small homes

Pitched perfect

Builder-designer Sally Wills specialises in compact housing, and her new home is an exemplar of affordable 7 Star construction.

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On cloud nine

This New Zealand architect borrowed a Japanese compact house concept for his own small home, achieving an uplifting living space in a mere 50 square metres.

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Collective wisdom

Subdividing her backyard to build a small-footprint house for herself has allowed Vicky Grosser to show how appropriate development can improve the sustainability and affordability of our cities.

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Off-grid transformer

Set on a secluded site with ocean views, this off-grid house on the Hawaiian island of Maui demonstrates that a local size restriction needn’t get in the way of a functional, flexible, lovely home.

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Small footprint, smart ideas

A renovated worker’s cottage in Melbourne’s inner west marries age-old passive solar principles with bleeding-edge technology.

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Downsize by design

Downsizing can be an emotional as well as logistical challenge, but such a mega transition can be made easier when the new home is designed to last a lifetime.

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Bucking the trend

Undeterred by the obvious shortcomings of this small house on a tiny block, architect Kurt Crisp has created a light-filled, sustainable and much-loved home for his family.

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Shipshape retreat

Working with a modest budget, architect Matt Elkan transforms four salvaged shipping containers into a stylish, low-maintenance getaway on the NSW south coast. Open for Sustainable House Day 2017.

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Composting toilets can be installed in boats, motor-homes, regular homes and sheds built on concrete slabs.