This compact, eco-friendly home is big on design

Published: May 16, 2016 · Updated: September 22, 2017

Dubbed the Little Black Barn, Laura and Robbie’s small Queenstown home is big on design.

When Laura and Robbie started thinking about designing their dream family home in Queenstown, New Zealand, they wanted it to be as eco-friendly as possible, even if that meant sacrificing square-footage. With this green mandate in mind, Robbie, who runs the architectural practise The Draughting Company, came up with a layout featuring two bedrooms, an open concept kitchen/living room, and a studio for Laura, who works as a graphic designer and artist.

While the couple had to forgo a garage and separate bedrooms for their two young children, they did get a house with plenty of energy-efficient features, like airtight wrap, which will prevent unintentional air leakage through walls and ceilings, hi-spec windows with low-e coatings, and integrated passive design. And the interiors are equally impressive too: cool graphic furniture and natural wood finishes complement the stark white walls. Dubbed the Little Black Barn, Laura and Robbie’s small home is big on design.