This Family Sold Their 3 Bedroom Home To Move Into An Amazing House Truck

Many people would be really apprehensive when it comes to the idea of moving into a small space with a young family. The challenges such as lack of space and privacy are obvious. Perhaps what’s not so clear though, is the benefits. Josh, Naomi and Kilaian took the plunge, selling their three bedroom home in Christchurch in order to purchase a house truck where they now all live together full time.

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When it comes to House Trucks, this home is pretty large and very child friendly. At 11 meters (36ft) and weighing close to 20 tonnes, this home on wheels isn’t one that is perfectly suited for a grand family road-trip – although the family haven’t entirely ruled that out yet either.

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This home is beautifully constructed, with exceptional wood-work everywhere you look giving the house a rustic charm and warmth. When the gorgeous design isn’t enough on it’s own to keep you warm though, there is a lovely wood-stove which sits in the centre of the living room.

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The kitchen space is packed with storage areas. The couple goes so far as to say that this house truck kitchen even has more storage space than their old family home. Running water in this house comes from a hose connection, while the stove, water heating and fridge are run on gas. 3 solar panels which sit on the roof of the truck provide electricity.

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Above the kitchen space is Josh and Naomi’s room. It’s very simple in it’s design, and provides a cosy (and sometimes much needed) retreat from the rest of the house. Like the rest of the home, it’s packed with storage space.

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On the other side of the home, past the families bathroom we find Kilian’s room. All kids need space to play, and Kilian certainly doesn’t miss out in that respect. The space is comfortable and provides ample space for his toys and games.

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There’s also an additional loft space, which the family currently use for storage. In the future this space could be easily adapted into another bedroom for when Josh and Naomi have another child.

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For Josh, Naomi and Kilian though, the decision to move into a House Truck was all about lifestyle. Without the need to pay for a large mortgage the family has been able to free themselves up financially. Josh has been able to significanlty cut down his working hours and the family is able to spend a lot more quality time together without the stress of debt. He’s also able to take a lot of the pressure off Naomi when it comes to raising their toddler.

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Really, that’s exactly what this is all about. It’s easy to say that moving into a small space such as a house truck is a sacrifice, and in many ways it is. What we tend to forget though is that living in larger spaces carries sacrifice too. No-matter what the future throws at them, this lovely family have a beautiful space to call home that meets all their needs.




Posted on by Bryce Posted in Tiny House Tours

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I'm a film-maker with a passion for small space design, permaculture, and downsized, eco-friendly living. Join me on my travels as I meet people from all over the globe who are living big lives in wonderful tiny houses!

3 Responses to This Family Sold Their 3 Bedroom Home To Move Into An Amazing House Truck

  1. Nigel abraham

    Hi bryce
    I was realy interested in your story on the couple in christchurch who sold their home and brought a housetruck.
    The reason being i am the builder of that truck it was a joy to see its still being used as a home .i have owned many trucks and buses in my time and are building another truck at the moment.
    1970 tk bedford
    I will be watching more great episodes
    Cheers nigel

    • Bryce

      Hey Nigel! Thanks so much for touching base. How cool that you are the builder of that truck! What a wonderful job you have done on it. Please let me know once you have finished your new truck – I would love to film a tour of it. 🙂

  2. Ben Kelly

    Hi Bryce,

    I love your channel and all of the beautiful tiny homes that you visit.

    It would be great to learn more in your videos about these houses for people who might consider building a similar house/house truck for themselves i.e dimensions, building materials, any building issues etc…

    Please keep up the great work.

    All the best
    Ben

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