I couldn’t afford a house so bought overgrown land to turn into my dream tiny home with my kids – it’s been amazing

A mother has fulfilled her long-cherished dream and built a small home with her children. She describes the experience as amazing.

Property prices in New Zealand have skyrocketed, forcing her to look for cheaper alternatives to build her own off-the-grid home.

TikTok user Living With Nature is building a home in the wilderness of New Zealand


TikTok user Living With Nature is building a home in the wilderness of New ZealandPhoto credit: TikTok/@livingwithnaturee
A lot of forest had to be cut down to make room for their new home


A lot of forest had to be cut down to make room for their new homePhoto credit: TikTok/@livingwithnaturee

So she and her partner invested in much cheaper forest land and began building their new home.

living with nature (@livingwithihnature) shared the progress of her project on her TikTok and it drew a lot of interest.

So far they have received over 37,000 likes as people follow their quest to live closer to nature.

“We’re building our off-grid dream home in a forest in New Zealand,” she said.

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It was no small feat, but they were up for the challenge.

“We have a big journey ahead of us, but we really hope it pays off and gives the kids the upbringing we’ve always dreamed of,” she wrote.

“We couldn’t afford to buy a house, so we bought overgrown woodland to make our dream home.”

Forest areas are notoriously difficult to manage and require a tremendous amount of clearing to provide a base for a new building.

But it was her only chance to create a home for her family that lived up to her ideals.

“Unfortunately, houses in New Zealand are so expensive. Forest land is cheap because it stays untidy and requires a lot of work to make it usable,” she explained.

In her postViewers got a glimpse of their construction site, which was in the middle of the forest.

It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to clear the forest floor, but when it was done the view was breathtaking.

After the ground was prepared, the pre-assembled hut arrived and the solar panels were ready for installation.

Her dream home was on the way and she was thrilled. As were her viewers, who were consistently inspired by her quest.

One commenter said: “I’m so excited to see how it goes. I want to move back home and live a simple life again, and seeing that spurs me on to do just that.”

Another said: “Dreams come true here, across generations. Nature is happiness.”

Another New Zealander shared a similar experience: “We are in the Bay of Islands and did the same thing three years ago. Now we have a permaculture paradise with a tiny home on it. It will all be worth it.”

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This follower expressed his appreciation where it was due: “Great guys. Dedication can make anything possible. I can’t wait to see your dream come true someday.”

In the final comment, this fan put it in a nutshell: “Live the dream,” they said.

Their home was in a forest paradise


Their home was in a forest paradisePhoto credit: TikTok/@livingwithnaturee
They will live off the grid and use solar panels


They will live off the grid and use solar panelsPhoto credit: TikTok/@livingwithnaturee
The arrival of her cabin was the next stage of her journey


The arrival of her cabin was the next stage of her journeyPhoto credit: TikTok/@livingwithnaturee

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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