Fellow downsizers John and Zelda Patterson converted a 7.5m x 2.5m horse trailer into a tiny house in the southern Drakensberg during the lockdown, and moved in in April.
"There were many times we sat looking at each other wondering if this would ever be finished. If you decide to do this, don't give up, it's a journey where you learn about yourself and your partner," John said.
The couple plan to use their new home to travel around the country, making their work as Jehovah's Witness Bible educators easier.
"There is a misconception that this is a hippie way of life - that's not the case at all. It's for people who want to live life to the fullest without high expenses. But living simply does not mean living cheaply by any means - we calculated that without labour it cost around R4,500 per square metre."
A big hub for tiny living sprang up in the Free State, at the artist retreat Rosendal.
Long before Covid hit, Debbie Agenbag started building her dream tiny home as a breakaway house in the town. Then the lockdown happened, and finding herself with time on her hands, the Johannesburg-based sports events company owner turned her focus to completing her 60m² house, which has a guest cottage of 28m².
It struck a chord. Agenbag has since created a new job for herself as a project manager for other tiny homes in the town.
They range from just 8m² to 85m². She said homeowners could pay anything between R5,000 per square metre to R20,000 and beyond, depending on the building materials and appliances they use to furnish the home.
Since the lockdown, 35 plots have been bought for building these homes - six have been completed. "The buyers are people between 35 and 45 years old. They are people who want a change in pace and who realise that they don't need an office to work in."