Workshop builds skills to create tiny houses
People can learn how to create a ‘‘strong community’’ as they build two tiny homes on Waiheke from February 18.
The workshop on an Ostend farm will teach tiny house design, practical building skills and group collaboration, facilitator and island resident Rosa Henderson said.
She learned how to build earthships in the USA about six years ago and has been involved in ‘‘ethically sound’’, environmentally sustainable building projects that develop community connections ever since.
‘‘I’m an educator, community convenor and builder. People in the workshops learn to work artistically and to create a strong community as they create a building together,’’ she said.
One house will be a steel framed, modern home with about 35 square metres of floor space designed by a mother with two children. The other is a ‘‘hippy’’ house, with 20 metres of floor space, made from recycled native timbers that will become Hender- son’s own ‘‘dream home’’.
‘‘They’re small spaces, but they’re so well set out you can have everything - a toilet, shower, kitchen, oven, fridge, place to eat, a small fire place, a working desk, book shelf, stairs, storage and upstairs sleeping.
‘‘In places like Waiheke, to own anything is so expensive but there are lots of places to park an extra small space without having a heavy footprint on the land.
‘‘It means we can bring the artistic, land-based culture back to the island that’s been lost with the house prices being so high.’’
Both homes will be on wheels, making it easier to get resource consent, to share land, and to move on.
Ten trained builders will help teach about 20 students.
Henderson (32) said building workshops can seem intimidating for women, but more than half the Waiheke workshop participants will be female.
‘‘That’s really beautiful to know being a woman is helping the industry open for more people to start working in their own way.’’
When the course finishes on March 4, she hopes waterproof shells will have been completed on the two tiny homes.
An open evening will be held on February 24 for people to see the projects. Email email@example.com for information.
‘‘We can bring the artistic, land-based culture back’’ Rosa Henderson