As a rule, life in a small house is associated with cramped, cluttered and inconvenient conditions. The owner of this modest but cozy home is in a hurry to refute this opinion and demonstrates his version of a compact, self-sufficient home, for which you do not need to make monthly utility bills.
New Zealander Jeff hobbs built a house for myself Room to move with an area of only 21 square meters, which is 100% self-sufficient and practically does not depend on urban communications. The house stands on a trailer with wheels and, if necessary, can be transported to any place.
The house was built taking into account the fact that it was possible to live in it all year round. The building has a 600-watt solar battery and a solar collector for heating water. The batteries have enough charge to operate the washing machine, hair dryer and other electrical appliances.
The length of the house is 6, 7 meters, and the width is 3, 2 meters. Structural insulated panels with a thickness of 62 mm form the basis of the dwelling. For extra warmth, a small wood-burning stove is installed in the living room.
Large glass doors let in the maximum amount of natural light. Inside the house there is everything you need: a large L-shaped sofa, under which there is a lot of storage space, modular wardrobes.
The kitchen counter has a 130-liter refrigerator, sink, hob and oven, and an extractor hood above them.
The bathroom has a shower and a compost toilet. Sleeping places are located above the head.
Since the house is located on an island in New Zealand, it is expected that the rainwater collection system will fill the tanks with 32,000 liters of water per year.
The cost of materials and equipment for a self-sufficient mini-house was 46 thousand US dollars. And if we add the services of builders to them, then the total price of Room to Move is US $ 77,000.
Miniature miracle houses are very popular in the west. But will living in small houses actually save money - highly doubtful.