Small and Modern Nearly Passive Home

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Small homes might well be the answer for people looking to downsize, but are not quite ready to go all the way to a tiny home. Small homes, which usually measure upwards of 400 sq ft are also more fitting for families, while still allowing great overall savings. This so-called starter home was designed by Paul Hennessy of Park Homes in Christchurch, New Zealand, and it is small, affordable and built to Passive House standards.

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The home is very modern and measures 430 sq ft. It also rests on a trailer base, so it can even be moved around at need. The wheels are hidden from view when the home is not being transported using a screen made of structural insulated panels (SIPs). The latter were also used to construct the walls of the home. The home has a very unique and interesting exterior cladding, which is made of aluminum composite panels (ACP). It’s not a common building material and is usually used for billboards, and there may be some fire safety concerns associated with it. The home is very well-insulated and even though it is built to passive house standards, the actual performance numbers were not revealed.

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The interior is comprised of an open-plan living and kitchen area. The kitchen is quite spacious for such a small space and looks comfortable to use. A hallway separates the living area from the bedroom, bathroom, and office, which can also be used as a second bedroom if needed. While many small home designers do not opt for hallways, since they are a bit of a waste of space, Paul wanted to make his small home look more like a regular one.

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The bathroom is of a decent size, and features a sink, shower and toilet. The main bedroom is also quite large for a small home, with enough room for a closet. There is also storage space hidden under the bed.

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The main goal of building this home was to create an affordable “starter home” which appears like a regular house and could serve as a first house for young couples. According to Paul’s estimates, it would cost around $55,000 to build this home, which is indeed affordable. The home is also earthquake-resistant.

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