Whether you want to downsize, free up some cash or say goodbye to renting, these small homes proves that size does not necessarily matter
Whether you’re looking to declutter your life by downsizing, want to free up some cash, or say goodbye to renting, small homes offer lots of opportunities. Size does not necessarily matter when it comes to quality of life and more and more people are choosing to embrace the pared back lifestyle of living in a small home. Here’s our pick of great little one bedders from around the country.
1. Fabulous package
This lovely little home in Waikanae encapsulates all the pluses of scaling down your lifestyle. The clean lines of the ply-clad interior make the most of the 28m2 living space with a wall of glass opening to a sunny deck.
Everything you need is here and you’ll enjoy cooking in the well-equipped kitchen and there’s a sparkling new bathroom too.
Close to the river and beach on a generous site a sleep out and shed completes a fabulous package.
2. Get planning
A great interim step while you make plans for developing the large level site, this storage shed in Selwyn has been kitted out with all the comforts of home, including a wood burner for cosy winter nights.
The living area is light and roomy with a leafy outlook and the large garage is perfect for storage.
3. On the ladder
What a cutie! Kiss the landlord goodbye and enjoy living in this two storey weatherboard cottage in Titirangi which is deceptively spacious at 70m2.
There’s a bright kitchen in the modern open plan living area which spills out onto a deck and landscaped garden with plenty of room to have friends for a barbie.
Snuggle up under the eaves of the attic bedroom and congratulate yourself for stepping on the property ladder.
4. Great lifestyle
Want to enjoy a beach lifestyle without the multi-million dollar price tag? This little one bedder in Mangawhai with great views from the deck could be the answer you’re looking for.
The size of the spacious, light kitchen and living area is doubled by the big deck to make a perfect entertaining space.
Upstairs the bedroom has a lovely balcony to enjoy your morning coffee as you gaze over popular Mangawhai.
5. The beach on a budget
You can hear the surf from this little one bedder, it’s so close to beautiful Ohope Beach. There’s nothing to do to the light and airy interior with the living opening to a deck and level, grassed outdoor area.
There’s also a humungous garage that could be repurposed for extra accommodation or just be the shed of your dreams.
Perfect for retirees or hobbyists who hanker for the beach life on a budget.
7. Dream about it
You can stroll down the track through bush and across a reserve from this little beauty on the Karikari Peninsula to a pristine beach that seems to be all yours it’s so private.
The two cabins offer plenty of possibilities for configuring living spaces and accommodation but are fully functional as they are.
Relax on the deck and enjoy the sea views while you relish the peace offered by the whopping bush-clad site. The stuff dreams are made of.
Words by: Sarah Beresford.