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What It’s Like to Build and Live in a Luxury Tiny House

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  • Lisa Tranter and Matt Hobbs wanted to build a more independent and sustainable lifestyle together.
  • They decided to build a small house on the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia.
  • The construction cost A $ 90,000, or about $ 62,000. Look inside.

This is an edited and translated version. article Originally appeared on June 14, 2022.

Lisa Trantor and Matt Hobbs wanted to live in a more independent and sustainable way.

This encouraged them to build a small house in the magnificent view of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Australia.

Small house Lisa Trantor and Matt Hobs

The house is in the Blue Mountains of Australia.

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The 237-square-foot home features impressive black exterior walls, a large shaded terrace, a full kitchen, and a two-storey living space. The house is 8 feet wide, 29.5 feet long and 15 feet high.

Small house Lisa Trantor and Matt Hobs

View from above.

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Trantor said she had been a fan of small homes for years. “I’ve been fascinated by them for a long time. I follow various pages of social media and watch reality shows in the United States. It’s a TV show about a small house,” she told insiders.

Hobbes originally wanted to build a house in a shipping container and was looking for land for a while, according to Trantor. She added that he found a plot shortly after they met.

Small house Lisa Trantor and Matt Hobs

The view from the doorway.

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“But I persuaded him to build a small house instead of a container house,” she said.

The couple designed and built many homes on their own, she continued.

Small house Lisa Trantor and Matt Hobs

bedroom.

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“We built the frame and the interior, but it would have been too complicated because the electrician did the wiring,” Trantor said.

She added that Hobbes, who owns a bathroom and kitchen refurbishment company, designed and installed the bathroom.

Lisa Trantor and Matt Hobbs's Little House

Bathroom.

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Australia’s summer electricity bill is worth about $ 230 a quarter, despite frequent air conditioning, Trantor said.

She also added that they spent about $ 97 a quarter on water.

Lisa Trantor and Matt Hobbs's Little House

kitchen.

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“Our running costs are very low,” she said, and added that this is partly due to the insulation and energy and water-saving equipment they use.

“We save a lot because we don’t buy unnecessary things. We keep our property small and ask everything before buying,” continued Trantor.

But that’s also the biggest challenge, she said. “The idea of ​​downsizing is great in theory, but difficult to put into practice,” she said.

Small house Lisa Trantor and Matt Hobs

Living area at the top of the house.

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Banks and local governments also often make it difficult for people interested in building small homes, according to Trantor. “Unlike big homes, banks often don’t take out loans in small homes. You have to have money on hand,” she said.

The couple said they could see them living their lives in a small house, but there were still some things they found difficult.

“Matt and I often get in the way of each other when cooking,” Trantor said. “And otherwise small houses look even smaller, so we have to clean them more often.”

Small house Lisa Trantor and Matt Hobs

View from above.

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She also said she wanted to get noise canceling headphones as the room in the small house was open and the doors couldn’t be closed if others were noisy.

Small house Lisa Trantor and Matt Hobs

living.

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The couple spent a total of A $ 90,000 on a small house. “We didn’t do much ourselves, and if we had the help of friends and family, we would probably have spent A $ 130,000, or about $ 90,000,” Trantor said.

Trantor said he doesn’t think small homes are a momentary trend. “If living expenses continue to rise like this, a minimalist lifestyle is the best option people have,” she said.

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