- Posted July 14, 2012 by
Birchip, Victoria, Australia
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Living in small spaces
Tiny living in Australia
I live in a 100 sq ft tiny house in Victoria, Australia on half an acre of land. The land and house together cost less than $20,000 (I built the house myself in 3 months). It is powered by a single solar panel and is self sufficient in water. Because the house is so small, the garden is huge, and I grow much of my own food myself. So my cost of living is extremely low; no rent, no mortgage, low food bills, no electricity or water bills. Though unemployed I get by nicely with a little business on the internet (www.possumpages.com.au) and government benefits.
I love living in such a small space particularly when it is cold. It is like living in a cocoon. It takes about 5 minutes to clean and is exceedingly comfortable in every way.
Because Australia is generally hot and dry I do a lot of my cooking outdoors on a barbeque that I built from recycled bricks, leaving my tiny house for recreation and sleeping purposes.
I live this way for three reasons. 1. If it was good enough for Henry David Thoreau (Walden) it is good enough for me. 2. I love it and would hate living in a big house now. 3. Our whole way of life is one of economic slavery because of the cost of housing, and small houses are a sure "station on the road to freedom" (Bonhoeffer)
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