Garage Conversions

A garage conversion is an inexpensive way to accommodate extended family.

Garage Conversions – The Smart way to Convert. Converting¬†a garage into a granny flat is certainly one way to create a separate dwelling in your own back yard. And because the roof, walls and floor are already in place, it can be a relatively inexpensive process. However, it’s not quite as simple as throwing up […]



Anywhere you choose – ¬†Rod Gibson/Habode Built Area: ¬† ¬† 80 m2 + decks ¬†(864 sq.ft. + decks) The New Zealand built HABODE can be shipped anywhere in the world, trucked to site, ‘unfolded’ and be habitable in just two days. ¬†It is designed and built to withstand extreme weather conditions and meets and exceeds […]

Koya No Sumika

Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan – mA-style Architects Built area:¬† ¬† ¬†77.8 sqm (840 sq. ft.) Year built:¬† ¬† ¬†2013 Photography:¬† ¬† ¬†Kai Nakamura When two adult families share a home, stresses inevitably arise. The Japanese are masters at respecting privacy. Traditional homes have – quite literally, paper-thin walls or screens called shoji. Even modern Japanese homes […]

Paihia Retreat –
Hanging From a Portal Frame

The home 'hangs' from the portal frame...

Paihia ¬†Bay of Island ¬†NZ ¬†– ¬†Andr√© Hodgskin / Architex NZ Type: ¬† ¬† Modular/Prefabricated Built area: ¬† ¬†100m2 Year: ¬† ¬† 2004 Designed for a¬†bachelor, ¬†the¬†home sits on 10 acres of beautiful indigenous bush overlooking the Bay of Islands. Only the house site has been cleared and the views are through dense black ti-tree. […]

A global problem – a backyard solution…

In this article, I’m going to focus on Sydney, Australia because I know it intimately. ¬†But Sydney is no different to all the world’s major cities. ¬†It ran out of readily¬†accessible¬†land decades ago! People are now forced to¬†commute¬†for up to two hours just to get to their workplace! Sound¬†familiar? People and¬†local¬†governments¬†all over¬†the¬†world are interested in […]

House Arc

House Arc Bellomo Architects

Big Island, Hawaii ¬†– ¬†Bellomo Architects Photography: Drew Kelly Yesterday’s post about prefabricated housing certainly seemed to ‘hit the spot’. ¬†Here’s another very interesting alternative to conventional, on-site construction. All of the components can be made off-site and assembled and completed in just three days. ¬†The uses are limited only by your imagination – granny […]

Prefab comes of age

Prefab comes of age

Fluid spaces –¬†Michelle Kaufmann, Design 101 and Blazer Industries When most of us think of pre-fabricated housing, images of low quality trailer homes spring to mind. ¬†But in recent years, a combination of new technologies, better designs, experimentation and rising construction costs have seen a¬†renaissance¬†in factory built housing. If you picture a typical building site […]

(BIG) Little House

Big Little House Granny Flat

Berkeley¬†California ¬†– ¬†The Hopkins Studio For an ageing parent to move into a garden unit or ‘granny flat’ usually means downsizing. That can be a difficult adjustment for many. On the other hand, the move typically occurs because the ‘family home’ has become to hard to manage. By keeping walls to a minimum and ensuring […]

Flat Packed In Kent

Kent Granny Flat

Kent, U.K. –¬† Built Area: ¬†90 m2 ¬†(968 sq. ft.) The term ‘Granny’ flat derives from an earlier era when husbands were usually older than their brides and had shorter life-spans. Even as recently as the 1980’s, women were likely to outlive their husbands by close to 10 years. Many families bought the widow into […]

The Blob is coming…

Totally Mobile – dmvA Architecten Belgium Built Area: ¬† ¬† ¬† 20 m2 ¬†(216 sq ft) Project Year:¬† ¬†¬†2009 Photography: ¬†Frederik Vercruysse The Challenge: The client, the principal of Xfactor Agencies, wanted a home office extension designed and built. ¬†The local planning authority refused consent despite various submissions covering a range of options. The Solution: […]