Brian’s brother suggested that he could get a tiny house and place it on his riverside property. So Brian sold his cottage, which was getting harder to maintain, and purchased a tiny home from the very popular Build Tiny in Katikati, New Zealand.
Regarding the layout, everything had to be on the same floor to prevent the risk of having to climb daily to a loft bedroom. But Brian isn’t a fan of open-space living, so he wanted cavity sliders to separate what he calls “the studio,” the kitchen, and the bathroom.
A wood burner and a bathroom with a shower, a bathtub, and a composting toilet were some of Brian’s requirements. His new home was built in less than four months, even though it was during the pandemic, and he was able to settle in in less than a day.
What he enjoys is being able to live sustainably in natural surroundings and potentially travel in his tiny home. What he doesn’t enjoy is that insurance premiums are high because the house is classified as a vehicle, which also makes it depreciate over time.
Still at the beginning of this new lifestyle, Brian always dreams big. He doesn’t just see his tiny home as an Airbnb in the future, but he also envisions networks of tiny house communities for “the empty-nest generation.” For the time being, his next plan is to add a deck to his cozy new home.