Confessions of a Tiny House Project

Dave Hopkins, Taupo (Photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

Q&A with Dave Hopkins.

How long have you lived in your tiny house, and why did you decide to build it in the first place ?

I have lived in Tiny for a little over a year. I built it because I can’t afford Auckland rental prices, that and every other cost of living here in this beautiful city. I have two young girls and they don’t cost me a lot of money now but I know that at some point I’m gonna need to have cashola on hand so meet their demands.

How long did it take you to build ‘Tiny’ ?

It took me 12 months to build it to a point where it was weather proof. I still have to finish the (expletive) interior but that will happen slowly over the course of time (a lot like the stories you tell).

How much money did it cost you to build ‘Tiny’ ?

To get it to this point it has taken approximately $40k. That’s not including the money I lost to the first (expletive) who I paid to build my trailer.

What was the biggest challenge you faced ?

The aforementioned (expletive)

Have you found other people who have also built a tiny house, and how has their experience compared to yours ?

Yes I have – lots. Their experience is very similar. They’ve gone tiny for the same reasons, they’ve met the same (expletives) along the way and now they say they have never been happier.

Does the house have electricity and plumbing ?

Yes of course it does, you (expletive)

What are the Pros and Cons of living in a tiny house ?

Pros – cheap to run, Cons – because its so tiny there’s no place to put my phatt (expletive)

If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently ?

I think I should have converted a bus instead – It would make moving around easier (in the future) 

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to undertake a tiny house build project ?

Don’t be afraid – just (expletive) do it 

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