Our tiny house friends from New Zealand are at it again with another amazing tiny house tour.

Bryce Langston of Living Big in a Tiny House visits Brett Sutherland who just finished his 161 sq. ft. debt-free tiny home.

He was living in the Caribbean for many years and wanted to return home to New Zealand.

But Brett feared that if he had to rent a place to stay he’d lose all of his savings as soon as he returned home.

So instead of renting or buying a normal home, he looked into mortgage-free options and decided on building his own tiny mobile villa and named it the NV.

Brett’s NV Debt-free Tiny House in New Zealand

I encourage you to enjoy the rest of the tour (and video interview/tour with Brett the builder/dweller/artist) below:

Front and Back of Bryce’s DIY Tiny House

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Side View of the Tiny Villa on Wheels

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Kitchen

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Bathroom

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Stairs to the Loft

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Couch and Desk to Work

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Sleeping Loft Bedroom

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View from the Loft

Brett built it completely mortgage-free for just $17,514 USD and he plans on living and working in it since he is an artist.

Best of all, now he doesn’t have to waste all of his money on rent so he has more options to pursue his artistic career.

The space includes a built in couch, staircase to the loft, work desk, dining area, full kitchen and full bathroom.

Image credits: Living Big in a Tiny House

Video Tour of this 161 Sq. Ft. Off Grid $17k DIY Tiny House

Video: Brett Moves his Tiny House Off Grid at Bethells Beach

Read the original article at Living Big in a Tiny House.

Check out Bryce’s last tiny home tour in New Zealand in this post.

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Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he's the founding editor of TinyHouseTalk.com, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards simplicity.

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  • Sally

    Very nicely done! Steps instead of a ladder, a kitchen with great counterspace for all kinds of activities, a desk, and a loft with some lift. I’m sure someone will find something to fuss about, but this house seems to cover all the issues everyone finds difficult to overcome. Aesthetics, too. Congratulations on getting your priorities straight so that you can devote your time and resources to your art. Best wishes.

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  • Sally

    Another comment, bear with me: I rarely have time to look at the videos on here, and am so glad I did. It was great to see how the unusual roof-style gives the impression of airiness, instead of the usual claustrophobia-inducing pitch of most THs. The builder addressed this, and also showed a lot of other problem-solving, like the wheel wells (never thought of that!) I also learned a lot from watching how two people, one of whom is tall, moved around this TH without having to jump out of the way of the other. And the woodwork! Local New Zealand woods? I love the cozy THs, but this one has definitely given me something to think about. I could breathe in this one. Once again, stunning and wellcrafted. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Alex Pino

      Really glad you enjoyed it Sally, thanks

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  • Doris

    You forgot the camera girl, Sal. So it makes three people in the house. Thanks for the tip on the video. That loft! Didn’t realize it was off-grid til he showed the water storage. Very inventive. Sharing this one with friends who have claustrophobia and bad knees. No more excuses! Thanks to Alex and his friends. True craftsmanship.

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    • 2BarA

      A very clever design with a good loft, appears spacious and airy, nice
      staircase, lots of kitchen space and off-grid technology. Like the use of
      repurposed lumber which adds character. I’d give this TH an A+.

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    • Alex Pino

      Thanks Doris!

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  • Ellen

    I think what we are seeing in both this one and tinyhousebuild’s hOMe is tiny house 2.0. Many everyday living issues are being worked out with this generation of tiny homes. These are really well thought out designs. Clearly the roof line works much better than what we’ve seen a lot of in the past.

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  • Mary

    This tiny house and the video have convinced my husband that this is something we can definitely do. I love, love, love it. All I’d add is a washer/dryer. Otherwise, it’s pretty perfect as is.

    Now, we are starting to make our plans in earnest. So, thanks, Brett and Bryce and all the TH people out there who are such a huge inspiration. Maybe we’ll get our house featured on here someday. :)

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    • Alex Pino

      Thanks Mary glad that it was inspiring for you and your husband.

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  • maureen

    love this, are there plans for it?

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  • Corina

    Love the house!
    My question is twofold.
    It appears that this house is in someone’s driveway. Since the owner doesn’t have a vehicle is this where the house will stay?

    As for a composting toilet, which I use, I know that one needs to have a area to compost the waste. Does the owner of the house have that space?
    I love tiny house living, although I live in a yurt, but regulations allowing for permanent or long term temporary situations are still lagging behind
    Best to the builder and thanks for sharing

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  • ml

    Okay. I’m just going to say it (with respect to everyone). I HATE tiny houses on wheels. I respect that wheels are the optimal option for many of you, but they just aren’t relevant in our world. If we wanted a travel trailer, we’d be interested. But how about living in a static location for the long term? To me, that’s where tiny living makes the most impact. Can you please indicate “on wheels” when you highlight a story to spare us looking at an 8′ wide trailer that equates to “not an option” for at least some of us?

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  • libertymen

    Too tall to be road usable in the US?Other than that,its very nice,Love the stairs. Granite countertop in a very budget house,(Used lbr,) A dish washer,but no bathroom?
    Personal choice I guess.Good luck to him.

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    • Alex Pino

      There’s a bathroom :)

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      • Pete

        Do codes not require a hard separation between kitchen and bathroom ie. door / wall, as well as separate hand washing area?

