Ar­chi­tect launches minis­eries to show Ki­wis how to build own tiny homes

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - CO­RA­ZON MILLER

A NEW minis­eries, star­ring celebrity Bri­tish ar­chi­tect Ge­orge Clarke, has been launched to help New Zealan­ders build their own tiny house.

The ar­chi­tect first part­nered with build­ing sup­plies com­pany Mitre 10 to help one New Zealand cou­ple ful­fil their own tiny build — a lux­ury hol­i­day home, within a mere 35sq m plot.

Now, he is back in a sec­ond four­part se­ries teach­ing Ki­wis how to de­sign their own tiny 2.4m x 7.2m house and build it from scratch.

Tiny houses have be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar, not just with those look­ing for a lux­ury crib, but also with peo­ple look­ing for a cheaper, smaller al­ter­na­tive.

In this se­ries, Clarke, along with Mitre 10 builder Stan Scott, will take view­ers through the build be­fore it is taken on a trailer on a pub­lic tour around Auck­land city.

The house has a large kitchen and lounge area, wash­ing

ma­chine and dryer, bath­room, mas­ter bed­room and a child’s bed on a sep­a­rate mez­za­nine.

Mr Scott said it was about mak­ing ev­ery lit­tle bit of space in the house count.

‘‘The brief was spa­cious, so we had to max­imise ev­ery bit of space and the fi­nal re­sult is sur­pris­ingly roomy.’’

Clarke said liv­ing small can bring with it so much free­dom.

‘‘There’s stor­age ev­ery­where, a great­size kitchen and no com­pro­mise on the shower room what­so­ever.’’

PHO­TOS: MITRE 10

Com­pact . . . Bri­tish ar­chi­tect and Amaz­ing Spa­ces pre­sen­ter Ge­orge Clarke stands out­side the Mitre 10 tiny house, and In­te­rior views.

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