Bryce Langston visits with Doug, an architect in Wanaka, New Zealand, designed and built his own tiny home. Wanaka is a popular ski and summer resort town in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. It’s also not cheap to live there, and it’s one of most expensive real-estate markets in New Zealand – so Doug chose to design an alternative to the high living costs.
Home’s nearby with views like Doug’s cost upwards of a million dollar. For about $70 a week Doug parks in a local camp site. His off-grid tiny home requires no power of water hookups, which gives him even more flexibility in potential living locations.
Below: Doug’s living room and home office.
Below: Doug’s kitchen and sleeping loft above.
Doug included a few cool features too:
The flooring is a giant map of Wanaka.
The walls in the living room use a slat system that allows flexible shelving to be moved at will.
His grey water drains to a potter plant he keeps outside.
His desk turns into a guest bed.
Above: Doug’s map flooring. It’s an actual map of the area surrounding him.
Bryce, from Living Big In A Tiny House, shares what the last 8 months has been like living in his Lotus Belle Tent. Bryce – and his tent – are in New Zealand on a remote property. He’s in the process of building a tiny house and this tent is his temporary tiny home.
He reports it’s been an amazing experience, but also share the challenges. Watch the video below and hear first hand what it was like to live off-the-grid in such a minimalist shelter. To follow all of Bryce’s tiny living experiences subscribe to his to the Living Big In A Tiny House YouTube Channel. You can see all his past stories at Living Big In A Tiny House.
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