Tiny house owner forced to go
‘‘I don't want to cause more trouble.’’
A Queenstown woman who built a tiny house and leased land on which to put it has been forced to leave.
Ayumi Gallagher was asked to leave the Arrowtown premises, along with her tiny home, after neighbours were alerted to her and her partner living there.
Gallagher said neighbours complained and asked them to move on, citing covenants issues.
The couple did, not wanting to ‘‘cause more trouble’’.
They would live in a camping ground until they could make other arrangements.
Queenstown Lakes District Council regulatory manager Lee Webster said no council regulations had been broken and it was a civil matter.
Covenants were put in place by a developer, he said.
The Mirror did not contact the land owner or neighbour at Gallagher’s request.
The 30-year-old head of wellbeing at the Sherwood Hotel followed through on her dream and built a 16 sqm ‘‘tiny home’’ for $26,500.
‘‘It was such a ridiculous dream,’’ Gallagher said.
‘‘It was supposed to not ever happen.
‘‘This is just a symbol that you can do anything.’’
fortunate Modbox Homes Queenstown saw her idea and decided to ‘‘sponsor’’ her by letting the build take place in their yard and completing the structural side.
The 3.8 metre high, 3.26 tonne ‘‘caravan’’ features a sitting area, kitchen and bathroom, as well as stairs to a mezzanine floor bedroom.
The couple paid $100 a week to lease land on which the tiny home sits.
Adjusting to living in such a small space was relatively easy, she said.
‘‘I’m not down-sizing from a house as I’ve only ever lived in a room. I’m actually up-sizing... [but] it takes a specific kind of person to live in a tiny house.’’
There were negatives to living in a tiny home, including people who felt the couple hadn’t earned the right to be living on a multimillion-dollar block of land.
‘‘If people aren’t happy with this happening, then there has to be a different option [for Queenstown residents].
‘‘If I had $200,000 as a deposit, I would much rather spend $80,000 on a house and then spend the rest on living.’’
Queenstown’s Ayumi Gallagher and her partner built a tiny house which solved her house-buying issue.