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New Zealand Woman Lives Simply in 121 Sq. Ft. Tiny House

I like knowing that small houses are gaining momentum in other parts of the world and this tiny house that has just been accepted into this eco-friendly and sustainable community in New Zealand proves that the demand for smaller homes is continuing to grow.

In this post, Bryce Langston and Melissa Nickerson take us on a journey to a place called EarthSong Eco-Neighbourhood in Auckland, New Zealand where this woman is living the simple life in her mortgage-free 121 square foot tiny house on wheels.

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Where would I put a mobile micro-home if I did build or buy one?” this video is one way to answer that question.

As you’ll see below, this community is full of sustainably designed homes and micro homesteads with permaculture and farming in place.

And now it is home to one of New Zealand’s first trailer tiny homes with a seemingly wonderfully happy owner/dweller. The micro home was built using Tumbleweed’s plans.

Eco-Community Accepts It’s First Tiny House

Isn’t it great to see the idea catching on around the world?

I find it encouraging and hope to continue seeing it gain momentum.

This way we can begin seeing tiny living communities being developed and legal tiny living lots being offered in areas where they are desired by people like us.

Enjoy the rest of the photo tour and video tour of this home and the Eco-Community it’s in below:

Interior of this New Zealand Tiny Home


Living Room

Storage and Closet Space

Sleeping Loft

Video Tour: Tiny House on Wheels in New Zealand Eco Community

The house is 16.4′ x 7.38′ or approximately 121 sq. ft. of space without including the upstairs sleeping loft.

Read the original article here. Watch the video on YouTube here.

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  • Terri
    March 11, 2014, 10:45 pm

    This house has a lot more storage than some of the bigger ones I have seen. Think I would use more baskets or storage containers for the clothes at least. What is the thing hanging on the wall in the kitchen? Looks kinda like a shutter. Think it might be a drying rack. I don’t want to give up the things that I think are necessities, ie. tv, microwave, oven, coffee pot. Think it might be a drying rack. The problem is, as I have said before, what the township, county allows. I know in my area you can’t live in anything that has wheels; ladders are not allowed either. In my township, unless you are in a trailer park, you have to have over a certain square footage. Also, I have no knowledge of how you take care of the waste of a composting toilet. Could someone explain that to me?

  • Wendy Horrell
    March 11, 2014, 10:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful tiny home. I like your configuration of seated, table and paper storage benches. For people who think you might have something happen to prevent you sleeping lock. Not… If they paid attention… You can pull all of your padded stare boxes to frame in a bed.
    I live it… But must 0f all… Appreciate your sharing it with us. Blessings be and enjoy being simply abundant.. Thank you…

  • jake
    April 14, 2016, 9:51 pm

    Very nice. Especially like the seating/working/eating area.

    Also, FYI, the IRC minimum for a habitable space is 70 sf. (note: “Habitable” has a specific definition and does not include water closet space.) The ICC IRC’s trademark is “people helping people build a safer world.”. They decided their minimum standard of 120 sf had no scientific basis, and was more about subjective taste than safety, so they changed it to 70 sf. So, some progress is being made. More is needed.

  • Kathy
    April 15, 2016, 1:01 am

    Usually I look at tiny houses under 160 sf only to see if they have any clever ideas to emulate. But this time, I feel like this house, at only 121 sf, has everything you could want, except possibly a staircase. I agree with others who noted that the seating and eating space is cleverly arranged, and that the loft is a little tight in the headroom department. But the latter is easily fixed be a dormer on one side or both. It is overall really snug and comfortable looking, and I love it. Nice job!!

  • Lisa Hartford
    April 16, 2016, 3:20 pm

    I’m a really big fan of the seating arrangement that converts from a banquette to a bed or a dining table with seating for four. I’ve always seen this as wonderful.

    I do, however, have a problem with open shelving. Unless one is a true minimalist in their lifestyle, the results are always the same; shelves dripping with ‘stuff’. Better to lose and inch or two and put doors on all shelving; it really looks so much better.

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