Think lit­tle

We find the lat­est ways to live large on a more mod­est foot­print, from apart­ments and con­tainer homes to pre­fabs

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Sally Conor and Fiona Ralph.

Once upon a time, ev­ery Kiwi dreamed of a quar­ter-acre sec­tion com­plete with a house, two-car garage, ro­tary clothes­line and vege gar­den. This ideal per­sists for many, but some are rewrit­ing their home own­er­ship dream to in­clude more ef­fi­cient spa­ces, com­mu­nal ar­eas and green tech­nol­ogy. At the end of the day, the ques­tion we all ask our­selves is: what kind of home will al­low us and our fam­i­lies to live well in 2018 and be­yond? Small liv­ing of­fers some ap­peal­ing so­lu­tions, and ev­ery year there are more and more op­tions for small homes on the mar­ket, as well as ideas for shrink­ing our en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print. In this year’s small homes re­port, we’ve rounded up the key choices, as well as sug­gest­ing some ways to re­duce your life­style for the ben­e­fit of the en­vi­ron­ment – and your pocket.

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