An Amazing Off The Grid Tiny House Tour

At 15 Square meters and completely off the grid, Brett Sutherland has constructed a true, off the grid tiny house treasure. Packed with unique, space saving design elements, Brett has created a fantastic space to both live and work.

Perhaps best of all, this was all achieved on a budget of NZ$21,000. The off the gird tiny house was constructed on his parents property, and will soon be moved to a friends property in Bethells Beach in Auckland.

This modern tiny house is filled with treasures obtained over a lifetime of adventure, and may just be the ultimate bachelor pad.

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Brett's Tiny House

Brett's House Ends

Brett's Tiny Living Room

Brett's Tiny House Kitchen

Brett's Tiny House Kitchen 2Brett's Tiny House BathroomBrett's Tiny House Loft

Brett's Tiny House Top View

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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!

31 Responses to An Amazing Off The Grid Tiny House Tour

  1. Matt J

    I find it rather interesting that a council would start to get bent out of shape when it comes to tiny houses when they seem to be more like a caravan than a house.
    In order to start pointing the finger at tiny houses the council and other bodies would have to call into question almost every caravan and campervan ever constructed in NZ.

  2. morigana Ross

    Saw your house Campbell live how do we ge started

  3. morigana Ross

    Yes finally info. I have been in love with these things for yrs want one or 6 lol.do you have a group are you interested in doing the course organizations thing. I got some land am interested in it being used as a meeting arena to advertise this even willing to let them live there so info could be collected for data on costings we are in taranki

    Really interested in looking at it any suggestions my mortgage nearly paid I am a little peanut love tumble weed not their reputation how do I start fascinating

  4. Diane

    This is my dream option but the biggest question I have is what about laundry facilities, I haven’t seen a tiny house with a laundry yet?
    I would love to be able to do this but I would have nowhere to put it.
    I also struggle with the idea of not being able to move easily around a bed to be able to make it and would worry with visual impairment about coming down the stairs in the night so I might be tempted to put the lounge upstairs and have the bedroom downstairs so I could have a wardrobe 😀
    I’m also a bit of a prude and would need a more traditional type toilet and because of my health I am incapable of carting it places to empty anyway.
    Awesome to see this options and maybe one day I could achieve it.

  5. Marg Kingi

    OMG, I have just seen the Campbell Live interview and find it incomprehensible that Auckland City Council did not take the opportunity to show the world how progressive and forward thinking our city is. Bloody hell, they have no foresight, Auckland could be a global role model for sustainable living, we have a chance to show the international community just how progressive and innovative New Zealand is in our approach to solving the housing issues that face future generations. Unfortunately, they prefer to reveal themselves as ultra conservative, old fashioned pedants. That is terribly sad. What a pity you have to pay the price for their outmoded world view.

    • Bryce

      Hey Marg. It’s an interesting scenario with Brett, and I don’t know the real details of this issue yet. The same council that are causing problems in this case have actually approved two Tiny Houses in the same area (West Auckland) at the Earthsong Eco village in Ranui. Tiny Houses are a new thing for council, and it’s understandable that they are a bit unsure how to treat them. We are compiling as much information as we can to be able to put out a video on the legal issues surrounding Tiny Houses in NZ.

      • Paul

        Hey Bryce… any updates on the Auckland City Council issue for Brent?

        From my perspective, and I could be wrong, but Brett has a trailer… sure it is a covered trailer, and as far as I know there isn’t any bylaw or restrictions of parking a trailer, even on land that is outstanding landscape… (cough, cough)

        • Bryce

          Hey Paul. So far the Auckland council have been really great with Tiny Houses, with a few around the place that I know of being granted permissions. In the Campbell Live article, they didn’t mention that the land-lord of that particular property was already in trouble with the council because of some other dwellings on the land, so Brett just kind of got pulled into an existing dispute. I haven’t spoken to him recently, but it would be good to know the outcome. As far as I know, he’s still there.

  6. fiona harison

    Hey this looks great. Can you tell me about the toilet? I know of a number of toilet systems, but this looks like something new,is it some kind of portable compost toilet?

  7. larry

    i like the this design.i will be contacting brett. thank you

  8. Julian

    Love this this house, this is by far my favorite design it feels so big inside and the roof is the best ive seen so much more room in the loft area. I would change a few things downstairs for my own preferences but overall its an awesome tiny house.

    Thanks for doing these videos myself im never going to be able to afford a house in Melbourne and I think this is a much better option.

