Bread Bags" which she sells on etsy. They are perfect to keep bread fresh for longer. A tip I received from someone in a zerowaste facebook group, was to ask if the supermarket could put one of their freshly baked loaves into your own bag, or you could go to your local bakery and use this bag.
I haven't done this yet, but it is on the to do list. Up until now I have just been collecting the plastic bread bags for drop off in the soft plastic recycling bins at the local Pak-n-Sav. These bread bags are also multipurpose and can also be used for flour, chia seeds or other bulk bin selection options. You can replace those snaplock plastic bags for these instead, and then transfer into containers when you get home to reuse or simple store the food in the bag until it's been eaten. Ella also packaged these in a brown paper envelope with a handwritten address to also be 100% zero waste packaged.
To see her full range of eco products click here!
Reuseable food wraps - Glad wrap alternative
Small Reusable Food Wrap from Honeywrap
These reusable food wraps are made from beeswax covered fabric, and can be used to replace what you would usually use glad wrap for such as wrapping sandwiches, covering bowls in the fridge, or even wrapping up some snacks!
Honeywrap was the brain child of three friends and eco conscious Mums named Tara, Jo and Amy. They handmake each of the products themselves, and their latest range includes custom designed fabric! See full range here!
Just like the last two small business, these honeywraps arrived in ecofriendly packaging that I just popped into the compost bin.
Bamboo Toothbrushes - Plastic tooth brush replacement
Bamboo Toothbrushes from Mama Bear
Instead of those plastic toothbrushes from the supermarket, how about trying a bamboo tooth brush. These are from a small business Mum who sells a range of eco and organic products called Mama Bear. It's not a surprise she has these in her range as her husband is a dental hygienist. These tooth brushes are biodegradable and all the packaging is also compostable. Unlike some other bamboo toothbrushes on the market these have a range of colours at the bottom so you can tell who's brush is whose.
These may take a bit of getting used to for some as they are extra soft. She says that her husband wouldn't let her sell anything harder, as he recommends these to be the best firmness for healthy teeth and gums. Check out her full range here!
what are your faves?
Leave in the comments below other zero waste alternatives you love to use.
OPTION 1: Pay a company to move it for you!
If you are only moving it once and a while, instead of purchasing an expensive vehicle just so you can move your house, you can pay a business to move it when you need to.
For this option, just make sure to check out the contract, and make sure your Tiny House has insurance and is covered in the case of them accidentally damaging it. One person recently paid someone to move her home and unfortunately she was left with a damaged house, and a very expensive bill to fix it with the company claiming no liability. Easy to avoid, just make sure to have it in writing they will cover damages in case of an accident. If they don't agree, then find someone else!
OPTION 2: Hire a rental vehicle
You could hire a vehicle with a towing capability of 3500kg to move your Tiny House. You would just need to check with the company you are hiring from that they are ok with you using it for this purpose. Also double check that even if the vehicle is capable of towing 3.5 tonne, the tow bar installed is also rated to handle that weight.
OPTION 3: Borrow a friends vehicle
If you have a friend that owns a vehicle which can tow up to 3.5 tonne, and they are happy to let you borrow it to move your home... SCORE!
They may be happy with a box of beers or dinner in exchange.
Just make sure you are insured to drive their vehicle, or maybe get them to temporarily add your name to their insurance company and when you will be driving. As well as the standard car insurance, make sure you have roadside assist or cover for your tiny house on the road.
OPTION 4: Borrow a friend of a friends vehicle
If none of your friends have a vehicle that can tow, or they don't want to let you use their car, you could put out a post on facebook asking around if anyone of your friends knows anyone with a car capable of towing 3.5 tonnes.
Maybe offer up something in exchange for borrowing their vehicle.
Same rules apply with making sure you have insurance with this option.
OPTION 5: Buy a vehicle that can tow!
I would only really recommend this option if you are planning on towing around your Tiny House all the time, as the vehicles with this towing capacity are certainly up there in price! However, if it is your intention to travel around in your house, or you wanted one of these vehicles anyway, it would be worth it!
VEHICLES THAT CAN TOW A TINY HOUSE:
Ford Ranger XL - 3500kg
Nissan Nivara - 3500kg
Toyota Land Cruiser 70s Series - 3500kg
Toyota Land Cruiser 200 VX
Isuzu Dmax - 3500kg
Nissan Patrol Ti - 3500kg
Nissan Patrol VK56VD - 3500kg
Mazda BT-50 - 3500kg
As mentioned earlier, make sure the tow bar is also rated to tow the required weight, you don't want to accidentally rip the towbar off!
