Small new-builds

Your Home and Garden - - Small Homes Report -

A “small house” de­scribes a home that is less than 93 square me­tres. So why bother with a small house when you could just de­sign and build a gen­er­ous home to suit your fam­ily? Part of the an­swer is: ef­fi­ciency and ease.

Small house ar­chi­tec­ture is all about an ef­fi­cient use of space that is cus­tomised to suit the way you live. “Small homes are eas­ier to heat, cool, ven­ti­late and clean,” says Tim Git­tos of Space Craft Ar­chi­tects. He’s see­ing in­creas­ing amounts of in­fill build­ing on the scraps of left­over land in our cities. “For first-home buy­ers, small new-builds closer to the city cen­tre have be­come a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to larger houses or cook­iecut­ter homes on the city out­skirts,” he says.

Space Craft is also work­ing on some ex­cit­ing co-hous­ing projects, where peo­ple club to­gether to buy land and build small houses with shared com­mon ar­eas. “This is a very ex­cit­ing new area to be a part of,” he says.

Pros

+ Can cus­tomise to suit site and pref­er­ences + High qual­ity and fin­ish­ing + Op­tions for com­mu­nal liv­ing

Cons

+ Can be a more ex­pen­sive op­tion + Can take longer from de­sign to build

Con­sid­er­a­tions

+ The con­sent process will be sim­i­lar to a nor­mal new-build + Some sub­di­vi­sions have min­i­mum home-size re­quire­ments

FAB­RIC OF ONE­HUNGA (pic­tured left and be­low) is a new com­plex in Auck­land. De­scribed as a “pocket neigh­bour­hood”, it aims to com­bine apart­ment liv­ing with green spa­ces.

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