Rein­vent­ing home con­struc­tion

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In 1947, Robin Boyd, the doyen of Modernist ar­chi­tec­ture in Aus­tralia, es­tab­lished the Small Homes Ser­vice in con­junc­tion with the Royal Vic­to­rian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects. For �5, you could choose from a range of plans to build your house. The in­ten­tion was to make the plea­sure of liv­ing in an ar­chi­tect­de­signed space a re­al­ity for home­buy­ers of mod­est means.

Boyd con­sid­ered home own­er­ship to be a fun­da­men­tal need. He said hav­ing a small house “in a fenced al­lot­ment is as in­evitable and un­ques­tion­able a goal of the average Aus­tralian as mar­riage”.

This tra­di­tion continues with a rather mod­ern twist. En­ter Wik­iHouse, an idea that sprouted in the United King­dom in 2011, flflour­ished in New Zealand and is now be­ing

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