Hobsonville Point, Small Houses

Increasing choice, diversity and affordability through the innovative design of a family of small homes.

Working closely with the Hobsonville Land Company (HLC), Isthmus developed a concept for a range of small houses on small lots with the aim of increasing choice, diversity and affordability at Hobsonville Point, while also contributing to the wider discussion of housing affordability in Auckland. A family of five small homes was designed, which offers a range of options from a single-storey 39m2 one-bedroom house, to a two-storied three-bedroom house of 115m2.

Building small houses saves on the cost of land, building materials, labour and ongoing costs like insurance and heating. Each small home is positioned to make maximum use of the sun while preserving as much of the section for outdoor living. In association with Architecture Workshop, Isthmus developed the designs based on key themes to give the homes a light and spacious character with a real sense of outdoor living. Combined with a series of innovative detailed design and site orientation the homes all have a Homestar 6 rating for sustainability.

Constructed by Classic Builders, a Test Lab of three homes was completed in March 2014 and opened by the Housing Minister. The three homes have been open to visitors; HLC research at the Test Lab shows 69% of people visiting say they could see themselves living in one of the homes. The three Test Lab homes have been sold via a ballot to people who registered their interest during the open homes.