Thirty-five square metres of living for a family of four with all the trappings? Surely not.

THE STORY

If you were to consider this Raglan bach on the raw numbers alone, it really shouldn’t work. Thirty-five square metres of living for a family of four, including a bunkroom, master bedroom and a third bed, plus kitchen and bathroom? Surely not.


Yet the owners of this ‘tiny house’ have managed to pack all of the above into a slick-looking 4.3-metre high timber structure without it feeling like a squeeze at all.


Among the clever sleights-of-hand involved are a pull-down wall-bed, and the use of a ladder and trapdoor to reach the loft bedroom, along with a variety of nifty storage features. They also chose a mid-green for the interior that links it directly with the views of bush and distant grassed hills, fostering a sense of space.


It helps, too, that they’ve made smart decisions on windows and doors, optimising the flow between inside and outside with generous openings.


For the largest of these, a four-metre-plus opening between the living area and the deck, they went for an innovative over-the-wall slider from the First Windows & Doors range that not only maximises access, it retracts over a room that needs walls more than glazing – a snug use of space in every sense.


The rest of the house uses windows from the First Residential Series, a mix of awning windows, fixed windows and a louvre set in the loft bedroom, all finished in a light bronze anodised finish to complement the house’s vertical cedar cladding.


In such a diminutive house, where space is at a premium, every element has to fight for inclusion. Nevertheless, there’s always room in any residence for at least one flamboyant gesture – in this case, a gold-framed mirror in the bathroom. Small house, big heart.

Manufacturer
Architect Pacific Environments NZ
Builder Brad Davis
Region Waikato

A light bronze anodised finish complements the vertical cedar cladding

Key products featured in this home
Metro Series
Metro Series
Urbo Hardware
Urbo Hardware
Over the Wall Slider
Over the Wall Slider
Anodised Colour
Anodised Colour