The number of people interested in and wanting a tiny home is exploding beyond what anyone in the design and building industry could have ever expected. From being the only viable option for first home buyers to offering an easy second income as a guest house, it is clear that the tiny home is no longer just an alternative lifestyle for hippies.
The tiny home movement, as it was coined in the early 2000’s, came from a rebellion in the US to the disproportionately large average size homes which exploded to over +230m2 despite family sizes getitng smaller. The same appears to have happened here in NZ with people opting to live more simply for both environmental and economic reasons – it is becoming the new aspirational lifestyle.
As Creative Space Arcchitectural Design’s creative director, Andre Laurent, explains, “A standard NZ home is 220 square metres and we can quite easily live in half of that area which immediately means we’re halving the costs.
“In exploring tiny homes and moving in that direction, the question is how small can we get it without compromising how we live?”
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