Tiny House Project

Hello who ever you are!

My name is Pat and along with my partner, we have decided that we are sick and tired of dreaming and wishing and watching tiny house videos on youtube and want our own! We have given ourselves a one year deadline and today was the first day of work. And boy was it work. We are also keeping an itemized list of materials (our goal is to keep it under $15,000) in order to prove that you don’t need to spend a fortune on a tiny house! I am a welder by trade, have experience building homes and have access to some of the current building sites where perfectly good building materials end up in the trash.

The first step was a getting a trailer. Custom trailers will cost between 8,000 and 13,000 dollars in New Zealand. I found a great deal on trademe for a used trailer for 3,000 in great shape.

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Today we took off the existing wood that was very weather beaten. Then we cleaned up the frame with a wire brush and applied CRC rust converter ( which you can buy from Bunnings Warehouse for 32.00) after letting that dry for at least one hour then we applied a rust preventative paint (cost was 50.00 from bunnings) and let that dry. It looks brand new!

Here are a few links on some videos explaining more into detail.

We did this all outside on a nearby llama farm outside of christchurch. There was poop everywhere and it was very hot in the direct sun, but we got the job done in about 4 hours.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Robert says:

    Off to a good start but ya a lot of work


  2. Paul McGregor says:

    Hi Pat, great website and build! Amazing to see how you’ve done this on such a tight budget. I’m not sure I trust my metalwork skills to buy a secondhand trailer so we’re getting one tailor made.



  3. GBH says:

    keep up the good work. GBH


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