To find more vehicles capable of towing a Tiny House, check the towing ratings here!
Hopefully you have found this helpful! Feel free to share around, or comment below with more ideas!
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From the experience of living in our Tiny House with my husband since Dec last year, I have devised a few tips to help you with living more happily in your Tiny House with a partner.
When designing your Tiny Home, I think it is a good idea to make sure that the lights above loft can be separate to the lights above living space. If you or your other half wish to go to bed before the other, you can turn off the light in the loft, and your partner can still have the lights on in the lounge. I have many times gone to bed before Jake, and being able to darken the loft has been awesome. It really feels like it separates the two areas. If you are super sensitive to light you can also
wear an eye mask, however for me personally, I struggle to sleep with something attached to my face.
2 way light switches where you can control the lights in the loft and downstairs is also a good way to avoid the debate on who has to go downstairs and turn off the lights!
Investing in a pair of noise cancelling headphones/ear plugs (or any good headphones) can make living in a small space with someone else that much more enjoyable. If you like to watch individual programs, or one person is in relax mode, and the other person is in DIY mode for example, you can block it all out!
Have your own space!
Have separate spaces in your Tiny House where you can just chill by yourself if you want to. Be it at a desk, on the couch, in the loft. Have a retreat area just for you. You'll be living in close proximity to your other half, which is nice for the most part, but having your own space keeps it from being "too much of a good thing..."
My space is in the loft, and Jake's got the couch in the lounge. He has never been forced to sleep on it, so we must be doing something right! ;) ;).
I have medical conditions that put me in bed a lot, so naturally my space ended up in the loft, however you can really create loft areas to be great hang out spaces. I have recently seen designs where the second loft has a full on desk and chair, and also a beanbag. Another design had a TV, and a bunch of cushions to cuddle up on. Something to think about when you are designing your own Tiny House.
Try and stay on top of laundry! Some onto it people have limited clothes in their Tiny Houses, so they don't have many clothes to store, and reuse clothes until they really need to wash them.
We on the other hand, both sometimes work with wood, Jake every single day #tradielife. So sometimes go through a couple outfits a day, and as it is super muddy at the moment on the land where we are parked, our clothes generally only make single use. Someone recently suggested overalls which may be a good idea... if I could convince Jake to wear them. If you do not keep on top of washing, you may trip up over it. In our home, we don't have much room or many spots to store dirty clothes. So, if we let it slide by a for a few days (which I'm not going to lie, it does happen!), it ends up taking up space in the kitchen or bathroom, of which we keep needing to slide out the way to access things. Sometimes it is inevitable when the laundry stacks up, for example when I have a few crook days in a row, or if there is something wrong with power/water supply. Fortunately, we have managed to fit a full size washing machine in our house (I'd fully recommend this), so it's not too hard to catch up, and if we do keep up with washing, we can store dirty laundry inside it until it's full, and then put it on.
Laundry Pulley Rack
Now you have your laundry sussed, you need somewhere good to dry it. If it's summer, it's no problem, you could just hang outside. If it's winter and you haven't got a decent covered outdoor area, then you need to dry your clothes inside. If you use the standard drying racks, it will take up so much of your living space. We have been there done that, and it literally eats up your hang out area, and walk about space. We even had guests over once, my clothes were still wet, and it was pouring with rain, so I couldn't take the rack down or put it outside. The guests could hardly reach the couch, and had to sit on the stairs. Not cool... in comes the pulley rack idea. I'd seen a couple about and they were super expensive, so I figured it wouldn't be too hard to make. I was right, and we were able to make one quite affordably out of Jake's wood scraps and disassembling a bike pulley system. If you want to make one, I put up some instructions here about how we did it.
This freed up all the living space, dried our clothes much faster, and got the clothes out of eye level. I'm much less embarrassed to have clothes drying up in the roof, out of the way, than people tripping over clothes horses in the living room! Since we are washing clothes all the time, we constantly have clothes drying, so the clothes horse just wasn't going to cut it!
Have your clothes in an easy accessible place without having to disturb your partner in the mornings. If you have to climb over your significant other to grab your clothes, chances are you have chosen a bad spot to put your clothes, and it will soon get old. Unless you just get used to it..
We have ours in custom sized loft drawers that we made. The drawers can easily open, and you can access them without climbing over each-other. Stair's is also a good place to store clothes or in a downstairs closet.
