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Author: Bryce
Date: 31st August 2014

Tiny house 2A New Zealander named Stefan Cook has constructed a tiny house largely from salvaged materials from homes in Christchurch that were demolished after the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. He saw it as an opportunity to obtain many high quality building materials (especially windows and doors) at a great price as well as reuse old building materials.

The portable house is 215 square feet and Stefan built it for just $15,000, including all the plumbing. His bedroom is raised on a loft, which almost
extends the entire length of the living space. When he’s feeling hungry, Stefan pulls something of the refrigerator, heats it up on the kitchen’s gas stove, and enjoys sunlight streaming in from reclaimed windows.

tiny house 1And while the space is smaller than most houses, Stefan has already hosted parties with up to 18 people in the space!


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Here’s a video about the house: