Smart Small Space

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Good things come in small packages.

The benefits of a small home include less cleaning, less clutter, less carbon footprint… and less ground to cover when you're trying to track down your car keys.

New Zealand designers are proving small low-cost first homes can be stylish as well as functional.

Case in point is Kose Family Home by Bernie Kose, an ADNZ|Resene award winning compact three bedroom design, built on a modest budget of $250,000.

This week Defign Blog looks at some clever ways of making the most of small spaces - without sacrificing form over function.

Kose Family Home is energy efficient and relatively maintenance free. Located in the historic riverside town of Warkworth it is a snug 105m2 and it's very smart on space.
BK Design director Bernie Kose says good design is fundamental to architecture, no matter how large or small the project.

"While space for storage was limited, we managed to include a good sized linen cupboard, modest wardrobes in two bedrooms, walk in wardrobe for the master bedroom and a built in pantry for the kitchen,' says Bernie. "Having the laundry in the bathroom is also a creative space saver."

Where possible, furniture and appliances are built up and in. An AV cupboard in the hallway removes the visual clutter of electronic devices from the living room and the TV and sound bar are mounted to the wall to release valuable floor space. Book shelves are built into the living room and in the dining room; the computer desk is also built in and tucked away.

Good design aids efficient use of space and can make a small room look bigger.

Bernie has exaggerated the room sizes with raked ceilings throughout the home. A large stacker slider provides streamlined indoor/outdoor living - opening out onto a generous timber deck and private back garden.

This first home for a young family is practical and cost-effective, as well as being modern and stylish.

Clever thinking is required when it comes to complex design issues, says Architectural Designers New Zealand CEO Astrid Andersen.

"Particularly in the compact Auckland building environment where house prices are heated and there is pressure to deliver to market. Small, low-cost first homes which are cleverly designed are the smart way to go."

KiwiSaver HomeStart grants are available to eligible members building a new home or purchasing land to build a new home on ADNZ provides advice on preparing a brief and selecting a designer for your new home and you can see more of Bernie Kose’s designs at