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  • Published: 23 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143573357
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $50.00

Small House Living


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Small House Living showcases an inspiring collection of homes measuring less than 90m2 from around New Zealand.

Smart, space-efficient houses, ranging from family homes to baches and apartments, demonstrate ingenious ways to reduce floor areas and cut costs within a design-enriched environment.

Small House Living is a book in tune with the current preoccupation with creating affordable housing solutions. Anyone interested in living well with less will find inspiration in the compact yet highly considered homes featured.

  • Pub date: 23 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143573357
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $50.00

About the Author

Catherine Foster

Catherine Foster is a freelance writer with a specific interest in home design. She has been a regular contributor of articles to leading New Zealand home magazines, including Your Home & Garden, HOME New Zealand and NZ House and Garden.

Although trained as a Costume Designer at the London College of Fashion, Catherine found that single motherhood and a career in the film industry was not the best mix. A return to life in New Zealand opened doors to writing about property and lifestyle in all its various forms and for many years Catherine embraced it as a second career string. Eventually though, a general awareness and interest in the principles of good architecture evolved into a more specific interest about how the application of good design principles can produce outcomes that address specific social needs.

Buying Your First Home; an Essential Kiwi Guide (written in conjunction with Shelley Bridgeman) and now Small House Living and Apartment Living New Zealand are direct responses to the growing unaffordability of housing in New Zealand's larger cities. With her belief in consuming the finite resources of Planet Earth responsibly, she sees the harnessing of architectural design principles to build smaller and smarter homes an obvious step in the right direction. No longer needing to accommodate a family, Catherine now lives happily in an apartment.

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Praise for Small House Living

“A beautifully curated selection of some of New Zealand's most interesting little houses: totally relevant as we question the way we utilise space in our cities.”

Architecture New Zealand

“This book shows great things can come in small boxes by featuring an inspiring collection of Kiwi homes that make up for their small dimensions with smart, efficient use of limited space.”

Eastlife

“Built in locations from Dunedin to Auckland, the homes form a parade of variety and inventiveness that will hopefully have you reconsidering how much space you really need when you embark on a project of your own.”

Home

“This is an inspiring collection that demonstrates a new way of living, moving away from the 'bigger is better' attitudes of recent years and offering current and would-be home owners more attainable options.”

Sunday Star-Times

“Absorbing and inspiring.”

Waikato Times (syndicated)

“Full of bright ideas.”

New Zealand Herald

“A great document of a fascinating trend.”

Otago Daily Times

“Superbly presented and photographed.”

Daily Post (syndicated)

“A pleasure to read.”

NZ House & Garden


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