Hand Sanitiser or Rinse Free Soap
If you have a water pump because you are off-grid, you will note that the pump can be quite noisy. If you need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, running the tap may just wake up your partner. A simple solution to this issue is simply having on hand some hand-sanitiser, or rinse free soap. No need for water, no chance of waking up your partner. Also, if you are someone who may get thirtsy in the middle of the night, have a prefilled water bottle handy!
I suggest choosing a loo which you don't have to empty every week, which is most standard bucket systems. It will get old quickly, unless it's a task that doesn't both you, in which case ignore what I said. We have a composting toilet that lasts around 2-3 weeks before requiring emptying, and even that feels like it comes round rather quick! If you can take turns between who empties it each time, that would be the ideal situation. Instead of the "whoever is the last to use it when it's full empties it", it's a competition, you don't want to push to the limits!
Those are a few tips which I feel could make your lives in a Tiny House with someone better, obviously we are all different, and these are suggestions based on my own experiences, what suits us may not suit you. Take out of it what you want. If you have any other suggestions to add, please comment below.
I started this blog a while back, as you may note from the date of my first blog post, however I had different intentions for the website when I first created it, so never publically posted a link to it anywhere, and continued just doing blogish style posts on my facebook page. The format of a facebook page isn't ideal, as people can't as easily find information they may be looking for. So after much procrastination, I have finally gotten around to putting up this site. I am no web developer, and I've made it all myself, so no doubt there are some errors and flaws but I'm glad it's finally up!
Hopefully with the benefit of a search bar, and categories to peruse through you will find what you are looking for much easier!
You will note that I have a list of Tiny House products, all of which are affiliate products of mine. I have teamed with companies that have had multiple positive feedback within the Tiny House Community or products we have had first hand experience with. I have tried to negotiate with each one to provide you with some sort of benefit when you go through my site to use them like a discount or a freebie. Truth be told I am actually the worst customer, I very rarely pay full price for anything (except handmade items), and love negotiating bargains for my friends and family, and now I'm doing that on a much larger scale, in which I can negotiate deals for Tiny Housers plus get paid for it at the same time! So if you purchase products using my codes, you get some sort of benefit, I get a bonus from whichever company you purchase from (which means I get to keep on doing what I enjoy which is writing, talking and making videos about Tiny Houses), plus the business I'm affiliated with gets more business. That's what I call a Win/Win/Win!
Have a browse through my site, let me know if I have made any boo boos (there is bound to be a few), and let me know what you think of my new site! I know it's not perfect, my grammar certainly isn't on point (didn't pay enough attention in English class) but it's certainly a start!
Thanks for reading.
Hello Tiny Housers
I've not done much blogging before but thought why not give it a go. Here is a story of our bumpy start into Tiny House Living.
We have now been living in our Tiny House since just before Xmas. We first approached a Tiny House company about building our home in August and in September the build was underway. We were renting at the time of it getting built and the builder had committed to have the house out in 3 weeks. We had organised to be out of our rental in 3 weeks, as our flatmate had just moved out, and paying for a whole house, and servicing a loan for a Tiny House was a bit much financially. 3 weeks came and our house wasn't ready, it was promised in another week. We managed to convince our awesome landlord (at the time) to let us stay fr another week. The week passed and our house still wasn't ready, and we were committed to leave by this time as they had new people coming in. We then moved into a hotel which was thankfully covered by the builders. We were in a state of limbo, and living out of our suitcases, with all our belongings tucked into a storage container. We didn't know how long we would be there for, and figured it would just be a week or maybe 2 at worst. 4 months past!
Our beautiful Tiny House arrived just before Xmas, and we were still so excited to see it and partially relieved because we were starting to think it wasn't coming. We had pretty much everything built with the company except for the stairs, flooring, and kitchen, as we wanted to complete some of the build ourselves.
The house arrived fairly late at night, I think around 10pmish and so naturally we stayed up until around 2am installing part of our Kitchen! Jake had put a single foam mattress up in the loft, and we grabbed a couple sleeping bags and camped out for the night outside Jake's work.
The next day we were able to complete more of the kitchen, and then we borrowed a ute to tow our new house to our land! Adventure as seen on youtube...
It was so nice to be out of that hotel, and instead of a view of concrete, we had the best view of lush green paddocks, trees and horses!
Hi, I'm Kasia, and I'm living in a Tiny House with my husband Jake and so far loving it. It does come with it's adventures!