Tiny houses


Just like the 1950s long past, so too should be the idea of hav­ing a bach and a Beamer that are only used for the oc­ca­sional week­end or hol­i­day get­away, or a house on a quar­ter acre with two cars in the garage and a white picket fence – or so say some ad­vo­cates of tiny houses.

As the name sug­gests, tiny houses are just that: small. But per­haps not as small as one might as­sume, since they’re de­signed in such a way as to max­imise ef­fi­ciency and what space they have – and min­imise the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact. A grow­ing move­ment world­wide, tiny houses are also be­com­ing more pop­u­lar in New Zealand due in no small part to the fact they’re of­ten more af­ford­able than larger homes and have en­joyed con­sid­er­able pos­i­tive press from envy-in­duc­ing so­cial me­dia cov­er­age.

As Pre­fab NZ chief ex­ec­u­tive Pamela Bell told Stuff: “There’s a se­ri­ous hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity cri­sis and we’ve been buy­ing homes big­ger than we ac­tu­ally need.”

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