Brett’s Off-Grid Tiny House

At 15 Square meters and completely off-grid, Brett Sutherland has constructed a true, tiny house treasure. Packed with unique, space saving design elements, Brett has created a fantastic space to both live and work. Perhaps best of all, this was all achieved on a budget of NZ$21,000. The Tiny House was constructed on his parents property, and will soon be moved to a friends property in Bethells Beach in Auckland.” – Amazing Off-Grid Modern Tiny House Tour – YouTube.

You can find Living Big in a Tiny House on the web and on Facebook.

Lily is Building Herself a Tiny Home in New Zealand

Her previous construction experience was a bookcase, but that has not stopped Lily Duval from building her own miniature house.

The 27-year-old is two months into the build, and is on track to have most of the construction finished in another couple of months. She is building her house directly on a trailer on communal land in central Christchurch. At 5.5 metres long, 2.5m wide and 4.2m high, Duval’s house fits under the New Zealand Transport Authority’s definition of a light simple trailer.” –

Read more about Lily’s Tiny House Project…

Visit her website…

Tree Houses at Hapuku Lodge in New Zealand

Unique New Zealand accommodation, nested 30 feet (10 M) above the ground in the canopy of a native Manuka grove, each Tree House has spectacular views of Kaikoura’s dramatic mountains and surf-washed Pacific coastline.

As with the Lodge, the Tree Houses are meant to be a contemporary complement to the natural environment. Their exteriors are clad in native woods and copper shingles. Large windows bring the tree canopy right into the bedroom. Interior furnishings were crafted by local woodworking friends.” – Hapuku Lodge

See more of The Tree Houses at Hapuku Lodge…

Wouldn’t it be Cool to Live in a Hobbit Town?

The Hobbit scenes from Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy were filmed on a hillside lot in Matamata, New Zealand. Now the little Hobbit Homes have become a tourist attraction, but also they became homes for some of the sheep from a nearby farm. The interiors of these white structures were never finished because the scenes shot inside were actually filmed on a studio set.” – Freshome

See more of these Cute Lord of the Rings Hobbit Houses in New Zealand.

There Be Hobbit Sheep Here

I suspect I’m not the only one who has sometimes yearned to live like a Hobbit. These sheep in New Zealand are living the dream as the current residents of the actual Hobbit village constructed for the Lord of the Rings movies. These tiny houses are no more than frail movie sets, but they do seem to make great little shelters for these contented creatures. Thanks for sending this my way Dav!

There Be Hobbit Sheep Here

The Flying Tortoise

I’ve been following Keith Levy’s blog for some time now. Keith lives in New Zealand and writes about all the clever folks and tiny homes he finds while living the life of a land gypsy. After living on boats for many years he made the transition to living on land nine years ago but chose to continue to stay flexible and portable. The Flying Tortoise, the bus pictured below, is his full-time home.

The Flying Tortoise

I first learned about Keith Levy through a post on Lloyd Kahn’s blog, which is also an excellent place to find stories of alternative handmade homes.

The Flying Tortoise