Work­shop builds skills to cre­ate tiny houses

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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 rosa.scar­lette@gmail.com for in­for­ma­tion.

‘‘We can bring the artis­tic, land-based cul­ture back’’ Rosa Hen­der­son

Rosa Hen­der­son in a hand crafted home she helped build. SUP­PLIED

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