12/19 Boston couple brings the tiny house movement to New Zealand with self built off-grid home

inside the tiny house of Corianne Holmes and Patrick Brunelle

inside the tiny house of Corianne Holmes and Patrick Brunelle

It’s 14 square metres and weighs a mere 3.6 tonne. Welcome to this tiny Waimate home.

Corianne Holmes and her partner Patrick Brunelle spent $15,000 building their dinky house in Rolleston before moving it to Waimate on Sunday. Now, they want to spread the word on how a tiny house can make the biggest problems seem tiny too.

According to Quotable Value, the average Kiwi home built between 1960 and 2010 was between 128sqm and 210sqm, meaning the couple’s tiny house is about one tenth that size.

Size aside, the couple’s house features all of the necessities you would find in a typical New Zealand home.

The house had a tiny log burner to keep the chill off during the winter, the toilet (a compostable one), a shower, tv, gas-powered stove-top, a vinyl player and even a pull-out double bed.

Before moving to New Zealand from Boston, USA, the couple became obsessed with the tiny house movement, researching constantly to see how the micro-space would work for them.

In 2014, the pair found it difficult to find a place to live in Christchurch, inspiring them to go tiny, Holmes said.

Once Holmes had completed her masters degree they started building the home, using a small plot of land at Rolleston.

Once a week, the couple would travel from Christchurch with a picnic basket, tools and materials to slowly build their home. No contractors or builders were used, every nail in the house hammered by Brunelle or Holmes.

“It is nice to wake up knowing where every nail in the house is,” Holmes said.

Read more and watch the video – http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/87692474/waimate-a-location-for-the-tiny-house-movement

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Elaine Walker

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