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Family of Five’s Tiny House Life in New Zealand

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  • redfish
    November 11, 2017, 10:19 am

    You can throw stones at me, but I think not enough privacy for the kids is not good!

    • redfish
      November 11, 2017, 10:21 am

      …and the kids room is already crowded and the kids will grow!

      • El
        November 12, 2017, 11:22 am

        That’s precisely why they are building another home. Says so in the article.

  • Tom Osterdock
    November 11, 2017, 10:58 am

    The house is fine for the moment but very soon they will need an additional Tiny for the kids. They will not stay this size very long. They better start planning and building the additional kids wing Tiny.

    • James D.
      November 11, 2017, 1:26 pm

      No worries there Tom, they already have plans to make a THOW next and this is actually their second Tiny House and it’s smaller than the first one when they only had two kids.

      They just optimized it for their present needs and are fully prepared to go to a third later as their needs change… They’re just doing this because it fits their present needs and budget but it was never intended as their forever home.

      The father is a cabinet maker, runs “Le Workshop” and he designed and build the house, mother is a pottery maker and gives piano lessons, and the kids even pitch in by raising and selling baby rabbits that gives them a “rabbit funds account”…

      Part of the workshop grants them a large garage, where they keep a lot of their stuff they don’t need every day, like seasonal clothing, etc. and they even grow some of their own food on the property.

      • Tom Osterdock
        November 11, 2017, 1:49 pm

        Hey James, Glad to hear they are doing just as I suggested. I figured they had to have something in the works. No one with kids could think that arrangement was good forever.

  • Marsha Cowan
    November 12, 2017, 10:08 am

    Wow. . .are we a spoiled nation or what? Some of our forefathers slept across a full sized bed with three other people until they were fully grown and on their own. I slept that way at my grandmother’s house until I went to college where I had a whole twin bed to myself! Didn’t hurt me to live that way, won’t hurt these kids to grow up close together in space either. As they get older, they will hardly be at home or around each other each day because of there academic or social lives. Sleeping in their own bunk, but close enough to talk and catch up at night is a privilege. We need to allow people to express their heritages without criticizing because it is not what we think it should be. Those bunk beds are a piece of art! The whole house is spacious and open and a wonderful place to raise kids until they leave for college. It is more than 47% of our American families have. We have many multimember families living together in mobile homes smaller than this house. Let’s clean up in America before we criticize how people live abroad.

    • Tom Osterdock
      November 12, 2017, 11:38 pm

      Or What, Marsha. I am glad that you did not mind sleeping as a 15yr old with your two teenage brothers in a bed the size of a twin bed. I do not want that for my kids and that is what we are talking about. This age it is fine but when they are teenagers it has to change and probably before that.

      • Marsha Cowan
        November 13, 2017, 12:02 am

        To assume that I shared a bed with boys is pretty low. I slept with girls of course, and their daughter is not sleeping in a bed with brothers either. She has her own bunk. I was just trying to say that we should not criticize the living arrangements of others just because it is not what we are used to here in America, and that there a lot of people in our country who have to share beds to keep from freezing at night, but they have no choice. Take a pill, Tom. Calm down.

        • Tom Osterdock
          November 13, 2017, 12:32 am

          Sorry Marsha, I knew you did not and that is what we were talking about. It is not proper so you need to chill, I am sorry I did not make it clear enough for you and you jumping to conclusions about what I meant. These kids are not all boys or girls they are a mix in a space the size of a twin bed. When they get older and you know as well as I do it is just around the corner they will be to big to all sleep in a space that small and it does not matter what the frontiersmen did in the 17 and 1800s. This is another day and a brighter one.

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