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Thinking Small, Living Large

Whether for financial reasons or just to better their general wellbeing, more and more people are joining the tiny home world.

Encouraged by the prospect of greater financial freedom and a smaller environmental footprint, many across the world are shunning large scale homes in favour of a tiny house.

Similar to that of a traditional home, in terms of construction materials and building conventions used, a tiny home is exactly what it says it is – a small home, essentially a miniature version of a traditional-sized home.

A typical tiny house rarely exceeds 500 square feet, with some as small as 80 square feet, ranging in price from $20,000 – $50,000. There is even the option of a portable tiny house – a tiny house on wheels, which is usually less than 8ft by 20ft.

Not only are tiny houses less expensive in terms of taxes, building, heating, maintenance and repair costs, tiny houses may also encourage a less cluttered and more simplified lifestyle, thereby benefiting those who live within these homes as well as the environment.

Originating in Charlotte, North Carolina, the tiny house movement has quickly swept across the US at lighting speed and continues to flourish across the world, with its vision of living simply and sustainably. In a sense, it is both an architectural and social movement.

While the tiny house isn’t necessarily any easier to build than a regular home, many tiny home-owners opt to construct their own house with little to no expertise and this is part of the appeal, providing a sense of satisfaction. There are a wealth of tiny house resources out there now including e-books and blogs, as well as conferences and companies such as Portland Alternative Dwellings, a tiny house education and consulting company, that support those embarking on building their own tiny house.

Curious? Find inspiration in some of our favourite houses.

 

Five Minutes with Adrienne Mamo

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With the festive season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your home shipshape for summer entertaining. We chat to Managing Director of May Time – one of New Zealand’s leading furniture and home ware wholesalers – to get the scoop on what’s going to be hot this coming season.

What interior trends are you looking forward to the most this season? 

There is a beautiful colour palette of moody pinks, blues and greens coming through that creates a soft, summery look. Accessorise with coppers and bronzes against a background of light timbers, marble table tops and accessories.

 What quick tips can you give us for sprucing up our homes once summer arrives?

Cushions on sofas and beds in the colours of summer change the feel of your home immediately. Place vases of fresh flowers inside, pop candles on outside tables and new towels in the bathroom. Then clean the windows and it will feel like you’re walking into a new home.

What are three things that every home should have? 

A top quality sofa, dimmable lighting and lots of books

 Share an interior design secret with us.

If you hate the curtains in your new home turn them around on the track so the lining faces the room for a temporary fix.

Discover some of our favourite May Time pieces below and click here to find out where to buy them.

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