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Aussies are ditching their dreams of brick and mortar in suburbia and buying a portable tiny home instead. Here’s a look at what $75,000 gets you

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More and more young Australians are considering living in a small house to break the crushing rent cycle and save money, according to two business owners.

Alison and Ben Metcalf, 41 and 44, are the proud founders of Tiny Tect Tiny Houses on the Sunshine Coast, launched two years ago.

Due to the rising cost of living across the country, the married couple have noticed an increase in inquiries from young Australians looking for alternative housing methods.

Both men told FEMAIL that the tiny houses could serve as a “stepping stone” that could lead to bigger financial endeavours.

“Tiny homes offer so much freedom: you’re not tied to a crippling mortgage and you regain the time wasted building a home or looking for one to buy,” Ben said.

“We have noticed young couples buying small houses to live on their parents’ property to save money.”

More and more Australians are considering living in a small house to escape rent or paying off huge mortgages, according to business owners Alison and Ben Metcalf.

The married couple (pictured with their two daughters) launched Tiny Tect Tiny Houses on the Sunshine Coast two years ago.  Since then, they have attracted huge interest from buyers, especially over the past 12 months amid a cost of living crisis.

The married couple (pictured with their two daughters) launched Tiny Tect Tiny Houses on the Sunshine Coast two years ago. Since then, they have attracted huge interest from buyers, especially over the past 12 months amid a cost of living crisis.

Due to the rising cost of living across the country, the married couple have noticed an increase in inquiries from young Australians looking for alternative housing methods.  Alison is an architect and Ben is a project manager

Due to the rising cost of living across the country, the married couple have noticed an increase in inquiries from young Australians looking for alternative housing methods. Alison is an architect and Ben is a project manager

Alison is an architect and Ben is a project manager, and together they run the business.

Prices for tiny homes start at $75,000 — the price of a real estate bond in some states — which is another plus for buyers.

“People like knowing they own the entire asset rather than renting or taking decades to pay off a mortgage,” Ben said.

“Not only are tiny houses cheaper, they take less time to build and bring the people who live there closer together. Guests tend to reconnect with the outdoors by gardening or soaking up the sun.

For the moment, the couple believe that life in a small house is just the beginning and will probably grow in the coming years.

However, the disadvantages include the large lump sum required upfront to purchase the tiny house and the need for land to build the house on.

“Each council has different rules and restrictions around where tiny houses go, and some are more lenient than others,” Alison said.

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“Tiny homes offer so much freedom: you’re not tied to a crippling mortgage and you recoup the time wasted building a home or looking for one to buy,” Ben said, adding, “We’ve noticed that many young couples are buying small houses to live on their parents’ property to save money.

Tiny Tect offers four different tiny houses of varying sizes - the 'Wildscape' is the largest and measures 8.4m by 2.4m (pictured: inside the Wildscape house).

Tiny Tect offers four different tiny houses of varying sizes – the ‘Wildscape’ is the largest and measures 8.4m by 2.4m (pictured: inside the Wildscape house).

Inside is a spacious kitchen with an oven, four-burner hob and washing machine.

Inside is a spacious kitchen with an oven, four-burner hob and washing machine.

Tiny Tect offers four different tiny houses of different sizes: the ‘Wildscape’ is the largest and measures 8.4m by 2.4m.

It extends over two floors with a ceiling height of 4.25 m and can comfortably accommodate four adults and two children.

Inside there is a spacious kitchen with an oven and a four-burner hob, a comfortable dining area, a functional bathroom, a master bedroom, a work area and a relaxation area.

The smallest tiny house named “Om” is 4.2m long and 2.4m wide with a ceiling height of 3.4m. This can comfortably accommodate two adults and could ideally be used as an AirBnb.

Each construction takes between two and three months – a start that contrasts with the development of an ordinary house, which can generally take up to 24 months.

Tect Tiny Homes have also caught the eye of single mothers, elderly customers and investors.

Each construction takes between two and three months – a start that contrasts with the development of an ordinary house, which can generally take up to 24 months.

Each construction takes between two and three months – a start that contrasts with the development of an ordinary house, which can generally take up to 24 months.

Other options include 'Artista' (pictured) spanning 7m in length.

Other options include ‘Artista’ (pictured) spanning 7m in length.

The smallest tiny house named “Om” is 4.2m long and 2.4m wide with a ceiling height of 3.4m.  This can comfortably sleep two adults and could ideally be used as an AirBnb (pictured)

The smallest tiny house named “Om” is 4.2m long and 2.4m wide with a ceiling height of 3.4m. This can comfortably sleep two adults and could ideally be used as an AirBnb (pictured)

A few years ago, the couple and their two daughters gave up their life in the suburbs to live eight months in a caravan. Over this period, they realized how little it takes to lead a fulfilling life.

“We tried and fell in love with the small life,” Alison said.

So they set out to help other people live a similar lifestyle by designing and developing Tiny Homes – and they haven’t looked back since.

“We love seeing the happiness on people’s faces and how empowered it makes them feel. It is truly life changing,” she added.

Ben and Alison’s biggest advice to curious shoppers is to ‘try before you buy’ to see if the tiny accommodation is right for you – but don’t be afraid to take the plunge either.

“The devil is in the details when it comes to tiny homes, so we have to make sure we’re doing everything right and not skimping on shortcuts,” Ben said.

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