STUFF on Tiny Houses


Feb 27 Tiny house a lesson in living simply


March 23 Living large …thinking small

June 24 Couple warm and dry in tiny ‘super shack’

July 21 Small, simple, genius: The tiny $35k house

August 18 The tiny house movement

August 30 Tiny home at a tiny price


April 13 What it’s like living in a 14sqm tiny house

April 17 Could you live in an 8-square-metre house?

April 22 ‘Tiny houses’ the way of the future

September 5 Tiny houses ‘wow’ and inspire alternative living (see staircase)

October 19 Big hopes for Piha tiny house built by three sisters

December 11 Tiny home is where the heart is for New Plymouth couple


May 27 Family with tiny house on wheels looking for Christchurch home

July 13 Tougher rules for shipping containers and tiny homes in Christchurch

July 15 US family reveals what it’s like to live in a minuscule 24.8 square-metre house

August 23 Admire Magazine: Peter and Heather Jameson’s tiny house in Blenheim

September 23 Queenstown woman has solution to housing crisis, make them tiny

December 20 Waimate a location for the tiny house movement


January 9 A tiny house built on big idea

January 16 David and Goliath: a tiny but effective solution to big house prices

January 21 Why this super-tall TV star has built a tiny house

January 23 Tiny home frees up money for a retirement of travel and surfing

January 25 Tiny house movement: Instagram’s best

January 28 Canterbury University couple builds tiny house to escape damp

February 7 School teacher built her own tiny house and learned a few new skills

February 15 Tiny house devotees could take a cue from this skinny house in Japan

February 16 Student couple tow tiny house from Nelson to Christchurch

March 10 Tiny container house becomes first to achieve 8 Homestar rating

May 2 George Clarke follows young couple’s tiny house build in Raglan

May 3 Tiny house build for Raglan throws up a challenge, or two

May 4 Raglan tiny house is finished, and Amazing Spaces’ George Clarke loves it

May 8 Turning to tiny for a first home under $100,000

May 8 Tiny house challenge needs bigger space

June 8 Is this simply the best tiny house you’ve ever seen?

June 8 Why I am over the tiny house movement

June 28 The Queenstown home built for $26,500

June 28 Living the simple life in a Waiheke tiny house

August 22 Wanaka architect’s personal tiny house solution to housing debt burden

August 22 Tiny chances to find a section for a tiny house in Queenstown

September 13 Millennials find tiny house an answer to Auckland’s housing shortage

September 13 Tiny house shows off big talent at Marlborough college

September 17 Their damp, overpriced rental was harming his daughter, so he built her a new house for $4200

September 22 Tiny house development among seven Special Housing Areas approved in Nelson

September 25 When is a tiny house something more?

October 4 13-year-old builds his own ‘starter home’

October 5 How tiny dogs live in a tiny house

October 6 Johnny Moore: Let’s have a tiny house community on an empty central Christchurch lot

October 8 Tiny house on show at Waikato Home & Garden Show

October 13 Building tiny houses to create jobs for Taumarunui youth

October 24 Enduro mountainbiker hangs up helmet for tiny house business

October 25 Tiny home that’s a ‘castle’ is surprisingly spacious inside

November 8 Tiny house community proposed for Christchurch red zone

November 9 Tiny house community in red zone could show way forward on housing problems

November 10 Family of five love their tiny house, and they’re going to home school

November 10 Nelson’s tiny house initiative has potential to help solve big problem

November 16 George Clarke shows how to build a DIY tiny house for $50k and offers a few tips

November 21 Tiny house on wheels for sale racks up 26,000 hits and counting

December 10 Tiny homes wheel around building codes

December 16 Tiny solution for big housing problems

December 29 Top six tiny houses that captured our hearts in 2017


January 9  Tiny homes with novel space-saving solutions are here to stay

January 24 Simple living on a teeny scale

February 4 Danica Jones and Nick Tunnell’s Raglan tiny house

February 11 Tiny home: life in a 1970 Bedford house truck with the Extravaganza Fair

February 24 Simple living on a teeny scale Apiti!!!

February 27 This tiny home in South Africa gives the term new meaning

March 1  Life in a tiny house with a tiny tot

March 4 The future of NZ housing is prefabs, and 180,000 ‘tiny’ homes

March 5 Is tiny living really so terrific?

A Hard Week

Sunday – Jane and Hazel sanding and filling, John & kids to Vinegar Hill. John and Hannah take kids back to Jean’s for dinner.
Monday – Jane and Hazel finish sanding and filling, John bringing over wood, etc. Hannah and Jack oil floor. ??? Everyone goes for a swim at the town pool.
Tuesday – Hazel takes sander back to hirepool. Build most of 3 walls, end day by spreading tarpaulin over floor and tuck around wall studs. Not the best. Hazel takes boys and Hannah back to Jeans, then comes back to help for a bit. John & Jane Stay the night in the van at Hunterville.
Wednesday – Finish framing French Door, top plate all round, building paper, top sheets of ply (1/3 of a sheet). Get tarpaulin over roof. Hannah mopped floor, we slipped around in the mud to the light of the quad until about 10pm.
Thursday – Straighten and tack sheets on West wall.
Friday – To the doctor
Saturday – Paul rides over, from 2:30 to 8pm. Get West wall done, straighten and tack sheets on South wall
Sunday – 10 to 3pm, Straighten North wall, get big sheets up, including around door. Do all top sheets along North side.

Hedge Laying

Could mix Hazel, Tasmanian Blackwood, Lacebark, Black Walnut, Mulberry (they make excellent stock fodder though, very high in protein)?
What are Honey Locusts? Apparently they can be food for humans AND animals.
Black Locust looks better; no thorns?

A living fence is a permanent hedge tight enough and tough enough to serve almost any of the functions of a manufactured fence, but it offers agricultural and biological services a manufactured fence cannot. For instance, it provides “edge habitat” that supports ecological diversity. As more species (insects, spiders, toads, snakes, birds and mammals) find food and refuge in this habitat, natural balances emerge, yielding, for example, a reduction of rodents and crop-damaging insect populations.

Depending on the plant or tree species you choose, living fences can provide food and medicine or fodder for your livestock. Your animals will also enjoy the shade of a dense hedge. The foliage of some hedge plants, such as elder and Chinese chestnut, contains more protein than the quintessential protein forage crop, alfalfa. Willow and honey locust also make good fodder

40 plessage
How to grow your child a living den or playhouse from willow or other plants

Sustainable Growth

Sustainable Growth

The notion that, not only is there a machine that never stops, but one that actually keeps accelerating. Forever.

Bracing for table

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The little digger goes home

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Drains are laid

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The start of the shower

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The Bennetts pay a visit

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Sam has a look

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