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  • curt

    Love the Roof line- one of the better roofs I have seen- The loft looked really comfortable- liked the whole airflow thing. Once again I was reminded about building for your environment is key for a small house. If you needed to heat this space- under floor electrical radiant heat film would work- even a electric blanket or mattress pad. Having the ability to move the toilet bucket outside makes sense-(depending on the climate and neighbors) I would also would look into installing a shower head and valve on the outside of the building- In a tropical climate- keeping the moisture out of the structure wouldn’t hurt. Would add one more window- right by the table- so I could face out and eat dinner looking out the window.
    I do wonder if he has found a spot to park it-Was wondering if it was parked in the parents driveway and is on its way to a more remote location. I also have notice a lacking of blinds- for taking a nap during the hot part of the day- would be needed- and at night – sometimes you just need to shut the world away. This is one house that makes me go yes I might be interested in doing this.

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  • Brett Sutherland

    Hi all, I’ll try answer as many q’s I’ve seen posted as I can. For a start its called an MV Inlakesh- which is Mobile Villa. I built it in my parents driveway to tow away to a beach area property(moving it out on feb 20th). Its 4.17m high from the ground and 2.44m wide, 6m long plus a 1m deck. Its got ‘Roman’ blinds, look above the windows. No heating source as yet but am looking into small tea light candle solutions. It doesn’t freeze down here but it still gets cold. A wood stove is still too expensive for me right now but it would go where the bucket chair is by the door if I had one, maybe in the future. The composting toilet will be in use where I am moving it, until then the toilet in my folks house does me well. The bench tops are just formica(plastic laminate), not granite. behind the stairs are good storage for over-sized things, where else do you put musical instruments etc, and it also contains the 2 batteries. If it was turned into drawers then no space to put sax or drum. I am about to start redrawing the plans to make available, contact me via http://www.skinbonestone.com.
    I am really honored by all your comments and didn’t realize so many people felt the same issues I had with other designs. I knew I had a winner. Maybe I should put on offer my other ideas. Thank you everyone and good luck with your own- start now with a ‘wish list’, people have stuff in their garages for projects like ours and they dont want to throw them away, rather give to people like us. Just start it. Peace, Brett

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    • Alex Pino

      Thank you so much Brett!

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    • Dianna A.

      Hi Brett,
      Just wanted to say that your MV is, without a doubt, the best design (in my opinion) for actually living in a tiny house I’ve seen yet. It has the most spacious loft area, and your explanations on air flow made me re-think some misconceptions I had, and also on installing a 12V electrical system. Way to go! All the best.

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  • Mary J

    this tiny house has so much to offer the rest of us who have still to build our tiny houses. Clever use of the wheelwells – becoming a shelf under the desk or as a footstool – can always use one of those when sitting at the desk. The convertable space in the bathroom – either hang the curtain inside the bathroom to give more kitchen space or hang it out into the kitchen for more space in the bathroom – an option that would save me wondering if there’s enough wriggle room in either space now!! There could be an arrangement set up to draw the curtain along curved tracks rather than having to unhook it.
    The native timber is very beautiful too and adds a luxury touch without great expense….I’m not to keen on manmade options, rather go for the tree grown reuseable option. Love the stairs and the whole upstairs atmosphere, it looks immediately comfortable, doesn’t have the ‘shuffle myself into bed and attempt to get comfortable look’. Crossflow ventilation to keep the air fresh and cool while you’re sleeping. Hopefully, there will be plans available. One last thing – loved the side carved support to the foldaway table.

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  • Tina

    I recently moved from New Zealand to the US because I was feeling incredibly stifled, from lack of job opportunities to the ridiculous price of rent, I just couldn’t see my future being anything but limited. SO I moved away from my family to the land of opportunity and have started looking into building my own little place on a patch of land. I’m excited to be able to do what I love to make ends meet because I don’t have to worry about working a job I hate to pay the rent! I wish I had found out about tiny home living while I was still in NZ, although I believe in fate so I guess it was meant to happen this way! Thanks for sharing your home, I love your roof design and also your water storage :)

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  • Jamie

    Hello. I have researched tiny house living for almost ten years now and I’m about to make the leap!! I always find it amazing that you think you know exactly what you want and then you see something like this and suddenly everything you thought you loved is changed!!! This house is brilliant. The space. The shape. the windows. everything. Are the plans for sale? I love the interview at the end especially. after watching it I feel inspired and just so full of happiness and joy that I am not alone in this world of commercialism and McMansions!!

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  • Pang

    Hi Brett, you are talented, I like the way you build the house, simple, functioning, it’s tiny but it fit itself, it is the best design among all tiny houses that i saw, friendly color tone of the house that feel wanting to stay inside for the whole day, feel coming back home when out :) I wish I could learn from you, hope to have my own like yours.

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    • Alex

      Hey glad you liked it

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  • Debbra W

    Where are the rails for the stairs? Make those stairs safe! What if a pregnant wife falls down the stairs because she can’t see over her belly and tends to tip forward. Wouldn’t you like to make the grandmother or grandfather who has a bad moment and falls down four steps and fractures vertebrae more safe? Do you want to get sued because this one practical thing is not in the design? I wouldn’t buy any tiny home that was unsafe in this manner.

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