    Cheers mate

    Julian

  9. Adam

    Hey Bryce, if you team were to design/build a tiny home, what would the approximate range of price be?

    • Bryce

      Hey Adam!

      The plans for our Tiny House will be available online, along with a full series of videos showcasing the steps of the build. Hopefully, this will empower you to design your own tiny house!

      If you are looking for someone to help with the design, I would recommend talking to Equinox Design, who are currently working on the finishing touches of our design.

      When it comes to the build, check out the widget bar to the left of this website to see the people we have teamed up with for our build.

      Cheers!

      Bryce

  10. Andrew

    Awesome little place and I agree with Bretts philosophy. I’m building a housetruck at the mo and getting rid of all my house stuff. It’s amazing how much junk you accumulate. Would be interested to find out more about the electrics. Looked pretty simple.
    Top job!
    Andrew

    • Bryce

      Hey Andrew! One of the benefits to downsizing your house, is you also can really downsize your off grid system! We will be doing full video’s detailing our approach on setting up an off-the-grid solar system for a tiny house. 🙂

  11. R P OHAGAN

    Love the house, nice simple lines which adds space, function to the design. I know I’m the outsider but like the feet and inches for the house. Also would like to see the electrical and pluming for the design.
    THANKS FOR TAKING QUESTIONS.

    DICK O’HAGAN

    • Bryce

      Hey there. Yes, in our new video’s we are including ft / inches info also! Just under half of our audience comes from the US, so we will certainly be adding this. Thanks for the suggestion.

      Our own build also captures rainwater, and we will be doing detailed video’s on our set-up in the near future.

      Cheers!

  12. Lisa

    Hello ! Thanks for sharing your wonderful home. It gives me motivation , hope and a smile that one day soon I can change my lifestyle. Simplify ! 🙂 Lisa D.

  13. bill

    hi Brett.
    I think your design is spectacular. The way you did the roof is very clean and spacious. I too some day will live without a mortgage.
    Do you have plans for sale? I would love to build one for myself in the state.

  14. Ewen Sutherland

    In New Zealand the law requires two doors between toilet and the kitchen, not apparent in this design. Otherwise love small plans and of course Sutherland is a great name! 🙂

    • Kamahi Paul

      Two things in response re two doors. Back in the 70’s this was the case, however, the code now simply requires visual separation and separate hand washing facilities. However, more importantly, this is not a building which is required to meet the building code. It is esentially a very comfortable caravan.

  15. Paul

    Brett says the highest point is 4.17 meters from the ground in the video. Not sure whether he means ground outside or whether he is calling the floor the ground. However, for all you imperial people… i.e. Americans, 4.17 metres equals 13 foot 8 inches give or take a few fractions of an inch. So, @ 13 foot 6 inches you wouldn’t have much to shave off. And yes, it will be metric. ONLY the US and its territories cling to the “old” measurements. |shakes head|

    • Bryce

      Hey Paul. Yup – that would be 4.17 from the ground, not from the floor. In NZ, the maximum height of a tiny house is 4.25 meters – so at 4.17 he is in a good margin of safety for any overhanging power lines etc.

  16. maddie floyd

    I am going to build one to retire in!

    • Bryce

      Sounds like a good plan to me!

  17. brett

    Hi, For any info or plans requests, please check me on http://www.skinbonestone.com or e mail me bonecarver@yahoo.com
    Peace, Brett

  18. kareem

    I too plan on modifying this for US roads. However high it is I will change it to 13.5. I just hope the plans are offered in non metric measurements.

  19. Martin Blain

    I am on my journey to building my tiny house – it will be the biggest thing in my life at this time in my life. I wan to do it without a huge loan but sadly I may have to have at least a small one.

    Starting from the Trailer up and Brett Sutherland’s design seems to hold more of what I need in the tiny house.
    Well here we go.

    Martin

    • Bryce

      Hey Martin. Yup – it’s something that you can make happen if you just work at it. Every day, make sure you do one thing that brings you closer to your dream.

  20. Andy

    Great design! I am highly impressed with the loft area! What is the height of the tallest point of the loft? How tall is the end wall of the loft? Working on the design of my own tiny house here in the US.

    • Bryce

      Hey Andy. Unfortunately, I don’t know the answers to those questions. Head over to http://skinbonestone.com/ and you can contact Brett directly from his website. Good luck for your own Tiny House build, and make sure you keep us updated with your progress! 🙂

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