09/21 New Zealander says that living in her tiny house was “actually awesome”.

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher's tiny house

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their “tiny house” themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician.

A Taupo, NZ couple are considering building and selling “tiny houses” for a living after their own tiny house gained attention when it went up for sale.

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher, both 28, built their 7m x 3m home themselves with the help of YouTube, only hiring a plumber and electrician.

The mini-abode is open plan, containing a small kitchen, bathroom, living room, and loft-style bedroom. It has both a staircase and a climbing wall up to the loft, cupboards with room for a washing machine, insulation and double glazing.

They have been living in the house for 10 months, but are moving on after they received an offer on their land that they couldn’t refuse.

The house cost $45,000 to build, and they have now sold it and its attachable deck for $81,000.

“We thought it was time for us to move on . . . it’s quite sad to leave,” Bowen said.

Land was hard to come by, and they hadn’t found somewhere new they could take the house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

They hoped to own another tiny house in the future, she said.

“It’s definitely not the end of our tiny house journey.”

Bowen said living in the house was “actually awesome”.

“It was really, really good. We really enjoying living in it. The space never got to us.”

Bowen works as a marketer for a skydiving company, while Bucher works for a surveying company.

They are both “quite seriously” considering starting to build the houses as a business, after their Trade Me listing raised so much attention.

They had had people asking them if they would build them one as well.

“There’s just been so much interest,” she said.

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And watch the video: https://youtu.be/He-408nxWv0

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Elaine Walker