Commonwealth Games: The Kiwi athlete designing tiny houses

Kiwi diver Shaye Boddington has been on the Gold Coast competing at the Commonwealth Games, but back home she has a fascinating job waiting for her.

The 31-year-old from Auckland designs tiny houses.

"I'll talk to my clients and find out how they live and how they operate in their normal space, and then come up with designs that I think will really suit them," she told Newshub.

"I have a builder who works for me, basically from design through to finish... Then they [the clients] tow it away and park it up where they want."

Boddington, who studied design at university, loves tiny houses so much she has even built one for herself in west Auckland. It's called Lucy and is being rented out at the moment.

"I lived in Auckland and I wanted my own house. I knew to have a conventional house would keep me strapped to a massive mortgage for a long time.

"I wanted something that was more affordable and something that was less of an environmental impact as well."

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A growing interest in the "tiny house movement" comes down to people just wanting their own space, she says.

"Renting... it's never really your own space. So, people are drawn to the fact that, yes it might be small, but it's mine - I can make it beautiful, I can make it my own."

Boddington made a remarkable comeback to diving last year after more than a decade out of the sport.