Commonly Asked Questions ???..... Read below
So, all the common questions we get asked... and what we asked ourselves when building Bosco the Tiny House.
Why did you build a tiny house?
A bunch of reasons. With the average Auckland house price at 1 million dollars, needless to say
buying wasn't an attractive option. A tiny house makes alot of sense financially.
It also gave us an opportunity to design our own house from scratch, and then build it with our own hands. This is an incredibly rewarding experience. It gives you the opportunity to take ownership of your own future. You can design a house according to your own needs and lifestyle, which makes it a real pleasure to live in. Building your own house, even if you start with no building experience, is also an amazing experience which you will never forget, and the sense of achievement and satisfaction is impossible to put into words. You will also learn skills which you will keep with you for your whole lifetime, allowing you to fix, maintain, and improve your own house for free.
Furthermore, living in a tiny house forces you to be more mindful about your impacts on the environment.
It brings you closer to dealing with the resources you are using, and the wastes you are producing.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to realize and quantify your effects on the environment, and thinking
about ways you can improve your interaction with the environment, and minimize your ecological footprint.
How much did it cost to build your Tiny House 'Bosco?'
It cost us about $48,000 in total. That was all building materials, apart from paying
an electrician and a plumber/gasfitter to do the really specialized jobs.
Building wrap: $500
Cavity Battens: $500
Joinery: $ 8,000
Interior lining: $1300
Gas Califont: $1,150
Furniture + fittings $3,000
Spouting, downpipes, water tank, water pump: $3000
How big is your house?
Our house is 7.2m long, 2.4m wide, and about 4.2m off the ground at its highest point.
The trailer itself is 7.2x2.4 and was specially designed and built to take the weight around
the perimeter, as this is where the weight of your walls and roof come down onto the trailer.
How long did it take you to build?
It took us exactly one year to build. This was a combination of part time, full time, and
weekend only work on the house and a trip overseas, we were both working at different stages throughout the year.
With the experience, skills and knowledge we have now, we could replicate the house again a lot faster.
What is it like living in a tiny house?
We love it! It is perfect for us at this stage of our lives. It is a really easy house to live in, because
we designed it to suit our lifestyles. Sure we will probably outgrow it at some point in the future. We will cross
that bridge when we come to it and build something bigger, but for now this house is perfect for us.
Where do you put all your stuff?
There is alot of hidden storage built into the house. The couches are storage, the coffee table is storage,
there is plenty of large cupboards, under the stairs is all storage/wardrobes, so there is is actually
plenty enough storage. However, having limited storage space can actually be a really good thing, as it
gives you the kick up the bum you need to actually give away / throw away all that stuff which you never
use, which is actually very liberating. It also makes you think about your possessions, what you actually need,
and what might be things you just think you need that are actually holding you back.
What about entertaining?
We have had lots of dinner parties already. When it's summer, we eat outside, when its raining or cold, we bring our outside table in. Our couches and coffee table are able to be easily rearranged to suit different situations.
The coffee table splits in half into two stools. We have hosted 8 people for dinner a few times, and its been great.
One time we even had 8 people + a baby. Its nice. We sit comfortably.
What about the composting toilet?
Everyone loves asking about our composting toilet.Our composting toilet is the most basic kind, which is the bucket system. We built a plywood box with a toilet seat in the top, with a drum underneath. #1's and #2's all go into the same drum, which you then cover with sawdust/woodchips when you are finished. If you use the right sawdust/woodchips, there will be no bad smells. When the drum is getting full, (normally after a week or two) you take it out and empty it into a bigger drum (200L plastic drums with a sealing lid are the best). The big drum sits there sealed, and once the big drum is full, you seal it and leave it in a sunny spot in the garden. After 12-18 months, the contents should have fully composted into nutrient rich pure soil. This can then be spread around trees (refrain from using it in vegetable gardens to be safe). Alot of people are put off by the idea of composting toilets.
However its really not that bad, and they are nothing to be afraid of. There are expensive engineered composting toilets available that have chambers below so that you don't have to handle anything until it is fully composted. However they cost a few thousand dollars. Our toilet seat, ply box and drums cost just a couple of hundred.
Can you build me a tiny house like yours?
Yes, we can build Tiny Houses like ours or similar. Please get in touch if you are wanting to talk about building a tiny house. We are working with a registered builder so that we can offer you a variety of services including building complete tiny houses, building partially complete tiny houses for you to finish yourself, designing custom plans for your house, and offering advice and mentoring.
email@example.com is best way to get in touch.
Where can I get your framing plans?
Our framing plans, with full dimensions and details, an interactive 3d sketchup model of our framing, and additional details and information about which eco materials we used on our house and why, are available for purchase here: