Brendan Hoare, Executive Chair and Founder of Econation2020 Trust
by Tim Lynch
By building an affordable tiny house on a trailer, you can move it along roads to land beyond the reaches of the city.
What is the next generation of tiny house going to be and feel and look like? This has been one of Bryce's drivers.
Want it designed to your specs and painted with colours that you choose?
A tiny house that is sophisticated having a kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom and toilet set up? With surround sound?
With its own plumbing and toilet holding tanks/ or composting toilet - as well as grey water tanks. Powered by mains as well as solar?
Being completely off the grid, generating electricity, catching rainwater, treating waste materials.
No fossil fuels like gas, instead powering with solar, ethanol and wood, as he has a wood burning stove with a wet back.
All building supplies are locally sourced from sustainable providers and at the end of their life they can all be composted or recycled.
Downsizing for housing security and financial freedom frees you up to pursue other avenues of creativity and experiencing life.
That starts off as a registered domestic trailer.
No longer than 12.5 metres, (longest in NZ is around 8 metres) no higher than 4.25 metres no wider than 2.5 metres and can't weigh more than 3.5 tonnes. Anything over 2 tonnes has to have automatic breaking systems.
Bryce is building one at present and has complied with all building codes, as if it was a house that did not have a trailer. The biggest reason, being to trail blaze the next generation of tiny homes here in NZ, and he wants to set a high standard.
A tiny house makes us look at how we divest ourselves of clutter and material objects that we have become attached too. It makes one become more zen, as we let go of many outer goods, toys and stuff.
It’s like living in a sacred space that is not conducive to living in a material world.
Note that less than 30% of New Zealanders will never afford the chance to own their own home, unless the housing market radically changes ...
A tiny house can assist you to increase the quality of your community life, whilst decreasing the size of your house and property.
This is about building your own sovereignty, becoming independent, within your own castle, not having to pay off a mortgage for 30 years, not be locked in a traffic snarl 2 hours a days going to and from a job, that if you don't like, you have no real connection too.
This ultimately is about building your freedom in a sustainable way that is not ecologically consuming.
The new housing revolution is called 'Living Big in a Tiny House' ...
Many new adherents to tiny houses are not gypsies but professionals, lawyers, accountants, people running small internet related companies, these people are savvy and sharp and want to become independent in a very short time span and not become sucked into the looming debt model.
And this is starting to appeal to growing numbers of aware people, living closer to their values ...
There is a big YouTube presence on what is happening in NZ too.
Facebook - Tiny House Design
Tim Lynch, is a New Zealander, who is fortunate in that he has whakapapa, or a bloodline that connects him to the Aotearoan Maori. He has been involved as an activist for over 40 years - within the ecological, educational, holistic, metaphysical, spiritual & nuclear free movements. He sees the urgency of the full spectrum challenges that are coming to meet us, and is putting his whole life into being an advocate for todays and tomorrows children. 'To Mobilise Consciousness.'
by Tim Lynch