Couple builds dream tiny house perfect for family life after years of paying rising rent costs

Lloyd and Kylee, a couple from New Zealand, were frustrated by the rising rent prices. They decided to downsize and construct their own tiny home in Auckland.

The result? This happy family of 4 has a house that works well!

Before starting construction of their tiny house, Lloyd and Kylee watched tons of tiny house videos and attended several expos. Doing so made them realize that they don’t really need many things they have accumulated over the years.

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The process wasn’t a walk in the park. They spent five years analyzing the plans and then searching for a house that would fit their family’s needs.

The exterior walls of this home measuring 260 sq. feet were painted blue, with white accents for the roof and doors. The couple installed tri-fold windows, doors, and windows that open up the home to the outdoors and stunning views of the farmland.

A blue couch transforms into a bed in the lounge area. There’s also plenty of storage space under the ottoman and under the stairs, which hold the family’s books and their kids’ toys.

The lounge area of a tiny house in Auckland, New Zealand
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The lounge connects seamlessly to the L-shaped kitchen, which has full-sized appliances including an oven. Lloyd purchased a unique blue quartz sink online, and it is a feature of the kitchen.

You will find plenty of storage in this area, including soft-close drawers and shelves above the sink that can be used to store your baking supplies.

The lounge area and kitchen of a tiny house in Auckland, New Zealand
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Lloyd and Kylee have two children so they sacrificed some of their living space to build a large bathroom with a full-size bathtub, floating vanity, a washer and dryer, and lots and lots of storage.

Lloyd and Kylee hope to use the backdoor of their wraparound deck as the entrance to the bathroom.

The bathroom of a tiny house in Auckland, New Zealand
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Upstairs, they have a sleeping loft with a total of three bedrooms.

A bedroom inside a tiny house in Auckland, New Zealand
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“We knew that we needed privacy for our nearly nine-year-old and obviously with the baby,” Kylee said. “She was still quite young a few months ago when we moved in, so we needed a space where we could close the door in case she was crying in the night.”

A bedroom inside a tiny house in Auckland, New Zealand
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They also designed the house to make it as future-proof and kid-friendly as possible. They did that by making the dividing wall between the girls’ bedrooms removable.

The second floor has a walled walkway to ensure safety for their youngest child, who will soon be a toddler.

The upstairs walkway inside a tiny house in Auckland, New Zealand
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The ceiling of Lloyd and Kylee’s bedroom is high enough to allow them both to fully stand upright and walk around freely. The large window at the top of the bedroom offers beautiful views out to the outside.

The bedroom of a tiny house in Auckland, New Zealand
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The house cost NZ$152,000 (approx. The house cost NZ$152,000 (approx. US$105,000). However, if you add the water tank, pump and filtration system, it would likely cost around NZ$160,000 (approx. US$160,000). US$111,000) —which costs less than the downpayment required to purchase a conventional home in their area.

A blue and white tiny house in Auckland, New Zealand
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This tiny home is beautiful and well-designed. You can take a look inside the video below.

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