↟ Break Away Tale NR 139 // @buildingtinyauckland

Hi I’m Kate! My husband Willem and I live on Waiheke Island in New Zealand. 

This tiny house is our first home. We decided to build one as a way we could get a foot on the property ladder without having a huge mortgage. The cost of housing skyrocketed in Auckland and we couldn’t afford to buy a house so we started looking into different housing options. When I saw a friends tiny house I was hooked straight away! Building a tiny meant that we could afford to buy more land and it was a way for us to get out of renting and save money.⠀

We designed our house (Willem works in architecture) and a friend of ours from@gaiaconstruction built it. We then bought a section for the house to go on after saving money living with family for a year.⠀

We have been living in the house for the last 6 months and are loving it! We don’t find the small space to be an issue at all, the high ceilings and the way we designed it makes the space seem larger than it is. The beauty of designing our own tiny home is that we could design it to meet our needs.⠀

We are wanting to start a family soon so having a downstairs study that we can convert into a nursery was something we needed, i love to cook so having a large kitchen was more important than a bigger lounge area etc. We realise our home won’t meet our needs forever so we think of it as a stepping stone into a larger family home in the future. By then the tiny house will be a great Air B&B or teenage hang out space when our kids are older!⠀

The house measures 7.6m long x 2.4m wide x 4.25m high. ⠀
It has everything in it that a normal house does just by using smart storage. ⠀

We wouldn’t call ourselves minimalists, I love to collect things! But It definitely make me question if I need to buy something or not! So it really saves us a lot of money 😊⠀

My advice is that you don’t always have to do what everyone else is doing, do your own thing, think outside the box and live the way you want to live. ⠀
It’s a wonderful journey!⠀