Hereford Times Reveal

Little Birch couple Christian Montez & Kyra Powell are to feature on 'George Clarke's Amazing Spaces' TV programme after building a cabin out of recycled materials.
Hereford Times Reveal Christian Montez & Kyra Powell are to feature on ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’ TV programme after building a cabin out of recycled materials.

Our story came out in the Hereford times today! A week earlier than we anticipated but hey! Our first (and hopefully only time) of reaching page 3 in a newspaper! It gives a rough outline of what we’re trying to achieve.
Although I must correct one thing, we have not stolen all of the doors and windows from Christian’s Nana’s house. Just a set of glass sliding doors, of which the whole cabin was designed around.

Due to the relaxation of planning laws, anyone with a garden can build within permitted development rights. Our cabin resides within the garden, taking advantage of this law, we are lucky however in that we can can take our cabin out into the fields for 28 days consecutively without planning permission.

By using the amenities of the house for cooking and bathing it is classed as an ancillary dwelling. The cabin doesn’t have a kitchen yet, but we do hope to do some home improvements over time, including  a composting toilet. We do have a log burner, we just need to install it fully and get it HETAS Safety checked by a professional.

The plan is to build more cabins and provide the facilities for people to experience the tiny house phenomenon and even create a ‘build your own tiny home’ workshop.

As for us living in this space, all of our family and friends think we are nuts to attempt it. We are currently in the process of minimalising our possessions into what we actually need, not what we think we need. This is an on going process….a very looong, hard process, but it is a very fulfilling feeling, almost like an ex-foliation of your life, getting rid of dead skin (not literally, we don’t have a tin of dead skin Austin Powers’ Goldmember styley). All of this, so that we can afford our own ‘home’.

2 thoughts on “Hereford Times Reveal”

  1. So inspiring thanks so much for sharing your story ! I lived in a Luton for a year an a half with my ex and we were happy as Larry ! Had we not split id be ther still he is! It’s so freeing to get rid of all that stuff and it makes you closer to nature having less indoor space – you literally get outside a whole lot more !! Well chuffed for you ! If I had some land I think I’d follow suit … It’s definitely a longer term aim of mine instead of paying rent all my life … Many blessings and happy years to you both xxx

    1. Thank you Caroline! So many people say they couldn’t see themselves living in such a small space, but realistically most people will spend the majority of their day at work and generally congregate in one room of the house (other than the bedroom). Our cabin is separated into three sections. Living room, study and bedroom. If you need space you have the whole of the outdoors! It’s so much quicker to clean and tidy than a big house too! :)

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