Alternative living solutions are becoming a bit of a trend at the moment. Smaller houses are increasingly popular for homeowners who are looking for more affordable, eco-friendly, minimalist lifestyle options.
The team at Maiden Built are usually busy with new builds and renovations, however, recently they been lucky enough to do something a little bit different. Brittany Thompson, Designer and Project Manager has just finished designing a fully off-grid sustainable container bach. As Brittany confirms;
“This is a very exciting opportunity for us. Having the chance to design a smaller, eco-friendly house, has been extremely rewarding. Coming up with alternative solutions for small spaces has been an absolute delight. It will be interesting to see how this trend develops in Canterbury.”
Connie and Chris from Wairarapa confirm;
“This has been a dream of ours for a while, and it was time to make it a reality. We engaged design, draughting and building consent services with Maiden Built. We wondered if being located in the North Island would delay results, however this was not the case.
We found Brittany to be refreshing, and very knowledgeable. She listened to our ideas, and provided sound information for us to make decisions. Throughout the process, communication was exceptional. The realistic targets Brittany set at the beginning, were met constantly.”
The container bach is just commencing construction. We will be sharing this project on our blog very soon, so stay tuned!
Have you ever considered downsizing?
You might be a young professional looking to avoid a large mortgage, or a retiree looking to live a more flexible, eco-friendly lifestyle. Many people across the country are opting for alternative living solutions without the burden of a large home.
New Zealand is also seeing an increase in kiwis offering land for tiny home buyers, including temporary and permanent deals. One couple in Auckland were paying $450 per week to rent a room, in a three bedroom house. Nowdays, they pay $100 per week to rent a 2.5 acre plot.
Tiny house communities are becoming popular in Europe and America. There is also talk about Christchurch having a tiny house community on an empty central lot, and an Upper Clutha resident has proposed a tiny house village in Wanaka.
We thought it would be worth highlighting one of our favourite tiny houses in New Zealand. This might spark some inspiration for your next project.
Are you interested in building something a wee bit different? Do get in touch, we’d love to help!